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The case challenged the legality of an amendment to the Colorado constitution that allowed for the substance’s manufacture and sale for recreational use, which the states said was unconstitutional because it frustrates the enforcement of federal drug laws.
In a one-line order that offered no explanation for the decision, the justices threw out the complaint by the two states, which had asked the Supreme Court to invoke its “original jurisdiction“ — a special kind of authority that allows the court to hear disputes involving two or more states directly.
The motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied.
JUSTICE THOMAS, with whom JUSTICE ALITO joins, dissenting from the denial of motion for leave to file complaint. Federal law does not, on its face, give this Court discretion to decline to decide cases within its original jurisdiction. Yet the Court has long exercised such discretion, and does so again today in denying, without explanation, Nebraska and Oklahoma’s motion for leave to file a complaint against Colorado. I would not dispose of the complaint so hastily. Because our discretionary approach to exercising our original jurisdiction is questionable, and
because the plaintiff States have made a reasonable case that this dispute falls within our original and exclusive jurisdiction, I would grant the plaintiff States leave to file their complaint