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Ask The Cannabist: Could SCOTUS hear Colorado pot lawsuit on 4/20?

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Hey, Cannabist!
Was it completely lost on everyone that the Supreme Court completely ignored the request by Nebraska and Oklahoma to file a lawsuit against Colorado for legalizing weed in this court sitting?  That’s not even the best part. The start date of the next court sitting? April 20. Bodes well for Colorado, no? –Laughing Legal Limbo

Hey, Limbo!
Hold on a minute! The Supreme Court has indeed responded (sort of) in the suit that Nebraska and Oklahoma filed against Colorado. On Feb. 10, the high court granted a time extension to Colorado to respond to the complaint.

On March 27, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to reject the lawsuit. She also argued that if Colorado’s neighbors succeeded in their suit, it would worsen problems with black market marijuana in all three states.

Since then, the next deadline for the case hasn’t been determined. We’ll see if anything happens on 4/20, which would be stoner serendipity, indeed. The Supreme Court is indeed hearing arguments on April 20.

In this unusual matter, the Supreme Court may decline to even hear the case. States don’t often sue each other and when they do, the Supreme Court opted against hearing about half the cases. We’ll see. XO