U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Colorado’s Cannabis Legalization Law
In a historic decision, the United States Supreme Court today dismissed Nebraska and Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging Colorado’s law that allows for the legal possession, cultivation and retail distribution of cannabis.
The lawsuit against Colorado’s cannabis law was filed in December, 2014 by the attorneys general for Nebraska and Oklahoma, who argued that the state’s decision to legalize the plant was “placing stress on their criminal justice systems.” Both the state of Colorado, and the Obama Administration filed briefs urging the court to dismiss the suit.
“This was a meritless lawsuit, and the court made the right decision”, says Mason Tvert, the Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, who helped spearhead Colorado’s legalization law (Amendment 64) in 2012. “States have every right to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana, just as Nebraska and Oklahoma have the right to maintain their failed prohibition policies. Colorado has done more to control marijuana than just about any other state in the nation. It will continue to set an example for other states that are considering similar laws in legislatures and at the ballot box.”
You can view the Court’s decision on their website by clicking here.