MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) – Prosecutors have been given the green light to pursue charges against medical marijuana users who are smoking pot in their car in parking lots.

The Michigan appeals court says a car is private property but parking lots generally are open to the public. The court says the state’s medical marijuana law prohibits use “in any public place.”

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The decision last week involves a man with a medical marijuana card who was smoking pot in his car outside the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant.

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Robert Carlton was charged with a misdemeanor. The prosecutor appealed after judges in Isabella County said Carlton’s car wasn’t a public place and dismissed the charge.

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