Judge dismisses 33 citations issued to The Greenery

, Posted: Thu, March 20 2014 at 9:29 PM, Updated: Fri, March 21 2014 at 8:14 AM

Judge dismisses 33 citations issued to The Greenery

Phoenix, Ore.-- A victory in court Thursday for a medical marijuana patient service center.

A Phoenix Municipal Judge ruled to dismiss 33 citations The Greenery received for operating without a business license.

The judge determined The Greenery is exempt from needing a license because marijuana is federally illegal tut under the city's municipal code the city cannot issue licenses to a business that violates federal law.

Mayor Jeff Bellah said that's something they'll be looking into. While The Greenery says it's been a good day.

"Yeah I'm sure we'll correct the wording maybe not for this particular instance but we need to correct the wording," said Mayor Bellah.

"We are ecstatic I mean justice ruled out. I mean for so many years cannabis people have felt that they never had the opportunity to let the justice system work for them," said The Greenery's owner, Melanie Barniskis.

The city says the next step is to move forward from this case and focus now on the moratorium that bans medical marijuana dispensaries in Phoenix for four months starting April 3rd. No word yet on how that will affect The Greenery.

Mayor Bellah said the 33 citations were handed out from December to March. He said police will no longer be issuing them to The Greenery.

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