Wis. judge issues injunction on tobacco crackdown

MADISION, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking a state crackdown on roll-your-own cigarette machines.

Robert Petersen, owner of Rib Mountain Tobacco and Liquor, filed a lawsuit last year after the state Department of Revenue told machine owners they need manufacturing and distribution permits to operate. Petersen argues machine owners sell loose tobacco and leave the manufacturing to customers.

Judge Juan B. Colas issued a temporary restraining order blocking DOR's crackdown in October. On Friday, Colas granted Petersen's motion for a temporary injunction. The decision means the state crackdown remains stalled and signals the case will continue to a hearing on a permanent prohibition.

DOR spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says agency officials are disappointed.

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