Religious Crusaders v. The State of Colorado

Who exactly is behind the lawsuits over Colorado’s legal marijuana?

Out-of-state anti-drug crusaders are taking Colorado marijuana to court 

Denver Post 01/17/2016

The above article by Ricardo Baca, is one of the most informative articles I’ve read in a while. The ramifications of the lawsuits brought on by these “anti-drug crusaders” aren’t just limited to Colorado. Also, it’s easy to conclude that these crusaders really have only one enemy ~ the cannabis sativa plant.

Brian Barnes, a Washington, D.C attorney with Cooper & Kirk, is quoted as saying: “We’re putting a bounty on the heads of anyone doing business with the marijuana industry…,”

Question: Who is this arrogant sounding East Coast attorney? Putting a bounty on the heads of law abiding citizens out in Colorado!” This flag is displayed on the Cooper & Kirk web site means, “Either conquer or die.”

"Vincere aut mori" is Latin meaning "Either conquer or die."
“Vincere aut mori” is Latin for “Either conquer or die.”

Yikes! Just who are these people with their strange sounding battle cry? What must they conquer with their lawsuits and what are they willing to die for?

These highlights from the Denver Post article gives a glimpse into who they are and what they are up to.

  • The lawsuits, which make allegations of racketeering and claim that Colorado’s pot laws violate the U.S. Constitution,… (RICO Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)
  • “I don’t think the general public understands who is really behind these cases,” said Christian Sederberg, a Denver attorney who focuses on marijuana law. “It’s critical that the people of Colorado know that there are out-of-state legal interests and policymakers who are essentially and entirely backing these cases.”
  • Brian Barnes, the attorney representing Washington, D.C.-based Safe Streets. “As we understand the law under RICO, anyone who provides services to a marijuana operation is exposing themselves to potential liability under RICO.”

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