Nebraska and Oklahoma Once Again Try to Stop Colorado’s Marijuana Industry


The states of Oklahoma and Nebraska are once again attempting to shut down Colorado’s legal marijuana industry. Although their case was rejected by the Supreme Court last month, the two states have asked to be added as plaintiffs to a case under review by Denver’s 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the appeals case is a combination of two different lawsuits: one brought forth by a group of sheriffs from Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, and the other by a couple that owns land near a marijuana cultivation facility.

Oklahoma and Nebraska have argued that they have a “unique sovereign interest” in preventing marijuana from entering their respective states.

“Because the people of Nebraska and Oklahoma have determined that marijuana is harmful and should be illegal, Nebraska and Oklahoma have a duty to protect their citizens from the continuing harms resulting from Colorado’s illegal activities,” wrote the states’ lawyers.

Although there is no specific timeline for the court to address Nebraska and Oklahoma’s request, the states have until May 23 to make a merit-based argument in briefs.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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