Solicitor General Says SCOTUS Shouldn't Hear Challenge to Marijuana Legalization

The Obama administration says Nebraska and Oklahoma have not described a genuine controversy with Colorado.

In a brief filed on Wednesday, the Obama administration urges the Supreme Court not to hear Oklahoma and Nebraska's challenge to marijuana legalization in Colorado. "Entertaining 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 original jurisdiction," Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. writes. 


Obama administration to justices: Reject marijuana lawsuit


WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite its opposition to making marijuana use legal, the Obama administration is urging the Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit from Nebraska and Oklahoma that seeks to declare Colorado's pot legalization unconstitutional.

The Justice Department's top courtroom lawyer said in a brief filed Wednesday that the interstate dispute over a measure approved by Colorado voters in 2012 does not belong at the high court.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed their lawsuit directly with the Supreme Court in December 2014, arguing that Colorado's law allowing recreational marijuana use by adults runs afoul of federal anti-drug laws. States can sue each other in the Supreme Court, a rare instance in which the justices are not hearing appeals of lower court rulings.


Obama administration asks high court to reject Colorado marijuana case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska seeking to block Colorado's voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults.

In their challenge to Colorado's law, filed in December 2014, Nebraska and Oklahoma said marijuana is being smuggled across their borders and that drugs threaten the health and safety of children.

Nebraska and Oklahoma noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and said Colorado has created "a dangerous gap" in the federal drug control system.


Marijuana Chocolates and Cookies Rise in Sales in Omaha

Marijuana is making the rounds in Omaha in chocolate, cookie and candy form.

According to Sgt Dave Bianchi of the Omaha Police, these varieties of marijuana merchandise allow people discretion when they use the drug. He says purchase of the marijuana-infused goodies have been growing. He suspects these are supplied to Omaha by a group of people from Nebraska, who may be purchasing pot from Colorado where marijuana retail sales has been allowed since January 2014.


Omaha Tribe of Nebraska interested in growing marijuana

MACEY, Neb. —About an hour and half north of the city of Omaha, the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska sits on 300 square miles of reservation land stretching into Iowa's Monona County.

"We need jobs," Daniel Webster said, who lives on the reservation.

KETV reports, historical issues such as poverty and unemployment have reached critical levels.

"Right now, my community has a 69 percent unemployment rate," Omaha Tribe of Nebraska chairman Vernon Miller said.

Miller said the dire economy is leading to desperate solutions.

"We're not seeing anybody else looking to assist us and we acknowledge that, so we're trying to pursue whatever we can," Miller said.


Baking Bad: Police say edible forms of marijuana hit new high in Omaha

Sgt. Dave Bianchi sets a bag of chocolates onto a table at Omaha police headquarters.

The narcotics detective isn’t handing out treats to his colleagues. He’s showing off the latest, tastiest ways to get high.

“It looks like a chocolate, a cookie or a chunk of candy,” Bianchi said. The marijuana-infused edibles, he said, allow people to “use marijuana, but be discreet about it.”

The edibles are becoming more common in the Omaha area, especially over the past year, Bianchi said. He suspects some Nebraskans decided to make their own pot products after visiting neighboring Colorado, which legalized recreational cannabis in 2012 and began allowing retail sales in January 2014.


Omaha Tribe to consider legalizing marijuana

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is considering getting into the lucrative marijuana business, but at least one tribal expert fears doing so could put the tribe at risk of losing any investment it may make in marijuana industries.

The tribe plans to hold a referendum Tuesday in which members will vote on whether the tribe should allow recreational use of marijuana, medicinal use of marijuana, and growing industrial hemp on its northeast Nebraska reservation.

Ultimately, however, the Omaha tribal council will decide all three questions. The referendum vote simply will give the council guidance on whether to move forward, according to an information sheet distributed by the tribe.


Omaha Man Petitions for Marijuana Political Party

What do you think about the legalization of marijuana? An Omaha man believes so strongly, that he set out to make a new political party.

Mark Elsworth experienced politics during his run for governor last year. This year, however, Elsworth is in a new position as Chairperson of the Marijuana Party.

"We aren't an official party yet so we haven't actually started registering people," Elsworth said. "but we hope to register lots of people. We hope to get, you know, 20% of the registered voters in Nebraska."

The party revolves around the legalization of marijuana and support of political candidates that want to make marijuana legal.


Do Nebraska and Oklahoma Have a Strong Case as They Challenge Colorado's Marijuana Laws?

lawsuit Nebraska and Oklahoma filed against Colorado last year in the U.S. Supreme Court over the Centennial State’s legalization of marijuana is flawed, a legal scholar who is an expert on federalism and drug laws said at an event in Seattle on Tuesday.


The Unexpected Side Effects of Legalizing Weed

De Beque is little more than an outpost nestled along I-70 as it winds its way through the rugged hills of western Colorado. Clearly visible from the highway is the quirky façade of Kush Gardens, the first recreational pot shop to be approved in Mesa County.


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