The residents of Colorado filed two lawsuits against the legalization of marijuana businesses, seeking federal action to close the recreational pot market.
This is the first in state legal action that has sought opposition against the legalization of marijuana.
The lawsuits were filed by the owners of a Holiday Inn and a horse farm with implicit backing from Safe Streets, an anti-marijuana group that has been against the legalization of the weeds.
According to the aggrieved parties, giving legal status to the marijuana industry is the direct violation of the law called ‘Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act’.
The petitioners also presented the harmful consequences of allowing the recreational marijuana businesses to flourish in the close proximity, saying it is damaging their property because of the “offensive smell”. Moreover, it is also driving away their legitimate businesses customers, the plaintiff said.
Responding to the lawsuit, the Marijuana Policy Project urged the supporters to boycott the hotel brand after posting its request on the social networking site Facebook.
This is not the first instance when the opposition against the legalization of marijuana has been witnessed in the United States. The legal use of marijuana as well as its sale for recreational and medical purposes has turned as a hotly debated political issue across the United States with a number of states contemplating the initiatives of the authorities for legalizing the pot.