Confusing Michigan Medical Pot Law: Can You Or Can’t You?


Fighting brain cancer was tough enough. Lori Montroy couldn’t believe she also had to fight eviction, reports the Detroit News. Suffering pain, insomnia, and depression from her battle with cancer, the 50-year-old Elk Rapids, Mi., woman was threatened with eviction from her federally subsidized apartment because she was using medical marijuana. “I wasn’t hurting anybody,” Montroy said. “Why do they want to do that?”

Confusion over Michigan’s medical marijuana initiative has led to patients with valid prescriptions’ losing their jobs or being threatened with eviction from their homes. Court battles are heating up across the state, as judges, prosecutors, and lawmakers try to fill in the gaps in what some say is a vague law. “Can you, or can’t you? There is confusion in Michigan,” said Jim Bergman of the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project. “You’ve got a conflict in the laws.” Michigan voters passed an initiative legalizing medical marijuana use in 2008; it got 63 percent of the vote and won a majority in all 83 counties. Patients could apply to the state Department of Health for ID cards that prevent them from being arrested for doctor-advised medical use of marijuana. Far from settling the debate, the initiative has led to courtroom scrapes and communities interpreting the law differently. Some communities, such as Auburn Hills, banned marijuana dispensaries. Ann Arbor, on the other hand, has 23.

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