Supreme Court Risks Confusion in Colorado Case
April 30th, 2015
Policy, Top Story
Colorado is facing three lawsuits over its recreational cannabis market. Nebraska, Oklahoma, a Washington D.C.-based group called Safe Streets Alliance, and a group of sheriffs and prosecutors from Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado itself are all suing the state. Among other things, they are concerned that the state’s legalization program has created a spillover effect into states where the drug remains illegal.
In March, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman noted, “this lawsuit, however, even if successful, won’t fix America’s national drug policy – at least not without leadership from Washington D.C., which remains noticeably absent.”
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the lawsuit in question (Nebraska and Oklahoma v. Colorado). If the court agrees with Nebraska and Oklahoma, it would effectively wipe out Colorado’s regulatory system, while keeping its stance on states’ rights to legalize marijuana. The move could create a lot of additional chaos, since states would be allowed to legalize the drug, but not allowed to actually sell it.
Many leaders in Washington D.C. are hesitant to act on the issue of marijuana legalization, particularly ahead of the 2016 general election. Taking a stance on the drug could mean alienating certain segments of the voting population, especially for conservative Republicans that tend to disagree strongly with legalization in a number of nationwide polls that have surveyed the topic.
Still, it’s worth noting that the majority of the U.S. population now supports legalization. These dynamics are likely to continue as younger voters – who tend to support the issue – replace older voters – who tend to oppose the issue. A liberal Democratic President in 2016 could likely help bring a national solution to the problem by addressing it at a federal level instead of relying on states.
At the very least, the federal government should come up with clearer guidelines surrounding the regulatory frameworks needed for states to implement programs and avoid problems with their neighbors – the very issue seen in Colorado.
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