A Washington state law prohibiting doctors from including “any statement or reference, visual or otherwise, on the medical use of marijuana in any advertisement” is unconstitutional, a Superior Court judge ruled.

In a Jan. 9 letter to the state and a doctor’s attorney, Pierce County Judge Elizabeth Martin said she does expect that her ruling will be “the final word on the subject,” but that the state law is constitutionally vague and overbroad, and constitutes an impermissible restraint on commercial speech, in violation of the state and federal constitutions.

Judge Martin heard oral arguments on cross-motions for summary judgment on Dec. 16, 2014. She granted the doctor’s motion and denied the state’s. Here is the background.

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