Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit Challenging Colorado's Marijuana Laws

Posted: Mar 21, 2016 4:40 PM

The Supreme Court will not hear a lawsuit from Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado's legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. This means that Colorado's laws will remain as is.

Colorado voted in 2012 to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Since then, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington state have also legalized marijuana.

From the Denver Post:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied Nebraska and Oklahoma's proposed lawsuit against Colorado's legal marijuana laws.

The 6-2 vote means the nation's highest court will not rule on the interstate dispute, and Colorado's legal cannabis market is safe — for now.

Because the Supreme Court has passed on the case, Nebraska and Oklahoma could now take it to a federal district court if they choose to, law experts say. The states have not yet said how or if they will move forward with a similar suit in another court.

The justices voted 6-2 to refuse the suit. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito were the justices in favor of ruling on the case, and Thomas authored the dissent.