Two days ago the Michigan Court of Appeals released their opinion in People v. Redden, a medical marijuana case. In the opinion, the Judges concluded that Section 8 of the MMA protects those individuals who don’t even possess a medical marijuana card. However, the judges also concluded that all other issues raised were issues of fact that should be decided by the trier of fact (i.e. a jury). Unfortunately, this includes whether or not Redden had a bona-fide relationship with his doctor and whether or not his medical condition required the use of marijuana. This is a huge set-back for medical marijuana and those that needs its benefits. It should not be up to a jury to decide whether or not a patient actually needs marijuana for their pain, etc. It should be up to the doctor. The Court of Appeals has effectively taken away doctor’s discretion in cases of medical marijuana.
Click here to read the opinion ———> People v. Redden
Colin A. Daniels