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Supreme Court wont rule in Washington County pot, gun case

County has spent $34,800 so far pursuing case, which originated in 2007

A fight over whether those with medical marijuana cards can be issued concealed handgun permits is over, thanks - in a way - to the U.S. Supreme Court, which announced that it wouldn't rule in the case of Gordon v. Sansone.

The case dates back to 2007, when then-Sheriff Rob Gordon's office argued Washington County residents Steven Schwerdt, Paul Sansone and Lee Wallick should be disqualified from having a concealed handgun permit since they reported possession of marijuana on the application.

Under federal law, it is prohibited for those who are 'unlawful users' of a controlled substance to possess firearms.

The trio sued and prevailed in circuit court. The county appealed to the state Court of Appeals and the state Supreme court.

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled that the federal law, as construed by sheriff's offices, didn't preclude a medical marijuana cardholder from being issued a concealed handgun permit. That ruling will stand.

The county has spent $34,800 in legal fees pursuing the case.



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