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Michigan Supreme Court rules against Wyoming medical marijuana ordinance
Michigan Supreme Court rules against Wyoming medical marijuana ordinance

WYOMING, Mich.—The Michigan Supreme Court is siding with a registered medical marijuana user who wants to have Wyoming’s medical marijuana ordinance voided.

The ordinance banned the cultivation and use of medical marijuana, threatening civil violations as punishment.

John Ter Beek wanted to grow and use marijuana for medical purposes in his home and argued state law protects people like him from punishment.   A lower court sided with the City of Wyoming, saying a federal law prohibiting marijuana usage preempted the state law allowing medical marijuana.  When Ter Beek appealed the decision, the Court of Appeals reversed the ruling.

In an opinion released Thursday, Feb. 6, the Michigan Supreme Court agrees with the appeals court, saying the federal act prohibiting marijuana does not preempt Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act, but it does preempt the ordinance, because it directly conflicts with the state.  

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