Colorado pot law faces racketeering lawsuit

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  1. dawg

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    DENVER — A Colorado hotel franchise and two property owners filed lawsuits Thursday to bring a halt to the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana, citing violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

    The federal lawsuits, which also list the anti-crime Safe Streets Alliance as a plaintiff, are the first of their kind challenging Colorado’s first-in-the-nation recreational marijuana market, which began operating in January 2014.

    The lawsuits “ask the federal courts to order Colorado officials to comply with federal law and stop issuing state licenses to deal illegal drugs,” according to a Thursday statement on the alliance’s website.

    “In addition to shutting down the operations targeted in its suit, Safe Streets hopes that its use of the federal racketeering laws will serve as a model for other business and property owners who have been injured by the rise of the commercial marijuana industry,” said the statement.

    The latest challenges arrive two months after the attorneys general for Nebraska and Oklahoma filed lawsuits against Colorado alleging that recreational marijuana is seeping into their states illegally. That case is before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority in Washington, D.C., said he doubted the effort would be successful, but “if it is, its primary effect will be to push marijuana back into the hands of the cartel- and gang-controlled black market.”

    “The legal marijuana industry has to abide by regulations and controls that seek to protect public safety, whereas organized crime groups have absolutely no incentive to play by the rules and keep marijuana out of the hands of young people or to test and label products for potency and purity,” Mr. Angell said.
    Along with state officials, the lawsuits list as plaintiffs a number of pot shops, business consultants, bankers, construction companies, and others that are accused of being part of the “racketeering enterprise.”

    The first lawsuit was filed by Michael and Phillis Reilly, who own 105 acres that sit adjacent to a recreational marijuana grow in Rye, Colorado, owned by the company 6480 Pickney LLC, which has leased the land to Camp Feel Good, according to the brief.

    The lawsuit alleges that those corporations, along with participating pot shops, a construction company and an insurance company, form a racketeering ring “for the purpose of cultivating marijuana,” which violates the RICO statute.
    The Reillys, who own nearby lots used for horseback riding at the Meadows at Legacy Ranch, have seen their property values reduced by the large marijuana cultivation facility, the lawsuit says.

    “Furthermore, the large quantity of drugs at marijuana grows makes them targets for theft, and a prospective buyer of the Reillys’ land would reasonably worry that the 6480 Pickney Road marijuana grow will increase crime in the area,” said the lawsuit. “Prospective buyers would also worry that once it is complete the 6480 Pickney Road marijuana grow will emit pungent odors, thus further interfering with the use and enjoyment of the Reillys’ land.”


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    Fucking stoner hippy retards had to ruin it for all the responsible blunt burning aristocrats...
     
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    It is a cash cow, shit won't go anywhere
     
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    Right, no one is giving up the weed.
     
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    scotus will uphold it certainly they love wiping their ass w states rights
     
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    everybody needs to stop smoking pot legally because these whiny cocksuckers might lose business due to the smell of growing weed. :jj:



    between big pharma and booze pushers and religious douche bags who think booze should be illegal too, the hysterics won't end for years.


    it'll be fun to watch them do this :nooo:
     
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    Obvious consequences of Gov't in the weed business...
    -tax-tariff-licensing fees-shit paper work fees taxes fees.....$$$$$
    -They will spent more time and resources going after the illegal competition=war on drugs on steroids.
     
  9. Beth Onostrosky

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    They complain about pot smell? Last I checked it smells a lot better than horse shit.
     
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    pot has so many wonderful odors. people who don't smoke think everything smells skunky, so they assume all pot will smell like skunk. they need to be educated.

    there are very few flowers that smell as great as many pot strains while they are in flower.
     
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    Smell? Put them on the broad street subway platform in Philadelphia mid August. Now that's a smell
     
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    We might see a reversal on the pot legalization if the GOP gets the Presidency in 2016.

    But I can see it going ahead if it is with a Ted Cruz or Rand Paul type.