A Florida judge has ruled that a law that requires the production and distribution of marijuana is unconstitutional.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Michael Goss came just over a month after the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing that marijuana should be legal across the globe.
“The Court finds that a state’s prohibition of marijuana consumption and production violates the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Goss wrote in a ruling that was published on Monday.
The U.K. and the Netherlands also have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but the United States has yet to do so.
Goss, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, said the Florida case should set precedent that other states might want to follow.
“States have the constitutional power to regulate, but it is not enough to say that their citizens should not be able to access marijuana,” Giss wrote.
“Even if the law in question is constitutionally permissible, states have the power to enforce the law by enforcing the laws that they have passed.
The Supreme Court has ruled on the question whether the States have a right to regulate interstate commerce in intoxicating liquors and cigarettes.”
The ruling was the latest in a long string of decisions against Florida’s medical marijuana law.
The law was originally passed in 2012 to address medical conditions such as chronic pain and cancer.
The measure would have made it a felony to produce or possess less than 10 ounces of marijuana or marijuana-infused products in a private home.
The ruling, which came after Goss denied a motion to dismiss the case last year, comes just weeks after the state’s attorney general announced that he would not prosecute anyone under the law.
As The Washington Post reported at the time, the state will not charge anyone who is not a licensed grower under the new law, but they can still be prosecuted for possessing less than 20 ounces of cannabis.
The court did not say how it determined whether the law was constitutional.