- The Weed Blog https://www.theweedblog.com

Oklahoma Republicans Step Up for State’s Marijuana Rights


oklahoma state capitol medical marijuana rallyRecently, Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against Colorado concerning legalized marijuana. According to Jon Bruning, the Attorney General for Nebraska, Colorado is at odds with federal law, which makes no exceptions for cannabis. Furthermore, since marijuana is still federally illegal, Colorado is at odds with our constitutional principles.

But Republican law makers are to the rescue in this regard! I know!? One would have never thought that a conservative would come to the side of cannabis reform in this kind of lawsuit, but Republican legislators say that it the wrong kind of action.

A group of seven legislators led by Representative Mike Ritze say that this kind of action is completely unconstitutional, and not in line with our nation’s tenth amendment: state’s rights. Yes! Finally! Because this is entirely a state’s rights issue.

When Colorado legalized marijuana essentially the state nullified the federal government’s ban, which is within Colorado’s constitutional rights. In the group’s letter to the Attorney General, they write:

 We think the best move at this point would be to quietly drop the action against Colorado, and if necessary, defend the state’s right to set its own policies, as we hope other states would defend our right to govern ourselves with constitutional confines.”

What a breath of fresh air. Good job, Oklahoma law makers.


About Author

John Knetemann currently attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he is a chapter leader for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. John has had a passion for drug policy reform since he was a senior in high school, and hasn’t looked back since. Along with his work in SSDP, he is a part of the North American Executive Board for Students For Liberty. You can find John on Twitter.


  1. Guardian Angel on

    North & South Carolina applause Rep. Mike Ritze and the other legislators for standing up for state rights!!! I am a Non-Smoker, but I do believe that if US citizens want to partake in marijuana use instead of alcohol, then they should have that right. LET FREEDOM RING!!!!

  2. You’d better be glad they’re still producing oil, otherwise we’d be paying a foreign country for it.
    And it you believe gasoline powered vehicles are going away any time soon, then there’s a bridge for sale that might interest you…

  3. You are absolutely correct. I does go both ways, and perhaps in the future OK will also step up and realize that replacing fossil fuel with hemp based products, and planting every inch of those old oil fields with fields of hemp may not only be profitable, but be better in every way for their state. I applaud their efforts, no matter what their motive may be. Chalk one up for cannabis reform. And perhaps this will be a deterrent for Kansas, who was thinking of joining the lawsuit against Colorado. I have a dream! I dream that the amber waves of (monsanto) grain in the middle of the US will become a sea of green that bows respectfully to the winds of change. Shit – didn’t mean to get poetic.

  4. davidaquarius on

    To them, it is just a states rights issue, plain and simple. Don’t look for them to jump on board the MMJ bandwagon any time soon. They realize that passing this law would jeopardize their agenda and take away one of their prime weapons, especially with regard to the EPA and the Feds. They cry out ‘State’s Rights!’ whenever the EPA tries to limit all those toxins and pollutants produced by their oil wells. Enacting this law would take that argument away.

  5. I am glad that our elected officials are taking a stand against a entirely illegal and horrible lawsuit that if won could have adverse affects on a states rights.

  6. I never thought I would ever say anything nice about Oklahoma Republicans, but props to Rep. Mike Ritze and the other legislators. Thank you all for standing up and being true to your tenth amendment principles.

Leave A Reply