Last week President Obama’s Solicitor General — the lawyer that represents the federal government in cases before the Supreme Court — urged the highest court in the land to decline to hear arguments from the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma, who say cannabis legalization in the state of Colorado is causing more marijuana to flow into their states. SG Donald B. Verrilli argued that the case was outside the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
One year ago, Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court, requesting the Court overturn Colorado’s marijuana laws. Yesterday, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr.—the highest-ranking legal official in the federal government—took Colorado’s side in the dispute.