The Michigan Supreme Court threw medical marijuana dispensaries back into the Stone Age with its 4-1 decision Friday, 2-8-2013.
What does it mean? Well, users of medical marijuana can not purchase the substance at pot shops. So the state's 126,000 certified users will have to grow their own pot, or in the alternative, purchase it from a state-licensed caregiver who can grow it for them.
"The state appeals court declared dispensaries illegal in 2011, but enforcement has depended on the attitudes of local authorities. Some communities took a hands-off approach while waiting for the Supreme Court to make the ultimate decision," reported myfoxdetroit.com.
The case arose from a marijuana dispensary in Mt. Pleasant, MI that allowed users of medical marijuana to sell pot to each other. The owners of the shop pulled in a 20 percent cut of each sale. Isabella County shut the place down calling it a nuisance to the public.
Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act is silent on whether dispensaries are allowed, thus another reason for the litigation that arose, and continues up around the state. You have to wonder if the legislature was purposely vague in drafting the Act's language to keep the monkey wrench ricocheting around the pot law arena.
Whether this decision by the Michigan Supreme Court is in the best interests of the pot user remains to be seen.
What do you think?
"One person dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose in the United States and that trend is being driven by prescription (Rx) painkillers." (drugfree.org)
If you or a loved one needs help with any type of drug abuse/addiction problem, contact these sites depending on where you live. SEMCA (Wayne County residents), CARE (Macomb County residents), PACE (Oakland County residents), Drug Free Detroit (City of Detroit residents). For those residing outside the State of Michigan, contact SAMHSA for assistance. For assistance with medical marijuana issues contact The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, Michigan Medical Marijuana Certification Center, or greentreesdetroit.com, phone number: (313) 967-9999, or (248) 677-2888