Supreme Court rejects states’ challenge to Colorado pot law


WASHINGTON | The Supreme Court has rejected an effort by Nebraska and Oklahoma to have Colorado’s pot legalization declared unconstitutional.

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington. President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will reveal his Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and his pick is expected to come from a small circle of federal appeals court judges.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)The justices are not commenting Monday in dismissing the lawsuit the states filed directly at the Supreme Court against their neighbor.

They argued that Colorado’s law allowing recreational marijuana use by adults runs afoul of federal anti-drug laws. The states also said that legalized pot in Colorado is spilling across the borders into Nebraska and Oklahoma, complicating their anti-drug efforts and draining state resources.

The Obama administration had sided with Colorado, despite the administration’s opposition to making marijuana use legal.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito would have heard the states’ lawsuit.