are nearing our unofficial holiday, April 20th. More commonly known as 420! The
origin of the significance of this date has been tied to high school kids
gathering after school to toke up at 4:20. It is also Hitler’s birthday and the
anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.
celebrate the acceptance of cannabis across our nation, Alaska being the most
recent state to make recreational cannabis legal and all of the new states
placing medical and recreational cannabis on their ballots; there is a dark
shadow looming over all of this progress.
A few of
the sheriffs in Colorado are joining in a lawsuit filed against Governor John
Hickenlooper (on behalf of the State of Colorado) alleging the voters of
Colorado do not have the right to make some possession of cannabis legal. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug and illegal under federal law.
these plaintiffs are suing in their “individual capacity,” as follows: Justin
E. Smith of Larimer County, Chad Day of Yuma County, Shayne Heap of Elbert
County, Ronald B. Bruce of Hinsdale County, Casey Sheridan of Kiowa County and
Fred McKee of Delta County.
there are some out-of-state plaintiffs as well, I am focusing on the locals who
are ensuring that your tax dollars will be expended defending against their
lawsuit putting these five individuals in the limelight for their own personal
reasons (maybe they will be running for the state legislature soon).
are a few questions you should ask them when you get a chance; they should be
happy to answer:
1. How much is this costing them each individually? Where is the money coming
from to stage this lawsuit? The five named lawyers who are bringing the
action are all associated with the firm of Jackson Lewis, P.C. and are from
Massachusetts, Virginia and Colorado.
2. Why are they only suing the Democratic
governor? How about all of the Republican and Democratic state senators and
state legislators who passed all of this cannabis legislation? How about all
of the county commissioners and city council people who have passed local
ordinances? Aren’t they the real culprits?
3. Why are they also not going after medical cannabis?
Medical cannabis is just as illegal under federal law as retail cannabis is. Maybe,
it would look even more like bullies and narcissists trying to take away
people’s medication? What makes medical cannabis off-limits to these five guys?
If you read their lawsuit, their reasoning applies to both medical and retail cannabis.
poor “individuals” say in their lawsuit they are in such a quandary trying to
figure out which laws to uphold; state or federal. Since they are county
sheriffs elected by citizens of their county within the State of Colorado, maybe
they could worry about upholding local and state laws and leave the federal
laws to federal law enforcement? Since
when did a county sheriff charge a federal crime anyway?
them, and ask them these questions.