Colorado

Nov 10, 2009 1:42 PM by Associated Press

Denver judge overturns medical pot ruling

A Denver judge has overturned a state health board ruling that narrowed the definition of who can supply medical marijuana.

Denver District Court Judge Larry Naves said Tuesday that the order adopted by the health board on Nov. 3 is "invalid and void."

A state health department official said she doesn't know if the ruling will be appealed. Medical marijuana advocates challenged the rule change in court, saying it was made with little notice. The board temporarily suspended its rule governing who can supply marijuana to patients in light of a recent Appeals Court ruling.

That ruling said suppliers must do more than just provide medical marijuana to be considered a caregiver. Naves said he didn't see any evidence that the board considered how the vote would affect the health of patients.

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