Supreme Court Opts Out Of Being States' Pot Referee
Nebraska and Oklahoma argue that since Colorado legalized marijuana, people have been crossing borders with it, putting a strain on law enforcement.By Katie Link | March 21, 2016
Colorado's booming marijuana business can keep booming thanks to a move by the Supreme Court. On Monday, the highest court in the land declined to hear a lawsuit challenging the state's regulation of recreational pot.
The unusual lawsuit was filed by two of Colorado's neighboring states — Nebraska and Oklahoma. The states argue that ever since recreational marijuana use was given the green light in Colorado, it's been making its way across state borders, where the drug is still very much at a red light. This, they argue, puts a strain on law enforcement.
The issue was filed directly before the Supreme Court, since it involves a dispute among states. Cases like this are rare and more commonly include disputes over boundaries or water rights.