DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Medical marijuana cannot be sold through private shops, the Michigan appeals court said Wednesday in a major decision that strikes at businesses trying to cash in on pot.
A three-judge panel said the 2008 medical marijuana law, as well as the state’s public health code, does not allow people to sell pot to each other, even if they have state-issued marijuana cards.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette told WWJ Newsradio 950s he is pleased with the ruling.
“No one voted to have pot shops across from schools. Nobody voted to have pot shops across from churches, and nobody voted to legalize marijuana,” said Schuette.
WWJ legal analyst Charlie Langton explained what the ruling means to pot-for-pain users.
“If you’re a patient, there’s only two ways to get it. You can grow your own, or you can have a caregiver. And you better have a card that has the caregiver’s name on it,” said Langton.
“You can get up twelve plants, and that’s the only way to get your medical marijuana. Otherwise, if you go into some storefront dispensary or whatever and get your medical marijuana, good luck. You are breaking the law,” he said.
Langton added that getting a dose from your doctor is not an option either. He said the law allows doctors only to prescribe, not to dispense.
Hear our full interview with Charlie Langton: