Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken a narrow view of how marijuana can be legally cultivated under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
The act authorizes licensed caregivers to grow up to 12 plants for each of five patients.
Schuette has issued Opinion 7259, which states:
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, MCL 333.26421 et seq, prohibits the joint cooperative cultivation or sharing of marihuana plants because each patient’s plants must be grown and maintained in a separate enclosed, locked facility that is only accessible to the registered patient or the patient’s registered primary caregiver.
Schuette’s opinion was issued in connection with Rep. John Walsh’s (R-Livonia) announcement of a package of bills “that will ensure public safety by clarifying the many ambiguities in the Medical Marihuana Act.”
All of this comes on the heels of the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision to take up several issues regarding affirmative defenses provided by the MMA. See “MSC will hear medical marijuana appeals.”