A police raid of a state-approved medical-marijuana patient’s home harvest in Troy highlights what Oakland County authorities have said are growing abuses of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.
Yet, to the drug’s proponents, it’s an example of heavy-handed police actions taken against people trying to comply with the law.
The raid was announced in a Troy police report sent to the news media today, nearly a month after it took place Oct. 12 and before any decisions had been made about whether charges would be filed against the unnamed suspect. It comes at a time when communities across Oakland County are trying to figure out how to handle marijuana-growing operations.
The Southfield City Council, for example, met with its city planning director tonight for an update on medical marijuana and the possibility of adding a zoning ordinance that might allow people to grow their supply in light-industrial areas on 8 Mile.
The council is expected to decide in January.
In the Troy raid, police said they are seeking a warrant from the Oakland County prosecutor to press charges of manufacturing and possessing marijuana.
Police gave this account:
Officers, acting on a tip, obtained a search warrant for a house on Coolidge, north of Square Lake Road. They found the following: “14 mature plants, 79 seedlings planted and 30 plants that had already been harvested. … Scales and packaging material were also located. The resident had a medical marijuana card (showing state approval to medicate, from the Michigan Department of Community Health) but not a caregiver’s card (showing state approval to provide medication for as many as five approved patients).”
Under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, an individual patient may raise up to 12 plants but may possess only 2 1/2 ounces of usable medicine, state-approved caregiver Terry Payne of Sterling Heights said.
Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm said today that “the law is pretty clear on the limit you can have,” and that the suspect on Coolidge clearly exceeded what he was allowed to possess and cultivate as a state-approved patient.
Colin A. Daniels