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Medical marijuana patients in Michigan will be scrambling for safe access to their medicine after the state Supreme Court ruled Friday that dispensaries are illegal in a 4-1 decision.

Michigan’s 125,000-odd medical marijuana patients will now legally only be able to grow their own cannabis or have it grown for them by one of about 26,000 caregivers licensed by the state, reports the Huffington Post.

The Supreme Court upheld a Michigan Court of Appeals decision after hearing arguments last Octo0ber. The case considered the legality of sales of medical marijuana between patients, and a tribunal of three judges had determined those were illegal under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. The case involved Compassionate Apothecary, a dispensary in Mount Pleasant.

That ruling allowed law enforcement to shut down dispensaries, though some communities waited for Friday’s Supreme Court decision before cracking down. Compassionate Apothecary was shut down as a “public nuisance.”

An overwhelming 63 percent of Michigan’s voters approved the medical marijuana law in 2008, the biggest victory ever for medicinal cannabis. Every single county in the state, even on the conservative Upper Peninsula, approved the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

But seemingly ever since election day, pot-hostile local law enforcement and city councils have been chipping away at the law, sometimes blatantly ignoring the rights of patients and running roughshod over any protections supposedly contained in the new law.

Several cities across the state banned dispensaries outright, while others “adjusted” zoning laws to make their operation impossible. Some cities even tried to outlaw medical marijuana use completely, though those ordinances were struck down.


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