Update: Nebraska & Oklahoma v. Colorado

You may recall late last year when Colorado was sued by two adjoining states over Colorado’s re-legalization of cannabis.  That action is moving in the U.S. Supreme Court:


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the top attorney for the government to weigh in on the legal fight over state marijuana laws that has arisen between Colorado and two nearby states: Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The request sometimes can be a precursor to the high court taking up a case — though the opinion of the U.S. Solicitor General matters significantly in whether that happens. In its order list Monday, the Supreme Court simply asked U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. to “file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.”

Nebraska and Oklahoma in December asked the Supreme Court to strike down Colorado’s legalization of the drug — citing enforcement problems in their own borders because of the drug’s increased accessibility. “Attorney General Pruitt anxiously awaits an explanation from the Obama administration as to its continued refusal to enforce federal law, specifically the Controlled Substances Act,” said Aaron Cooper, a spokesman for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, in a statement.

But Colorado has argued the two states don’t have the right and want the high court to toss the case. “My office remains committed to defending Colorado’s law,” said Cynthia Coffman, the state’s attorney general, in a statement at the time. Two pot-friendly states, Oregon and Washington, joined the fray a few weeks ago and filed a brief in March in support of Colorado.

There is more detail at the complete original post HERE.

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Author: DavidB

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