Michigan Supreme Court: Medical marijuana patients safe from prosecution

By Dawson Bell

The Michigan Supreme Court, in its first major ruling on a case arising from the use of medical marijuana, said that the voter-approved law on medicinal pot provides broad legal protection from prosecution.

The Michigan Supreme Court, in its first major ruling on a case arising from the use of medical marijuana, said that the voter-approved law on medicinal pot provides broad legal protection from prosecution. / WILLIAM ARCHIE/Detroit Free Press

The Michigan Supreme Court, in its first major ruling on a case arising from the use of medical marijuana, said today that the state’s voter-approved law on medicinal pot provides relatively broad legal protection from prosecution, even for patients who do not register for a state medical marijuana card.

In a pair of cases out of Oakland and Shiawassee counties, the court ruled unanimously that lower-court interpretations of the marijuana statute had been too restrictive.

In the Oakland County case, the court said the law allows a person arrested on a marijuana-related offense to assert a medical marijuana defense, as long as the use of marijuana was recommended by a doctor after the law was enacted in 2008 and before the arrest.

 

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