Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 12, 2012

Mich. Supreme Court hears medical marijuana case

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in one of the most significant legal issues since voters approved medical marijuana.

Justices held a hearing Thursday in a case about shops known as dispensaries, where people with medical marijuana cards sell homegrown pot to people who don't grow their own.

The state appeals court last year said there's nothing in the 2008 law that allows it.

The case involves a Mount Pleasant shop that allowed members to sell marijuana to each other.

Michigan Public Radio reports that Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully says the medical marijuana act doesn't allow dispensaries where patients can share marijuana with each other.

Dispensary operators lawyer Mary Chartier says the medical marijuana law is silent on dispensaries, so they should be allowed.

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