TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Judges can’t prevent people from using medical marijuana while on probation for a crime, the Michigan Court of Appeals said.
Anyone holding a state-issued medical marijuana card is immune to possible penalties, the appeals court said, 3-0.READ MORE: Chief Search: Detroit Board Of Police Commissioners Agree To Find Candidates
The court, however, cautioned that the decision does not apply to the recreational use of marijuana, which was approved by voters in 2018.
Michael Thue was barred from using medical marijuana while on probation for a year in a road rage incident in the Traverse City area. A District Court judge said the marijuana ban was the policy of Circuit Court judges in Grand Traverse County.READ MORE: Under Proposal N The City Of Detroit Says Demo, Rehab Of Abandon Properties Underway
Circuit Judge Thomas Power declined to hear an appeal.
The appeals court said Power made the wrong call, based on a line of decisions from the Michigan Supreme Court and the language of the medical marijuana law.
The law “preempts or supersedes ordinances and statutes that conflict” with it, said judges Mark Cavanagh, Deborah Servitto and Thomas Cameron.MORE NEWS: Drugstores Offer Pfizer Vaccine For Kids Age 12-15 Under New Approval
Thue’s probation ended in December, making the Thursday result moot for him. But the appeals court said the issue needed clarity for any future cases.