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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) by Phoenix666 on Tuesday March 22 2016, @07:57PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Tuesday March 22 2016, @07:57PM (#321795) Journal

    And then there are the archaic and retarded aspects of that federalism, like trying to move to New York from other states and finding out that your Citibank account from $PREVIOUS_STATE is not the same thing as a Citibank account in New York. That's pretty irritating because you can't open a Citibank account in NY without a local address, and you can't rent an apartment with a check drawn on a non-local bank. Never ran into that anywhere else in the country, just New York. It was explained to me that it was an anti-moneylaundering measure, but when hedge funds move billions of dollars around the world at the speed of light it's stupidly anachronistic to encumber regular people's funds that way.

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  • (Score: 2) by jdavidb on Wednesday March 23 2016, @01:10PM

    by jdavidb (5690) on Wednesday March 23 2016, @01:10PM (#322057) Homepage Journal
    "anti moneylaundering" is just code for "no anonymity or privacy in your personal transactions." Make federalism stronger, make states stronger, and they can stand up against that crap. Just be sure to make localities stronger so they can stand up against the states.
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