Michigan's Medical Marijuana Users Protected Under Law, High Court RulesSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 18:59
Michigan's Medical Marijuana Users Protected Under Law, High Court Rules
May 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm
By Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News
In a major ruling on Michigan's controversial medical marijuana act, the Michigan Supreme Court said Thursday the 2008 voter-approved law provides legal protection from prosecution, even for users who did not obtain state-issued medical marijuana cards.
In a 34-page ruling, the court said the law provides an affirmative defense to "individuals who are not registered cardholding patients to assert the affirmative defense" in any criminal prosecution involving marijuana.
"Because the MMMA (Michigan Medical Marijuana Act) was the result of a voter initiative, our goal is to ascertain and give effect to the intent of the electorate, rather than the Legislature, as reflected in the language of the law itself. We must give the words of the MMMA their ordinary and plain meaning as would have been understood by the electorate," the opinion said.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120531/METRO/205310475#...