Medical marijuana in Michigan suffered a major setback this week as the state’s appeals court ruled that marijuana cannot be sold through private shops. The unanimous decision threatens to dismantle the 200 to 300 dispensaries in the state.
The court ruled that Michigan’s 2008 medical cannabis law doesn’t allow for the sale of pot – a decision that could lead to businesses like Compassionate Apothecary in Mount Pleasant to be closed down.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who supports tightening restrictions in the state’s medical cannabis law as well as outlawing dispensaries, will notify county prosecutors of the court’s decision – essentially giving them the go-ahead to pursue and shut down medical marijuana dispensaries.
Schuette said in a statement, “This ruling is a huge victory for public safety and Michigan communities struggling with an invasion of pot shops near their schools, homes and churches … The court echoed the concerns of law enforcement, clarifying that this law is narrowly focused to help the seriously ill, not the creation of a marijuana free-for-all.”
The ruling may not be the final word for dispensaries in Michigan as the decision will likely be appealed and heard by the state Supreme Court. However, for the nearly 100,000 certified medical marijuana patients in the Great Lakes State, obtaining quality medicine just got a lot harder.
According to reports, two medical marijuana dispensaries located in Ann Arbor were raided around 10:20am Thursday. Police were seen carrying boxes out of A2 Go Green Corp, however, witnesses did not report seeing anyone arrested.
Additionally, reports indicate that many MMJ shops across the state have decided to close down as a result of Wednesday’s ruling.