Mich. court takes medical pot appeals - WNEM TV 5

Mich. court takes medical pot appeals

By ED WHITE
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases about medical marijuana, the first appeals accepted by the state's highest court since voters approved the limited use of pot in 2008.

In a case from Shiawassee County, a man had a medical marijuana card but was charged with drug crimes when police found pot growing outside in a dog kennel.

In a case from Oakland County, the issue is whether someone using marijuana must have consulted a doctor after the law was passed, not before.

In both cases, drug charges were dismissed by trial judges but restored by the Michigan appeals court. The Supreme Court agreed to hear appeals in brief orders released Thursday.

People who get state-issued cards can use marijuana to alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses.

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