Sheriffs From 3 States Join Forces To Take Aim At Colorado's Marijuana Law

WASHINGTON -- Twelve sheriffs from three states said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Colorado's law legalizing marijuana for recreational use creates a "crisis of conscience" by forcing them to uphold state law when their oath of office also includes a promise to uphold the federal Constitution.

At a press conference after the suit was filed, a handful of those sheriffs -- from Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas -- said they hoped the courts could determine whether the Constitution's Supremacy Clause would pre-empt Amendment 64, which Colorado voters approved in 2012. More than 330 licensed marijuana dispensaries now operate in Colorado, more than a year after the law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

"I'm first and foremost a law man and one of my primary responsibilities is to defend the rule of law," Colorado's Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said. "Amendment 64 created a constitutional showdown and...

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