- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A state judge has found that a law prohibiting doctors from mentioning medical marijuana in advertisements is unconstitutional.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/14w5Qzf ) that Pierce County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Martin ruled Friday that the law violates a medical professional’s First Amendment right to free speech.

The ruling came in a case brought by Pierce County osteopath Scott Havsy. He sued the state last year after the Department of Health sanctioned him for advertising his willingness to authorize a patient’s use of medical marijuana.

The News Tribune reports that Havsy developed a reputation as a go-to guy for people who want to use marijuana for medical reasons. His lawyer argued that the state’s ban on medical marijuana advertisements hindered a patient’s ability to find doctors to authorize its use.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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