The U.S. Supreme Court has given Colorado an extra month to respond to a lawsuit that claims the state is polluting its neighbors with marijuana.
~
Colorado had been due to file its response by Monday. The state now has until March 27 to file its response, according to a one-sentence order posted last Tuesday. No more details about the extension were available.
 
In what could be a history-making case, the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma have sued Colorado over marijuana legalization. The suit seeks to overturn Colorado's first-in-the-country regulations for recreational marijuana stores, arguing that the stores both violate federal law and have caused a flood of Colorado-grown marijuana into neighboring states. Nebraska and Oklahoma said their law enforcement budgets have been stretched thin trying to police the influx.
 
Because the lawsuit involves a dispute between states, it was filed directly to the Supreme Court, under what is known as the high court's "original jurisdiction".
 
When the lawsuit was filed late last year, Colorado attorney general John Suthers vowed to defend Colorado's law vigorously, arguing that Nebraska and Oklahoma's complaint "stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado." Suthers has since left office due to term limits. Newly elected Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has said she will also fight the lawsuit.
 
On Monday, a spokeswoman for Coffman said the attorney general's office requested the extension because it needs more time to study the complex legal issues involved.
 
"This is a routine practice when there are novel issues that require additional research," spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler said.
 
Unlike other lawsuits, the first step for Nebraska and Oklahoma's case is to get the Supreme Court to agree to hear it. After Colorado files its response, it is expected an attorney for the federal government will be given a chance to weigh in.
 
If the Supreme Court does agree to hear the case, it could take years to resolve.
 
John Ingold ~ The Denver Post ~ February 16, 2015
 
~

Recent News Articles

Monday March 25

Greater Boston's First Pot Shop Opening Weekend Goes 'According To Plan' - Cannabis News

in Cannabis News

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Brookline can now be added to the short list of Massachusetts cities and towns where…

1303 hits

Monday March 25

CVS to sell CBD products in 800 stores in 8 states - Cannabis News

in Finance

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

CBD-infused sprays, roll-ons, creams and salves will be offered as an 'alternative source of relief'.

1166 hits

Monday March 25

Nearly Half of Anxiety Patients Find Medical Marijuana More Effective Than Pills - Cannabis News

in Medical News

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

A new study shows that people suffering from anxiety may be able to successfully transition…

1160 hits

Monday March 25

Utah is looking for software to run its medical cannabis program - Cannabis News

in Hi-Tech

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

The state has started its search for multimillion-dollar software that will form the spine of…

1107 hits

Tuesday March 26

Hemp About To Be Removed From Texas’ Controlled Substances List - Cannabis News

in Law & Crime

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

The state of Texas is taking a big step toward legitimizing the use of CBD…

831 hits