In a packed courtroom, Judge Mueller heard final arguments on the defense's motion challenging the constitutionality of the federal classification of marijuana as an illegal Schedule I controlled substance. The judge did not rule on the motion, stating that she would do so as soon as she can and within the next 30 days.
The defense emphasized how irrational it is for marijuana to be prohibited under federal law as having "no accepted medical use," now that 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. The prosecutor admitted that there is "encouraging research" showing marijuana's medical value but claimed we're "not there yet."
The judge gave no indication which way she will decide.