420 with CNW — Appeals Court Rules That Probationers in Michigan Can Use Medical Cannabis

February 18, 2021 16:25:28

In June 2019, 39-year-old Michael Thue was involved in a road rage incident, ultimately pleading guilty to assault and battery. Thue, who is a state-registered medical cannabis patient, was given a year of probation as part of his sentence and ordered not to use medical marijuana during the year of probation. He fought the bond condition, lost and took the case to the Court of Appeals, resulting in a historic and precedent-setting ruling by the court.

The Court of Appeal judges unanimously ruled in a 3­–0 vote that Michigan judges could not prevent state-registered medical marijuana patients from using medical cannabis during probation. Issued by Court of Appeals Judges Deborah A. Servitto, Mark. J. Kavanaugh and Thomas C. Cameron in writing, the ruling declared that the Medical Marijuana Act, passed by voters back in 2008, “preempts or supersedes” contradicting statutes and ordinances that allow judges to limit a variety of legal…


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