By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A medical marijuana patient is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to reconsider its refusal to end mandatory state registration and fees for medical marijuana cards now that marijuana is legal statewide for recreational use.
The southern Nevada man, a migraine-suffer identified only as John Doe, accuses the state of discriminating against medicinal marijuana users by regulating them more strictly than their recreational counterparts.
In a sharply worded petition for rehearing filed on his behalf late Thursday, Las Vegas attorney Jacob Hafter characterizes the justices as cowardly for sidestepping questions about fundamental rights to health care in their ruling earlier this week denying Doe’s appeal of a lower court ruling throwing out his lawsuit.
Forcing medical marijuana card holders to register with the state violates their constitutional rights against self-incrimination given that the U.S. government still considers marijuana illegal, Hafter wrote.