Obama Administration Takes Stance on Marijuana Case

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The Obama administration has urged the Supreme Court not to take up a lawsuit filed against the state of Colorado over marijuana legalization. Filed by the neighboring states of Nebraska and Oklahoma, the lawsuit was due in no small part to the increased burden that legal marijuana brought to local law enforcement in those states.

According to CNN, Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Dec. 16, 2015. Verrilli argues that the Court should not take up the case because it should have never gone directly to the Supreme Court in the first place and instead should have gone to the district courts first.

“Entering 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” jurisdiction, Verrilli explained.

Although it is impossible to predict which way the Supreme Court will rule, some believe that, given the Court’s willingness to seek guidance on this issue from the Obama Administration in the past, the Justices will heed the administration’s recommendation.

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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