LIVONIA (WWJ) – Should the city of Livonia be able to ban medical marijuana?
A couple who want to grow the drug there will square off with the city once again before a Wayne County Circuit Judge. And as the city prepares to defend it’s ban against medical marijuana, City Attorney Michael Fisher says Livonia’s ban should stand because medical marijuana is still against federal law. “There are now over 100,000 people in Michigan who have marijuana cards. My guess is maybe a hundred, at most a thousand, of those people actually have a medical need. This law is gradually turning into, sort of, a bill of rights for stoners,” says Fisher.
61-year-old Linda Lott, part of the couple suing the city, is an MS patient who’s legally blind. She wants to grow the drug in Livonia because she says she needs it to treat her condition. However, Fisher says officials want to prevent the threat of violence.
“Medical marijuana facilities elsewhere have been known to be magnets for crime because once people who want marijuana know that it can be had, legally or illegally in a location, they begin to appear there and they may not be too picky about how they get the marijuana,” says Fisher.
The case continues, today, in Wayne County Circuit Court.