Nebraska, Oklahoma Mount New Attempt To Overturn Colorado Pot Law
Rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and his Oklahoma counterpart are trying a different strategy to halt legal marijuana in Colorado.
This month, the two states asked to be added as plaintiffs in a case being considered by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
That appeal combines two separate cases: one brought by a group of county sheriffs from Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, and the other on behalf of a Pueblo County couple who own land near a recreational marijuana growing facility.
Nebraska and Oklahoma argue they have “unique sovereign interests” in preventing marijuana from crossing their borders, and that they shouldn’t be left out as the court considers the issue.
Those interests wouldn’t be represented by the current plaintiffs, who are focused on “removing marijuana from the streets of Colorado,” Peterson and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt say in their motion to intervene in the appeal.
Read more at the Lincoln Journal Star.
Montana Medical Marijuana Industry To End in August
The Montana State Supreme Court has put the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries on notice: They’ll be out of business as of August 31.
The decision means Montana voters ultimately could determine the future of the state’s MMJ’s dispensaries.
The high court made its views known on Monday through a ruling on a 2011 law that was intended to shut down dispensaries statewide.
The justices initially had ruled against the industry in February. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) asked the court in March to delay the decision’s implementation. That allowed dispensaries to keep operating as usual.
The justices, for their part, opted to give dispensaries a little more than three months to live.
Read more at Marijuana Business Daily.