The ban on genetically modified crops being grown in Josephine County, Ore., was ruled illegal or invalid by a county circuit court judge. County voters passed the ban in 2014 even though state lawmakers had made it known prior to a local vote that local governments could not take precedent over state law.
The argument by supporters of the GMO ban that the state didn’t have the right to vacate the county law did not dissuade the judge from ruling against the county ban. The request to overturn the ban was originally filed by a farm couple who was interested in growing biotech/GM sugar beets.
There is no word on whether the judge’s ruling will be appealed.