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Michigan Appeals Court Rules Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

michigan appeals court medical marijuana dispensariesMedical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan have operated in a grey area for quite some time now. Michigan’s medical marijuana law does not specify whether dispensaries are allowable or not. Michigan caregivers are allowed to help out other patients, which is usually the provision that dispensaries operate on. Michigan dispensaries have been under attack due to the lack of statewide regulations. The Michigan Appeals Court ruled against medical marijuana dispensaries recently, dealing a blow to the growing dispensary population in Michigan. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Dispensaries in Michigan may be on their last legs after a state court of appeals effectively ruled that medical marijuana patients only can get their medicine by growing it themselves or from registered caregivers who are allowed to assist up to five patients.

The decision comes after two men who were charged with distributing medical marijuana appealed the plea deals they had reached,  local broadcaster WOOD TV reported.

Michigan reminds me a lot of Oregon prior to the passage of statewide medical marijuana industry regulations. Just as in Michigan, Oregon dispensaries had already been around for a long time, with some areas of Oregon turning a blind eye to them, with other areas fighting them at all costs. In the absence of statewide rules, Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries will always be under attack in one way or another. Michigan’s Legislature needs to step up and pass comprehensive, fair rules. The patients, dispensary owners, and citizens of Michigan deserve it.

  • Sinclair

    Typical political bullshit. They are only doing this because we gave a good chance to vote and pass legalization this November.

  • deano

    What happens when Medical Pot can be given without SMOKING it? Pill form coming soon with high. 90% of people lose the right to use it since they are only on it now to get high. This program is mostly fraud waste and abuse.

    • Christopher Potas

      cite a source for the nonsense you post or STFU……and Marinol has been around since the 70s

      • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

        Even though tetrahydrocannabinol itself was discovered in 1964,
        prescription Marinol has only been around since the mid-1980s,
        (13-July-1986, specifically), when the DEA finalized
        formal approval as a Schedule 2 prescription drug.
        [Marinol has since, been lowered to Schedule 3, in 1999]

    • George Van Setters

      Marijuana is most effective when smoked, it benefits those that use the drug as a relief from pain, pills and edibles are a joke. Pain pills are killing millions, You have no clue what your talking about, and you waive your opinion around like a flag to mark a cause. disgusting. Medical marijuana patient since it started, an I’m telling you your ignorant!

  • WildCherry Gary

    I’ve had the MMMP card since the beginning. Growing your own Pot can be a pain in the ass. Setting up a grow room and running the lights and maintaining the right temp is not cheap or easy. Then, you are stuck in or near the house for 4-5 months watering and watching the plants. Then, you are allowed to have 12 plants but you are only allowed to have 2 ounces. That makes No Sense ! We need the dispensaries to buy from when we can’t or don’t want to grow. I wish there were some Legislators that knew something about Marijuana and passed some intelligent legislation. Look at Chuck Rosenburg , the Chief of the DEA. . He thinks you smoke the leaves !! I think they should just make it legal and stop all this Bullshit and most importantly , release EVERYONE who is imprisoned for petty possession !!!!