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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Nebraska and Oklahoma Challenge to Colorado’s Legalized Recreational Marijuana Law

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman Successfully Defends the State Constitution in Lawsuit Dismissed by the U.S. Supreme Court…


US Supreme Court scraps case against Colorado marijuana legalization


Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Colorado marijuana law


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Supreme Court Dismisses Colorado Marijuana Case


Supreme Court rejects suit against Colorado over marijuana law



(VIDEO / FULL ARTICLE BELOW)  U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Lawsuit Filed Against Colorado, Pot Laws


The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear the lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado and its marijuana laws.


By a vote of 6-2, the Supreme Court decided not to take up the case in which two states were suing Colorado over legalized marijuana.


Law enforcement in Nebraska told CBS4 that marijuana sold legally in Colorado was brought across the border into the state where it is illegal. They also claimed marijuana was being confiscated in Nebraska that had been sold in Denver.


The two states wanted the Supreme Court to put an end to Colorado law that remains contrary to federal laws that make pot an illegal substance.


Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman released this statement on the decision, “I continue to believe that this lawsuit was not the way to properly address the challenge posed by legalized marijuana.”


Nebraska and Oklahoma are deciding whether they should go to a lower court to take up their challenge to Colorado’s legalized pot.


Statement From Gov. John Hickenlooper


“Since Colorado voters overwhelming passed legal recreational marijuana in 2012, we have worked diligently to put in place a regulatory framework – the first in the world – that allows this new industry to operate while protecting public health and safety. With today’s Supreme Court ruling, the work we’ve completed so far remains intact. The Attorney General’s office has done a remarkable job of vigorously defending the Colorado Constitution. We thank them for their hard work on this case.”


(AUDIO)  Supreme Court Dismisses States' Challenge To Colorado Pot Law


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Supreme Court Nixes Oklahoma, Nebraska Challenge To Colorado Marijuana Laws


(FULL ARTICLE BELOW)  Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization -- Nebraska, Oklahoma had argued voter initiative increased drug trafficking across their borders


The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an effort to void Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, declining to hear Nebraska and Oklahoma’s claim that the 2012 voter initiative harmed them by increasing drug trafficking across their borders.


The court has the power to hear disputes between states, which typically involve boundary questions or water rights. The Nebraska-Oklahoma lawsuit was a far more ambitious claim—that one state’s power over its own criminal laws was limited by their alleged impact on other states.


The court’s order was unsigned. Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Samuel Alito, filed a dissent arguing the court should have heard the case, if only to clarify the circumstances under which it would entertain state vs. state lawsuits.


The Obama administration, asked by the court for its opinion, had recommended the lawsuit be dismissed.


Colorado legalized recreational use and individual possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, which the state taxes and regulates. Nebraska and Oklahoma’s December 2014 suit alleged the voter initiative had created a “cross-border nuisance” by increasing the supply of marijuana flowing through the region.


“Colorado marijuana continues to flow into Oklahoma, in direct violation of federal and state law. Colorado should do the right thing and stop refusing to take reasonable steps to prevent the flow of marijuana outside of its border,” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a Republican, said in a written statement.


Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, said in a written statement, “I continue to believe that this lawsuit was not the way to properly address the challenges posed by legalized marijuana.”


Alaska, Oregon, Washington state and the District of Columbia also have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. About half the states have authorized medical use of marijuana or reduced penalties for its possession—among them Nebraska, which treats a first-time offense as an infraction punishable with a $300 fine.


U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear marijuana case against Colorado -- Gives no reason for dismissing Wyoming, Nebraska’s challenge against Colorado

  • Date
    March 22nd, 2016
  • Author
    Roger Hudson