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posted by CoolHand on Monday March 21 2016, @09:49PM   Printer-friendly
from the going-green dept.

The Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Colorado's recreational cannabis law from neighboring states:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against their neighbor Colorado over a law approved as a ballot initiative by Colorado voters in 2012 that allows the recreational use of marijuana. The court declined to hear the case filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma, which said that marijuana is being smuggled across their borders and noted that federal law still prohibits the drug. Two conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case.

Nebraska and Oklahoma contended that drugs such as marijuana threaten the health and safety of children and argued that Colorado had created "a dangerous gap" in the federal drug control system. Colorado stands by its law. It noted that the Obama administration has indicated the federal government lacks the resources and inclination to enforce fully the federal marijuana ban.

Also at The Washington Post, NYT.

See the Plaintiffs' brief, and Colorado's brief in opposition.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by eieken on Monday March 21 2016, @10:16PM

    by eieken (4322) on Monday March 21 2016, @10:16PM (#321291)

    The supreme court should start taking cases left and right, and when the even tie of the court ends up pushing the opinion back down to a lesser court, then people all across the political spectrum will see how important getting a new Supreme Court justice in there really is.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 21 2016, @11:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 21 2016, @11:42PM (#321324)


    As tempting as it seems, that would be a disaster. We need people in positions of responsibility to show some mettle and do their best in the circumstances they inherit. The Supreme court needs to just do their job. If we get a 4-4 tie for the entire year, that sends its owns message. Also way better than 4-5 lost ;)

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anne Nonymous on Tuesday March 22 2016, @04:18AM

    by Anne Nonymous (712) on Tuesday March 22 2016, @04:18AM (#321411)

    > The supreme court

    They are, like, the HIGHEST court in the land, man. How do you think they'd TOTALLY RULE on this dude? Nebraska would be completely wasted!