Students, others seek clarity in conflicting interpretation of medical marijuana law

By Alex Mitchell
Capital News Service
LANSING—Michigan’s Attorney General says police become drug traffickers under federal law if they return confiscated medical marijuana to patients. But Lansing defense attorney Matt Newburg says that’s ridiculous since Michigan’s law states marijuana can be returned after verifying a patient’s information. Such disputes are evidence of the confusion surrounding medical marijuana, leaving students and others struggling to understand a law that can seemingly change overnight. That’s why the Michigan State University Rotaract Club, a branch of Rotary International, recently invited Newburg to discuss marijuana laws. The way the law is enforced incentivizes cops to arrest patients, said Newburg, whose firm deals almost exclusively with criminal defense cases pertaining to medical marijuana.

Bill to ban medical marijuana bars

By Britteny Dee
Lansing Star staff writer

Last month, Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced a bill to ban medical marijuana bars. Jones defined a medical marijuana bar as a dispensary that allows consumption on its premises. He said his reasoning is that allowing patients to use marijuana at a bar and then drive is dangerous. According to the bill, a person violating this law would be guilty of a misdemeanor, charged a fine of no more than $500, or both. The bill is controversial.