Michigan Court: Medical Marijuana Law Isn’t Retroactive


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‚ÄčThe Michigan Appeals Court ruled Wednesday the state’s medical marijuana law cannot be used retroactively to save people from cannabis charges.

The court reversed a decision by a Tuscola County judge who had dismissed charges against a man caught with nine marijuana plants and “drug paraphernalia,” reports the Grand Haven Tribune.
Keith Campbell said he was using marijuana for medicinal purposes, but the bust occurred in 2007, a year before Michigan’s medical marijuana law took effect.

The state court allowed that there are defenses to possessing pot if it is used to ease illness, but noted that there is nothing in the law allowing it to be applied retroactively.