Justices won’t hear Nebraska, Oklahoma marijuana dispute with Colorado

March 22, 2016

A case of marijuana-infused candies and edibles on display inside the Denver, Colo-based High Level Health medical and recreational marijuana store. While Colorado has a large market of edibles, Washington state's edibles makers are largely still working through the regulatory and inspection process, meaning supplies there are scarce. [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused Monday to referee a simmering dispute between Colorado and two neighboring states over the cross-border impact of marijuana legalization, heartening legalization advocates who feared the high court could have rolled back their gains.

The justices denied an effort by Oklahoma and Nebraska to bring their grievances about pot-related crime directly to the nation’s highest court without seeking to go through lower courts first. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented, saying they would have heard the states’ complaint.

“The plaintiff states have alleged significant harms to their sovereign interests caused by another state,” Thomas wrote.

The petition had been pending at the Supreme Court for 15 months while the three states and the federal government made their arguments. Oklahoma and Nebraska complained that pot purchased legally in Colorado is being transported illegally into or through their states, overwhelming police and courts dealing with a sudden influx of smugglers. An ounce of high-quality marijuana selling for $200 at a state-licensed Colorado store can fetch three times that on the East Coast black market, police say.

  • Harold Sammons

    What is the influx of Pot from Colorado making a dent in the illegal sales of drug lords down in mexico; don’t worry they willjust raise their price to offset the loss; you won’t have to worry about their income, or loss of high lifestyle!


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