In the matter of "Standing Akimbo, LLC, et al., v. United States" (https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/062821zor_6j37.pdf at around page 28), Justice Thomas attached a statement to a denial of certiorari.
Not a lawyer, I'm just trying to understand exactly what this statement is/means/represents. As I understand it, the appellate decision was that the IRS is permitted to compel state authorities to surrender information it wants on this marijuana dispensary. The writ of certiorari then was an attempt to get SCOTUS to overturn that, correct? Which they have denied, hence effectively supporting the government's stance on cannabis.
So, with that in mind, this statement is kind of a rant (totally righteous IMO, FWIW) on why the US position toward cannabis is incoherent and inconsistent.
Assuming all that is correct, what is the function of the statement? Is it a "yeah, this sucks and the US position is ridiculous but you're stuck with it"? Or a "dissent" from the denial of certiorari?
And is it normal for there to be a statement associated with a denial of certiorari?