Marijuana Case Goes to Michigan Supreme Court
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Marijuana Case Goes to Michigan Supreme Court
Posted by CN Staff on March 28, 2012 at 17:44:02 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Lansing -- The Michigan Supreme Court says it will decide whether people permitted to use medical marijuana can sell it to others who also have cards.The court said Wednesday it will review a major appeals court decision from last year that declared such sales illegal, especially through dispensaries. Authorities in many counties have used that ruling to shut down the shops. But in some areas, police and prosecutors have declined to intervene.
The Supreme Court case involves a dispensary in Mount Pleasant that allowed its members to sell marijuana to each other, with the owners taking as much as a 20 percent cut. The appeals court said the 2008 medical marijuana law does not permit dispensaries. The shop was shut down as a public nuisance.In Livingston County, the Marshall Alternates medical marijuana dispensary in Handy Township was closed following charges against the owners, Christi Marshall and her husband, Alan Marshall, who were each charged with delivering marijuana for allegedly selling the drug to an undercover officer who posed as a card-carrying medical marijuana patient in February and May 2011.Also charged in connection the business are Stephanie Lynn Baxter, 30, and April Sundie Smith, 44.The county prosecutorís office alleges none of the four defendants are connected through the stateís caregiver registry to provide marijuana for medicinal purposes to the person who received the marijuana.The defense has argued police entrapped the defendants by using fraudulent driverís license and medical marijuana patient identification card to make the purchase of marijuana for medicinal purposes.Christi Marshall, Alan Marshall, Baxter and Smithís cases are pending in Circuit Court.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Published: March 28, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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