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Proponents of cannabis all around the United States had been eagerly waiting to hear what would happen when they heard that a lawsuit filed in the United States Supreme Court had the capability of shutting down the marijuana industry. But on Monday, the country’s highest court decided that it would dismiss the lawsuit brought in by Oklahoma and Nebraska stating that Colorado’s retail cannabis market had made drug trafficking much easier.

In the case of Nebraska and Oklahoma v. Colorado, those who brought forth the case stated that Amendment 64, which stopped cannabis prohibition in Colorado, was a huge violation of the Controlled Substances Act as well as the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution The lawsuit stated that Nebraska and Oklahoma were “suffering a direct and significant detrimental impact,” thanks to Colorado’s cannabis industry. They pleaded that the United States Supreme Court stop the cannabis trade completely.

Although most policy experts were not sure of how the court would approach the case, most of the justices decided to completely dismiss the case, putting the issue of statewide cannabis legalization in a situation where it could never be questioned the same way by any other states.

“This is good news for legalization supporters,” Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority said. “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. But the justices correctly decided that this lawsuit is without merit and that states should be able to move forward with implementing voter-approved legalization laws even if their neighbors don’t like it.”

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