Summary and opinion by Wendy Anderson.
The Supreme Court was supposed to hear a major marijuana case on Friday, Colorado vs. Nebraska and Oklahoma, however they delayed it due to the memorial service of Justice Antonin Scalia’s falling on the same day.
The two states are claiming that Colorado’s legalization has allowed the crossing of marijuana illegally into their states and are wanting to challenge Colorado’s Cannabis law. They argue that Amendment 64 "has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States Congress. Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems.”
Justice Scalia did typically tend to side with state’s rights, but he was against the state’s rights for cannabis legalization. Due to Scalia’s absence Nebraska and Oklahoma may have a weaker chance of getting to move forward.
In my opinion: Here is some cold hard common sense for Nebraska and Oklahoma, interfering with Colorado’s amendments and legalization will not stop people from bringing cannabis across the state borders. It’s been happening since before the amendment passed and it’s going to be happening long after whether you waste the Supreme Court’s time and people’s money with this or not. So let it go. Who are these people really hurting? It’s Cannabis and there are much worse things to be putting your energy into, but that’s just my opinion.
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