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DOJ Asks Supreme Court To Dismiss Suit Against Colorado Marijuana Law


Supreme Court marijuanaThe United States Solicitor General filed a brief yesterday urging the United States Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit that Nebraska and Oklahoma filed against Colorado’s marijuana legalization law. The lawsuit was originally filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma in December 2014. In May 2015, the Supreme Court asked the U.S. Solicitor General to offer up an opinion on the case. That opinion was released yesterday, and it was not favorable to marijuana prohibitionists who had been hoping that this would but the marijuana legalization Pandora back in the box.

The U.S. Solicitor General asked the United States Supreme Court to rule in favor of Colorado. You can read the brief at this link here. Below is a statement from Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority in regards to yesterdays events:

“This is the right move by the Obama administration. Colorado and a growing number of states have decided to move away from decades of failed prohibition laws, and so far things seem to be working out as planned. Legalization generates tax revenue, creates jobs and takes the market out of the hands of drug cartels and gangs. New federal data released this week shows that as more legalization laws come online, we’re not seeing an increase in teen marijuana use, despite our opponents’ scare tactics. The Justice Department is correct here: This lawsuit is without merit and should be dismissed.”

Below is also a press release from the Marijuana Policy Project:

In a brief filed Wednesday by the Solicitor General, the U.S. government urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado’s marijuana regulation laws.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit directly with the Supreme Court in December 2014, arguing that the state’s decision to regulate the cultivation and distribution of marijuana was “placing stress on their criminal justice systems.” In May, the court asked Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. for his opinion on the lawsuit.

According to the brief filed by Verrilli on Wednesday:

“The motion for leave to file a bill of complaint should be denied because this is not an appropriate case for the exercise of this Court’s original jurisdiction. Entertaining the type of dispute at issue here — essentially that one State’s laws make it more likely that third parties will violate federal and state law in another State — would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this Court’s original jurisdiction.”

Statement from Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project and a co-director of the 2012 Colorado marijuana initiative:

“This is a meritless and, quite frankly, ludicrous lawsuit. We hope the court will agree with the solicitor general that it’s not something it should be spending its time addressing. These states are literally trying to prevent Colorado from controlling marijuana within its own borders. If officials in Nebraska and Oklahoma want to have a prohibition-fueled marijuana free-for-all in their states, that’s their prerogative. But most Coloradans would prefer to see marijuana regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

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The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. For more information, visit www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.



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  1. LMAO! Eloquently put, that’s exactly what I meant. Those guys need an edible and wash it down w/a red Dixie and then try and complain about something.

  2. saynotohypocrisy on

    Concussion derby is a helluva lot more dangerous than cannabis. One more truth the prohibs have to run away from.

  3. Very prudish behavior, insecure, perhaps even jealous. How would these two states like it if Colorado sued them for promoting too much football or anything- they wouldn’t. Worry about your own state more and better things will come.

  4. I want a picture of somebody standing on the state line between Colorado and Nebraska holding 1gram of fresh cannabis extract….I think the irony of the picture speaks volumes…

    Colorado – no crime, no foul, no problems
    Nebraska – Felony, 5 years prison, $10,000 fine

    So how does it work in this situation?? Which side of the body would the person be charged?? or does the person get magically transported through a rift in the space time continuum back to 1937 at the moment the marijuana tax act is enacted??

    Or does the 14th amendment get immediately struck down??



  5. saynotohypocrisy on

    That was an interesting link, but it was Georgia MMJ related, not Nebraska.
    It’s awesome how shamelessly hypocritical people can be. They solemnly pledge allegiance to liberty and justice for all but what they mean is liberty and justice for themselves and people like them.

  6. Its more hypocritical than you know…
    There is a town in northern Nebraska named Whiteclay on the South Dakota border created and established with the sole purpose of trafficking alcohol across the border illegally to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

    The officials of the Pine Ridge reservation and officials in South Dakota have begged Nebraska for years to help do something to solve the problem.

    Passed out drunks line both sides of the streets in this Nebraska bootlegging town. You can read a recent article about it following the link below.


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