Feds ask Supreme Court to stay out of lawsuit over Colorado marijuana

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

8 comments to Justice Department urges Supreme Court to throw out Nebraska/Oklahoma lawsuit.

DENVER — The federal government has asked the U.S. WASHINGTON—The Obama administration Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to reject a challenge to Colorado’s 2012 marijuana initiative filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma officials, who say legalization has increased drug crimes in their states.

Oklahoma and Nebraska say Colorado’s legal marijuana system has created a flood of modern-day bootleggers who are buying pot in Colorado and then illegally crossing state lines. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli in a legal brief said: “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 the Supreme Court’s role in deciding disputes between states. Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution legalized recreational use and individual possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, which the state taxes and regulates.

Second Circuit Court of Appeals is opening a path to sue former federal officials for how they conducted the “war on drugs” by currently opening a path to sue them for their use of torture and false imprisonment on terrorism suspects in their “war on terror”: Dec. 14, 2015 — For almost a decade and a half, the people behind the Bush administration’s shameful treatment of terrorism suspects have avoided punishment for their crimes, but that may be about to change. About half the states have authorized medical use of marijuana or reduced penalties for its possession—among them Nebraska, which treats a first-time offense as an infraction punishable with a $300 fine. That case, sparked by a civil rights lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, involves hundreds of Arab, Muslim or South Asian men who were detained and then abused by our government in the weeks following 9/11. An October Gallup poll reported that 58% of the American public favors marijuana legalization, compared with 12% in 1969, when the polling organization first asked the question. Nor would any such allegation be plausible.” Marijuana-legalization advocates see Verrelli’s filing as a sign the Obama administration is willing to relax federal restrictions, or at the very least a strong signal that voters who chose to legalize cannabis should be respected. “This is a meritless and, quite frankly, ludicrous lawsuit.

But most Coloradans would prefer to see marijuana regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.” Legalization opponents argue Verrilli’s brief focuses only on a narrow legal issue and shouldn’t be seen as a change in policy.

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