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Supreme Court declines to hear two states' case over Colorado marijuana law

March 21, 2016
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear a case in which two neighboring states to Colorado are contending that the state's legal marijuana provisions are resulting in a flurry of drug cases in their jurisdictions. Nebraska and Oklahoma officials were seeking to take the case directly to the Supreme Court and bypass lower courts.

Nebraska and Oklahoma officials say that marijuana purchased legally in Colorado is being transported illegally into their states, and that the justice system is overwhelmed with smuggling cases, USA Today reported. The officials stated, “The state of Colorado authorizes, oversees, protects and profits from a sprawling, $100 million per month marijuana growing, processing and retailing organization that exported thousands of pounds of marijuana to some 36 states in 2014.”

Legalization advocates countered that the two states' response reflects misplaced priorities. Marijuana Majority chairman Tom Angell said in a statement, “At the end of the day, if officials in Nebraska and Oklahoma are upset about how much time and resources their police are spending on marijuana cases, as they said in their briefs, they should join Colorado in replacing prohibition with legalization.”