Will Wyoming Join Nebraska and Oklahoma’s Supreme Court Challenge to Colorado Pot Laws?
Attorney Generals from Nebraska and Oklahoma announced yesterday that they will petition the United States Supreme Court to declare Colorado's recreational pot laws unconstitutional. Will Wyoming be next?
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has expressed concerns about the impact Colorado's laws have in a border state where possession remains illegal.
Last year, the former prosecutor told the Associated Press, "My belief is that the recreational drug use of marijuana in Colorado will have adverse impact to some degree, we don’t know what yet, to citizens in Wyoming,”
The governor also stated that he can't imagine Wyoming citizens would ever vote to legalize marijuana. "I not only don’t see that in the near future. I don’t see it in any future,” Mead said.
A recent statewide poll conducted by the University of Wyoming found that, while 72% of the participants support medical marijuana use, only 35% are in favor of legalizing the drug for recreational use.
Law enforcement officials throughout Wyoming claim that Colorado's lenient pot laws have led to increased trafficking across the border. Authorities from all of Colorado's border states have issued warnings to the public that marijuana possession will continue to be prosecuted.
It's unlikely that New Mexico and Arizona would join Nebraska and Oklahoma's challenge to Colorado pot laws. However, don't be surprised if Wyoming either joins the suit or files one of their own. Kansas and Utah probably won't be far behind.