Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 18, 2012

Court: No driving with medical marijuana

TRAVERSE CITY — A person can't drive with medical marijuana in their system, the state court of appeals ruled.

The Michigan Court of Appeals this week made the ruling in a Grand Traverse County case. A medical marijuana patient in 2010 was charged with operating under the influence of a controlled substance, but a circuit judge said prosecutors must prove the drug impaired the man's driving for the charge to stick.

Grand Traverse Prosecutor Alan Schneider appealed that decision.

The court of appeals ruled the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act doesn't change the fact it's a crime for an individual to drive with marijuana in their system, regardless of whether it causes impairment.

The criminal case will now proceed in Grand Traverse County.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Record-Eagle.

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