U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Colorado’s Cannabis Legalization Law

coloradoIn 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.

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Supreme Court Seeks Obama Administration Views on Challenge to Colorado’s Cannabis Law

By Reuters

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in Washington October 5, 2014.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Barack Obama’s administration for its views on a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado over its voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults.

The Obama administration has allowed states to implement marijuana legalization laws, even though cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Detaining Motorists on Highway to Await Drug Dog Search is Unconstitutional

Policecourt detaining motorists on the side of the highway to await search from a drug dog is unconstitutional as it violates the Fourth Amendment, according to a 6 to 3 ruling by the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to the ruling, it was commonplace for law enforcement across the country to detain drivers on the side of the highway to await a search by a drug dog. The cop would then use alerts from said dog to find “probable cause” to search the vehicle.

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