Commercial Marijuana Sales Deemed Illegal in Michigan
The Michigan Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Wednesday that deemed commercial sales of marijuana illegal.
This is the reason why medical marijuana dispensaries on Michigan Avenue in Lansing, Michigan, remain closed. Most of the dispensaries in this area are used by patients who are students, because of their accessibility. This means that students who are coming back on campus for the fall term will have to find other dispensaries which are open, or find caregivers who are willing to add them to their roster of patients.
Caregivers are legally-certified marijuana growers, who are aged 21 or older.
Jonathan Beagley, a 2011 alumnus of Michigan State University (MSU), founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and a medical marijuana patient, shared that the ruling will “totally… change everything.” Having to turn to caregivers, Beagley shared, is not a very reliable option, as based on his personal experience, there are caregivers who agree to add students as patients, then fail to come through at the last minute.
The ruling will most likely be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court. There is no telling, however, how long the dispensaries would remain closed.
The decision of the Court of Appeals came after the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act received criticism from Attorney General Bill Schuette, and groups of Republican Lawyers. They pointed out that there were holes in the state’s medical marijuana act, and that it did not allow dispensaries to exist legally.
Robin Schneider, a spokeswoman for an advocacy group for dispensaries, shared: “I’m in shock right now… We’ve pushed people out on the streets and back in the neighborhoods to get their medicine illegally.”
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