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Michigan Judge Rules Against Privacy For Medical Marijuana Patients

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Michigan Medical Marijuana

A crushing blow for patient privacy as a judge in Grand Rapids ruled the state of Michigan must comply with a federal request to turn over information about the medical marijuana users registered in the state according to TV8 News in Michigan.

In question are the records of six people in the Lansing area. The Department of Community Health had refused to comply with a subpoena from federal agents without a court order.

Michigan’s medical marijuana law has a confidentiality provision but according to the ruling, that law conflicts with already established federal drug laws.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh Brenneman Jr. said Friday that the federal government has a right to investigate possible drug crimes. The Drug Enforcement Administration claims it’s not harassing legitimate medical marijuana users but this gives the DEA a chance to pick and choose who they go after. In short, medical marijuana patients should not expect the information they give to the state to receive a registration card will be kept from federal investigators.

Medical MarijuanaBrenneman says only the “truly naïve” would believe that the medical marijuana law would not be used as a cover for the illicit marijuana use.

According to court documents acquired by TV8 News, Judge Brenneman said there was no need to give state workers immunity in this case, since the law is void when it comes to federal investigations.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had previously asked the court to give state workers immunity from prosecution if they were forced to violate the privacy section of the law.

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  • Bayareaman

    Hugh Brenneman Jr.is a facist!

  • THeCloset

    I want to believe all those hard working folks out there, who follow the law…will be okay…Just follow the guidelines folks…They’re still looking for illegal stuff. Peace of mind has value and so does our freedom. Keep your numbers right on, even or under at all times and everything is gonna be just fine.