bobandtorey Posted February 12, 2014 Report Share Posted February 12, 2014 The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Feb. 6 that local officials in Michigan may not ban the use of medical marijuana within their boundaries — a unanimous landmark ruling expected to overturn local ordinances in Livonia, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Lyon Township. The outcome was hailed by marijuana activists, because if it had gone the other way, there was a chance that the decision would have barred all Michiganders from using marijuana for health purposes. And numerous communities were said to be watching the outcome before considering passage of their own local ordinances. “This is fabulous news, but it’s actually no surprise,” said Detroiter Tim Beck, 61, who for years has pushed to relax marijuana laws and has helped organize local ballot proposals in Detroit and Ferndale. An earlier Michigan Court of Appeals ruling strongly affirmed the right of retired attorney John Ter Beek, a resident of the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming, to use medical cannabis. But supporters nonetheless were relieved by the new ruling, Beck said. Livonia Mayor Jack Kirksey said he was disappointed by the ruling. “As a parent, as a grandparent and now a great-grandparent, in terms of how marijuana can affect young people, I think this is a regrettable step backward,” Kirksey said Thursday night. A handful of Michigan communities have passed bans on medical marijuana that carried serious criminal penalties, including jail time, according to the ACLU of Michigan, which sued to overturn ordinances in Livonia, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills. Most such ordinances did not mention medical marijuana but instead merely said that any activity illegal under federal law was also illegal in their community — a clear swipe at medical marijuana, ACLU lawyers said. “Needless to say, we are thrilled” by the ruling, ACLU of Michigan spokeswoman Rana Elmir said. Those joining forces in the lawsuit to block medical cannabis included the public corporation section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, both of which argued for nullifying the entire state act allowing medical marijuana — passed into law in 2008 by 63% of Michigan voters. Read More Here http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20140210/NEWS13/302100022/Where-does-Novi-stand-after-court-says-local-laws-can-t-ban-medical-marijuana- Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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