Anti-Pot States Can't Touch Colorado's Marijuana Law, Court Says

A federal appellate panel on Wednesday blocked the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma from challenging Colorado’s marijuana legalization law, saying their claims should be directed to the U.S. Supreme Court—a venue that has already refused to hear their fight.

Nebraska and Oklahoma sought to intervene in Safe Streets Alliance v. Hickenlooper, a case brought by Colorado residents, law enforcement officials and an anti-drug group, after the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2016 declined to take “original jurisdiction” over their suit. In the high court, the states had alleged Colorado's Amendment 64—which legalized recreational marijuana—violated federal drug laws and brought an increase in crime inside their borders.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit said the dispute Nebraska and Oklahoma brought is with Colorado—not with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s enforcement of Amendment 64, as they alleged. Because the Supreme Court has jurisdiction over...

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