The Obama Administration went to the protect states where pot is legal on Wednesday by telling the U.S. Supreme Court not to squander time with claims invoked by Oklahoma and Nebraska over their fuming hatred for Colorado’s recreational cannabis market. A brief documented by the Justice Department’s driving legal eagle, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., is a finely penned tune of influence proposed to get the country’s highest court to dismiss the claim questioning Colorado’s choice to allow weed. The record suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is not the best possible venue for this anger.

“The motion for leave to file a bill of complaint should be denied because this is not an appropriate case for the exercise of this Court’s original jurisdiction,” wrote Verrilli. “Entertaining the type of dispute at issue here — essentially that one State’s laws make it more likely that third parties will violate federal and state law in another State — would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this Court’s original jurisdiction.”

It was around this time a year ago when Oklahoma and Nebraska framed a collusion to try to obstruct Colorado’s legal cannabis market through the Supreme Court. The claim, which looks to thump Colorado again into times of prohibition, asserts that since the time that the state allowed recreational marijuana in 2014, connected states have been overwhelmed with individuals sneaking weed into their locale. Colorado battled back, requesting the Supreme Court to reject the case, provoking the judges to demand that the government step in before making a decision. Essentially, Verrilli’s letter warns the U.S. Supreme Court to abstain from listening to this claim because the dangers in which Oklahoma and Nebraska are supposedly engaging because of the usage of Colorado’s cannabis business sector are acts led by people and not by the state.

“Nebraska and Oklahoma essentially contend that Colorado’s authorization of licensed intrastate marijuana production and distribution increases the likelihood that third parties will commit criminal offenses in Nebraska and Oklahoma by bringing marijuana purchased from licensed entities in Colorado into those states,” Verrelli added. “But they do not allege that Colorado has directed or authorized any individual to transport marijuana into their territories in violation of their laws. Nor would any such allegation be plausible.”


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