medical marijuana
3:55 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Medical marijuana clubs to challenge ruling in favor of DEA

The Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs will fight a federal court ruling they say sets a bad precedent for medical marijuana patients.

It’s a crime under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act for anyone -- including the state of Michigan -- to turn over personal information of registered patients and their caregivers. But earlier this month a federal judge in Grand Rapids ordered the state to hand over the medical marijuana records of seven individuals to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The DEA says it will not prosecute people operating legally under the state’s law.

But the Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs worries the ruling sets a dangerous precedent for medical marijuana patients. The club’s attorney suggests the case is an attempt to suppress the state’s law allowing medical marijuana.

The club sent notice to the judge Friday that it will file an appeal as soon as next week.