The case against a Ferndale medical marijuana dispensary was dismissed Wednesday by Oakland County Circuit Judge Daniel O’Brien.
Clinical Relief was raided Aug. 26, 2010, resulting in charges being filed against Ryan Richmond, Barbara Johnson, Ryan Fleissner, Matthew Curtis, Angelina Veseli, Anthony Agro, Barbara Agro and Nicholas Agro.
A press release from the office of Neil Rockind, who represented Richmond in the case, called the decision to drop all charges against all defendants “a ground breaking opinion.”
Rockind had previously argued that the owners of the clinic believed they were complying with the law and had approval from the city of Ferndale.
Prosecutors have said that caregivers are only able to provide marijuana for up to five patients and must be connected to those patients through a registration process. Dispensaries are not legal, according to the prosecutor’s office.
“This is the most significant ruling since the passage of the Medical Marijuana Act,” the release states.
“Since the initiation of charges, attorneys for all defendants have challenged every aspect of the prosecution’s case and have appeared in court numerous times — primarily to argue issues of law.
“Today is a huge victory for medical marijuana caregivers and patients statewide.”
A message left with Rockind was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.