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“High Court Refuses to Hear Cannabis Case Over Colorado”

By Becky DeKeuster

Doug McVay compiles and maintains the highly regarded website He’s the web and social media coordinator for Patients Out of Time, a nonprofit focused on medical cannabis and medical/scientific cannabis research. Doug is also a news reporter/producer and public affairs programmer at public radio station KBOO in Portland, Oregon, and he produces and hosts Century Of Lies, a syndicated radio show distributed through the Pacifica Foundation Radio Network. On Twitter he’s @DrugPolicyFacts and @DougMcVay.

This article first appeared at, courtesy Steve Bloom.

Nebraska and Oklahoma hoped the Supreme Court would respond favorably to their 2014 suit regarding Colorado’s legal adult marijuana market, but the High Court dismissed the challenge on Mar. 21. The suit alleges that large quantities of legally-produced cannabis crossing from Colorado into surrounding states have “created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States Congress,” adding:

“Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries and placing stress on their criminal justice systems.”

There’ve certainly been cases of marijuana tourists who’ve brought back a small stash after visiting Colorado and gotten caught in their home states, where pot is still illegal. The money people pay for legal weed in Colorado is money that’s not going to illegal dealers back home. In that sense, Nebraska and Oklahoma are trying to protect the illegal business interests of some of their own citizens. Pot tourism aside, the larger question is whether marijuana is being diverted on a large-scale, and the answer to that is most likely no. At least, there’s no evidence of it.

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