by Tom Angell
The United States Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a case against Colorado that could have dealt a devastating blow to legal marijuana laws in a growing number of states.
The lawsuit, which Nebraska and Oklahoma filed in late 2014, compared marijuana coming over their borders from Colorado to pollution. They said that as a result, their law enforcement agencies, courts and jails are being unduly overburdened.
The support of four justices was needed for the case to move forward. While it is not known where the current members of the Court came down on granting review, it has been widely speculated that the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia likely left the plaintiffs with one fewer vote than they otherwise would have had.
According to the case docket, the justices were scheduled to discuss the case behind closed doors on four occasions in the past two months, most recently on Friday.
This is a developing story and will be updated with further details.