U.S. Supreme Court choose not to hear Nebraska challenge to drug law

In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear his state’s challenge to neighboring Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is pledging to “determine the best next steps toward vindicating the rule of law.” Oklahoma joined Nebraska in the lawsuit. It was filed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court without going through a lower court — an action that is allowed when states have legal complaints with another, SCOTUSblog.com reports.

“The court’s decision [to not hear the case] does not bar additional challenges to Colorado’s scheme in federal district court,” Peterson says. In their lawsuit, Nebraska and Oklahoma said Colorado’s legalization of marijuana conflicts with federal drug laws. The two plaintiff states also said they were now having to deal with an “influx of Colorado-sourced marijuana.”

Four U.S. states (none in the Midwest) have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota are among the 23 U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana. According to NORML (a pro-legalization organization), Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio are among the 19 U.S. states that have decriminalized certain types of marijuana possession.

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