Michigan must give feds medical marijuana records

Jun 5, 2011

A judge in Grand Rapids says the state of Michigan must comply with a federal request to turn over information about the medical marijuana 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. That's because Michigan's medical marijuana law has a confidentiality provision.

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 has said it's not harassing legitimate medical marijuana users.

Brenneman says only the "truly naive" would believe that the medical marijuana law would not be used as a cover for the illicit use of pot.