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A trial for a man accused of illegally selling medical marijuana in Mt. Pleasant has been postponed.

Originally set to begin Monday, Daniel Vernell Corbin’s trial was pushed back and there will be a hearing in Isabella County Trial Judge Mark Duthie’s courtroom Aug. 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Corbin, 46, is charged with three counts of delivery of marijuana and one count of maintaining a drug house, according to court records.


Corbin, who was an employee of HydroWorld medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing and Jackson, is accused of illegally selling medical marijuana at a HydroWorld branch on Broadway Street in downtown Mt. Pleasant to a police informant in February.


Corbin is alleged to have sold medical marijuana on three occasions to a confidential informant for the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, according to court records.

Police said in an affidavit supporting a criminal complaint against Corbin that the confidential informant went into the dispensary at 207 W. Broadway Feb. 6, 7 and 14. Michigan Supreme Court justices on Feb. 8 ruled that dispensaries are a public nuisance and are not legal under Michigan’s 2008 medical marijuana law.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette the same day began telling county prosecutors to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries.

That ruling came after the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by Isabella County Chief Judge Paul Chamberlain that Compassionate Apothecary in Mt. Pleasant was legal.

Court of appeals judges and supreme court justices ruled that patient-to-patient sales of medical marijuana are illegal.

Corbin was one of four employees at a HydroWorld in Lansing who was charged criminally, but an Ingham County district judge dismissed the case last year, according to CityPulse in Lansing.

That case involved undercover police officers going into HydroWorld and purchasing medical marijuana between May and September 2011.

Ingham County District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. said that the HydroWorld employees were authorized to sell medical marijuana to the undercover officers because the officers had recommendations signed by physicians, according to CityPulse.



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