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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Interstate Challenge to Colorado's Cannabis Law

Accepted submission by takyon at 2016-03-21 17:09:37
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The Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Colorado's recreational cannabis law [reuters.com] 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 [washingtonpost.com], NYT [nytimes.com].

See the Plaintiffs' brief [scotusblog.com], and Colorado's brief [coag.gov] in opposition.


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