Marijuana Laws

Judge Awards Oregon County’s Weed Lawsuit to State

A judge recently tossed a lawsuit filed against the state by a county in Oregon over the legalization of recreational marijuana. Early last week, and reported on Thursday by The Daily Courier, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane officially signed a formal order that dismissed the case by Josephine County, claiming a county, even a city, does not have sufficient standing to sue a state in federal court. Filed back in April, the lawsuit contended that any federal law prohibiting marijuana supersedes Oregon’s decision to legalize cannabis for commercial sales. This is untrue since states maintain the right to create their own laws. However, so do counties. Wally Hicks, legal counsel for Josephine County, said that both he and the county’s Board of Commissioners would accept the decision by the judge. In speaking to the newspaper, Hicks said that there has not been any discussion yet among county leaders on whether …

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