Medical marihuana is a hot topic at a weekend gathering of Michigan's county prosecutors

Aug 26, 2011

Local county prosecutors are meeting this weekend on Mackinac Island.  This week’s appeals court ruling that medical marihuana dispensaries are illegal is a hot topic of conversation.

 Michigan’s prison system was supposed to be the focus of this weekend’s annual meeting of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. But this week’s ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals has changed that. 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette plans to urge county prosecutors to use the decision to force medical marihuana dispensaries to shut down. 

Berrien County Prosecutor Arthur Cotter chairs the association’s medical marihuana committee.  He says it will be up to local prosecutors to decide how they want to proceed.  

“It’s been a significant area of discussion and prosecutors, who do have dispensaries in their county, are discussing…what they intend to do…and what others are intending to do at this point.”  

Many medical marihuana shops have closed their doors since the appeals court ruling, unsure if they can continue to serve patients.  An appeal of the ruling to the Michigan Supreme Court is expected.