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US solicitor general’s office at Justice Department. Credit: Mike Scarcella / ALM

The U.S. Supreme Court has been reluctant to step into conflicts surrounding the burgeoning recreational marijuana industry in America, and the U.S. Justice Department now wants the justices to maintain their hands-off stance in a fight involving the Internal Revenue Service.

The Justice Department, in a brief filed by U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, urges the high court to deny review in the case Green Solution Retail v. United States. The Colorado marijuana retail chain contends the IRS is abusing its authority by investigating—for purposes of a tax assessment—whether the chain engages in illegal federal drug trafficking.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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