By Drug Policy Alliance. Today, the Obama Administration filed an amicus brief, asking the Supreme Court to reject a case filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma seeking to block Colorado’s voter-approved marijuana legalization law.
Almost a year ago – on December 18, 2014 – Nebraska and Oklahoma filed suit in the U.S. Supreme Court against the state of Colorado over its marijuana legalization law, saying the law has created an increased law enforcement burden in neighboring states. The suit, filed by the attorneys general for Nebraska and Oklahoma, claims federal marijuana prohibition preempts Colorado’s law. Colorado voters decisively approved marijuana legalization in 2012 by adopting Amendment 64.
“We are pleased the DOJ agrees that this lawsuit borders on the frivolous. States have historically been allowed to establish their own criminal laws,” said Jolene Forman, staff attorney for the Drug Policy Alliance. “Moreover, Colorado is putting resources into ensuring its policies follow DOJ guidelines and has worked extensively with the DOJ towards this goal.”