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Comox Valley man abandons medical marijuana court challenge

After what he calls a "sobering second thought," Ernie Yacub has pleaded guilty to one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and had one counted stayed as a result of the plea.

Yacub is manager of the North Island Compassion Club, and last month had intended to challenge the validity of laws governing the distribution of medical marijuana.

Instead, Yacub said Wednesday, even if he successfully won the challenge, the cost of a challenge, the fact it could be overturned on appeal and the minimal effect it would have on people trying to access medical marijuana were factors in his decision not to pursue it further.

Yacub and his lawyer, Kirk Tousaw, will participate in a telephone conference March 14 to set a date for sentencing.

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