Nord's medical marijuana case going to federal court

March 09, 2004

, Rocky Mountain News

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the federal court, not state court, is the right place to decide a dispute over conflicting laws governing the use of medical marijuana.

Denver U.S. District Judge Walker Miller ruled in the case of Donald Nord, of Hayden, who is certified by Colorado as a legal user of marijuana for medical reasons. Nord's marijuana was seized by a federal agent and local law enforcement officers. State charges against Nord later were dismissed, and a Routt County judge ordered the marijuana returned.

It wasn't, and Nord sought a contempt citation against the officers involved. Federal lawyers then asked to move the case to federal court.

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