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National Tobacco Company loses suit against D.C.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has ruled against a tobacco company that sued to challenge a District of Columbia law aimed at making it tougher for kids to get materials that can be used to smoke marijuana.

The Kentucky-based National Tobacco Company sued the city last year, arguing that a 2010 law banning the sale of wrapping papers used to roll cigars was vague and unconstitutional.

But a judge Monday ruled for the city. Lawmakers said in passing the law that they were concerned teens were using cigar wrappers to smoke large marijuana cigarettes, but Washington has never enforced the ban.

A lawyer for the city had argued in court that National Tobacco could not sue because it is a supplier, not a seller, and therefore cannot face potential fines from the law.

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