Patients Ask Judge to Block Pot Ban - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Patients Ask Judge to Block Pot Ban

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Three medical marijuana patients are asking a judge to block a Great Falls ordinance that will permanently ban pot businesses in the city starting July 1.

Algy Thain, David Sears and Kraig Jackson claim the city is overstepping its authority and keeping patients from receiving their legal medication.

They filed a complaint in state court Tuesday seeking an injunction that would prevent the law from taking effect.

The city commission passed the ordinance earlier this month. It prohibits land in the city from being used in a way that violates federal, state or local law.

Federal law lists marijuana as an illegal drug, even though the Obama administration has said it would not prosecute medical marijuana cases when the patient is following state law.
      

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