Target: Jon Bruning, Attorney General of Nebraska and Scott Pruitt, Attorney General of Oklahoma
Goal: Demand that Attorneys General Bruning and Pruitt abandon attempts to shut down neighboring Colorado’s legalized marijuana program
Since voting to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, Washington and Colorado have seen an increase in much-needed revenues. Teen drug use has not increased as some had feared. Money previously wasted on imprisoning non-violent offenders can instead be put towards treatment, research and education. But not everyone is hailing the program as a success. The Attorneys General of Oklahoma and Nebraska, both of which border Colorado, have sued the state and are demanding that the Supreme Court shut down its legalized marijuana industry.
According to the New York Times, these neighboring states have seen an increase in marijuana-related arrests since Colorado voted to legalize. Court costs and other law enforcement expenses have skyrocketed. As Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said, “While Colorado reaps millions from the production and sale of pot, Nebraska taxpayers have to bear the cost.”
Yet rather than recognize the shift in public opinion and state policies, Nebraska and Oklahoma would prefer to spend tax dollars imprisoning non-violent offenders than see an increase in revenues from legalization. Even Congress has acknowledged the growing trend of states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, recently voting to end a long-standing federal ban.
Call on the Attorneys General of Nebraska and Oklahoma to end their attack on legalized marijuana, and to cease criminalizing the use of this widely recognized medicine.
Dear Attorneys General Bruning and Pruitt,
Your ongoing insistence on criminalizing marijuana use runs counter to the national trend, and makes less and less sense in light of policies favored by neighboring Colorado. Rather than spending much-needed revenue on law enforcement, court costs and imprisoning people for simple possession charges you could transition towards legalized marijuana use and benefit from improved regulation and the opportunity to tax sales within your states. Why, then, would you persist in suing Colorado in an attempt to end its legalized marijuana program?
Even the federal government has abandoned its failed policy of banning medical use. One can expect that before long America’s prohibition on marijuana will be a thing of the past. I urge you to drop your frivolous lawsuit against the state of Colorado, and instead to embrace the many benefits of legalized, regulated marijuana.
[Your Name Here]
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