Medical marijuana at state level found illegal in potential blockbuster court ruling

The tension between state medical marijuana laws, which allow patient use, and federal regulations that criminalize all pot has existed for years, with occasional court rulings -- like the 2011 conviction of Highlands Ranch MMJ grower Chris Bartkowicz -- touching on the contradiction. But a just-issued decision in Arapahoe County District Court may be the most sweeping to date in Colorado. The conclusion: The medical marijuana industry here and in other states is illegal. Period.
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