Marijuana Legalization Movement Just Won Multiple Courtroom Battles, But Will That Be Enough to Quash Future Legal Threats?

By many accounts, Monday was a banner day for the marijuana movement in the courts. In the nation’s capital, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma to overturn Colorado’s legalized marijuana program, meaning that if the two states’ attorneys general want to continue to pursue the matter, they will have to do so in federal district court. That same day in Colorado, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by southern Colorado horse ranchers against Rocky Mountain Organics, a marijuana company building a cultivation facility nearby, accusing it and affiliated businesses of violating both the U.S. Constitution and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a federal law designed to target organized crime.

The two suits were among four major legal challenges filed over Colorado’s marijuana regime in 2015. Another RICO lawsuit, filed at the same time as the horse ranchers’ suit and targeting a...

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