In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has denied Nebraska and Oklahoma the right to sue the state of Colorado over its Cannabis laws. 

The suit itself is a year old and after long wait, the Supreme Court refused to hear the lawsuit, essentially saying that there was no merit in it.

In a majority 6-2 decision (There are currently only 8 justices on the supreme court due to the death of conservative Judge Scalia recently), they ruled against the plaintiff states.

Nebraska and Oklahoma jointly claimed that Colorado, their neighbour state, had caused issues for them when they legalised recreation marijuana.

Their main complaint was that they had to devote resources to policing the border as marijuana was being trafficked into the states from Colorado. They petitioned the supreme court directly and did not go through any lower court.

The essential aim of the suit was to federally slam down on Colorado for their decision to make marijuana legal.



The court’s decision signals an important shift in the way the federal court views marijuana laws and states’ rights in the US.

“There’s no question about it: This is good news for legalization supporters,” said activist Tom Angell, who is chairman of Marijuana Majority.

“This case, if it went forward and the Court ruled the wrong way, had the potential to roll back many of the gains our movement has achieved to date.”

“And the notion of the Supreme Court standing in the way could have cast a dark shadow on the marijuana ballot measures voters will consider this November.”

Although the lawsuit has been denied by the Supreme Court, law experts said Nebraska and Oklahoma could still try to take the case to a federal district court. Though Colorado would likely appeal this, which would then go to the supreme court.