The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday that it will not hear the lawsuit brought by Nebraska and Oklahoma against the state of Colorado and its legal marijuana laws. The court voted 6-2 to not hear the suit, following the December advice of U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. and securing the Rocky Mountain State its legal weed for the foreseeable future.
“Since Colorado voters overwhelmingly passed legal recreational marijuana in 2012, we have worked diligently to put in place a regulatory framework — the first in the world — that allows this new industry to operate while protecting public health and safety,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “With today’s Supreme Court ruling, the work we’ve completed so far remains intact.”
Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit over a year ago, claiming Colorado’s marijuana laws were greatly increasing the amount of weed crossing the border into their states, creating a burden on law enforcement. The suit also cited that Colorado laws directly contradict federal law, creating “a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system,” and challenged Colorado’s ability to regulate industry businesses.
“The fact remains: Colorado marijuana continues to flow into Oklahoma in direct violation of federal and state law,” said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. “Colorado should do the right thing and stop refusing to take reasonable steps to prevent the flow of marijuana outside of its border. And the Obama administration should do its job under the Constitution and enforce the Controlled Substances Act. Until they do, Oklahoma will continue to utilize every law enforcement tool available to it to ensure that the flow of illegal drugs into our state is stopped.”
Or you could just legalize it and reduce your prison population, utilize funds misspent fighting this stupid drug war, get your own piece of the pie — but I digress.
The reality of this issue is that top players in Washington don’t want to fight this fight — just look at the stances of leading candidates (Bernie excluded, hey babe). Neither the Obama administration nor the Supreme Court has been willing to take on federal marijuana reform. Hell, we can’t even get this scientifically proven medicinal plant rescheduled away from heroin, crack, and meth. But even though federal players aren’t outspokenly with us, at least they’re not against us.
“There’s no question about it, this is good news for legalization supporters,” Marijuana Majority Chairman Tom Angell told the Denver Post. “This case, if it went forward and the Court ruled the wrong way, had the potential to roll back many of the gains our movement has achieved to date. And the notion of the Supreme Court standing in the way could have cast a dark shadow on the marijuana ballot measures voters will consider this November.”
So stop your whining, Oklahoma and Nebraska. If anything, Colorado's legal weed must be a boon to your restaurant industry. This country has seen it time and again in major policy reform when it sheds its bias, fear, and ignorance and finally makes changes for the better. Do you want to be on the wrong side of history?