The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a lawsuit filed by two of Colorado’s neighboring states over its legalization of marijuana.
Nebraska and Oklahoma said Colorado’s decriminalization has “increased the flow of marijuana over their borders,” forcing them to expend greater “law enforcement, judicial system, and penal system resources,” thereby harming the welfare of their residents…
The court turned the case away in an unsigned opinion. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented. Writing for them both, Thomas said court should have taken the case because “the plaintiff states have made a reasonable case.”
There were no lower court decisions, because disputes between the states come directly to the Supreme Court.
Good news: perhaps mostly at the behest of the DoJ –which had urged the Supreme Court not to take the case– the Supreme Court denied cert in a case filed by two states challenging the legalization of marijuana in neighboring Colorado, saying that legalization increased the flow of pot into their own states and required them to expend more resources to fight it.
The case was brought by Nebraska and Oklahoma, whose citizens were apparently receiving more contact highs than those legislators could countenance.