Tague reacts to medical marijuana ruling | News
MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- A Michigan Appeals Court says people who want to grow medical marijuana should wait until they have a state issued card.
That ruling published Wednesday means a Northern Michigan man will face charges for manufacturing marijuana.
Investigators spotted six marijuana plants growing at Brian Reed's house in August of 2009. He was arrested three months later. At the time of the arrest Reed had a state card to use medical marijuana. But the appeals court says it does not prevent authorities from prosecuting him for what they found a few months earlier.
One week ago the same appeals court ruled that medical marijuana can no longer be sold through dispensaries.
Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague says there are two dispensaries in his county.
Attorney General Bill Schuette is encouraging prosecutors to work with local law enforcement and municipalities to close dispensaries as nuisances.
"This law did not make marijuana legal. It did not allow for dispensaries and did not allow for the open sale of marijuana. Those activities in the state of Michigan I am sure within the next few weeks will be shut down," Tague said Wednesday.
The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to hear appeals on other aspects of the medical marijuana law not settled with the lower court ruling.