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Metro Detroit Couple Fighting for Right to Grow Medical Marijuana


Metro Detroit Couple Fighting for Right to Grow Medical Marijuana: MyFoxDETROIT.com







Updated: Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

Published : Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011, 8:52 PM EDT



WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com


DETROIT (WJBK) - Michigan voters said yes to lighting up, but the debate over medical marijuana is far from settled. The ACLU of Michigan is fighting ordinances they say makes patients and their caregivers criminals even if they grow the pot in accordance with the state law.


"We are not hippies. We are not getting high," said Robert Lott. "This is strictly for medical use."


His wife, Linda, suffers from debilitating, progressive multiple sclerosis. Confined to a wheelchair, blind and in pain, medical marijuana is her only hope.


"The marijuana truly alleviates her pain almost immediately," Robert Lott told us.


When the voters of Michigan approved medical marijuana, the Lotts finally had hope.


"To get out of pain, the terrible pain that my spasms cause and not be considered a criminal," said Linda Lott. "We're still going back and forth on that."


The Lotts said they would be considered criminals under ordinances in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Livonia, the cities where they live and work, if they were to grow marijuana in accordance with state law.


The ACLU of Michigan is fighting those ordinances.


"How can you say that they are not being denied their rights or privileges under the medical marijuana act?" ACLU attorney Andy Nickelhoff argued in court.


The judge said she would make a ruling on June 30. The Lotts said it can't come soon enough.


"So, we're really criminals still in our own home," Robert Lott said. "To alleviate her pain, she has to be a criminal because she's at the max of prescription pain."


Nickelhoff said that is really what's against the law.


"Michigan also says that they can't be prosecuted or punished for exercising that right. Couldn't be clearer," he said.

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