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Thu May 31, 2012
Court ruling clarifies how criminal defendants treated in medical marijuana cases
An opinion today by the state Supreme Court adds some definition to Michigan’s 2008 voter-approved medical marijuana law.
The court made a series of rulings on what’s allowed for defendants who’ve been charged with drug crimes and don’t have a state- issued medical marijuana card. The court says a doctor’s diagnosis is a defense for someone charged with possessing marijuana without a medical marijuana card.
But the Supreme Court says there are limits. The court says there’s no going to a doctor after being busted for a diagnosis that a patient would benefit from medical marijuana. And a diagnosis has to have been made after voters approved the law.