Here’s an interesting tactic that could be taken up by opponents of a tribal pot smoking business being opened up by the Flandreau Santee Sioux – a federal racketeering lawsuit:
A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits.
A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it — from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the plaintiffs agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot at fire-sale prices.
With another lawsuit pending in southern Colorado, the cases represent a new approach to fighting marijuana. If the federal government won’t stop its expansion, pot opponents say, federal racketeering lawsuits could. Marijuana may be legal under state law, but federal drug law still considers any marijuana business organized crime.
This could also be a boon for pot opponents if medical or recreational pot interests try to set up in South Dakota if ballot measures succeed next fall.
And I wonder…. Could the AG file a lawsuit of this nature on behalf of the state against the tribe or it’s designers, should the Flandreau tribe continue down their path of opening up recreational pot use in the state?
That might be a drastic step. But it might also be a necessary one.