Attorney disappointed by Twinn Bridges ruling

Attorney disappointed by Twinn Bridges ruling

Midland Daily News by Kelly Dame

Posted: Monday, September 12, 2011 11:32 am

The attorney representing a local man and the marijuana dispensary he ran is disappointed with a judge’s ruling to close the shop and is calling for the legalization of marijuana.

Owner Chris Gee had already shut down the Twinn Bridges Compassion Club, 559 E. Isabella Road, citing Midland County’s interpretation of medical marijuana laws, before Midland County Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Beale found the business a nuisance and granted a preliminary injunction in August. Midland County Prosecutor Mike Carpenter asked for the injunction at the end of June, contending the shop was a public nuisance because the provisions of the state’s medical marijuana act were not being followed by Gee.

Attorney Thomas Lavigne of Detroit’s Cannabis Counsel represented Gee at a July hearing in the case. “Basically, the way we see it, the State of Michigan lacks the compassion, empathy and intelligence,” to protect citizens using medical marijuana, and he said the next step is to “head for straight up legalization.” Lavigne stated the act is “crystal clear” on its purpose, which is to protect the patient. “They’ve been targeting our patients,” he said.

He also pointed out the issue has public officials acting in capacities they are not trained for. “We have judges and prosecutors practicing medicine without a license,” he said. “Legalization is really the only way to protect patients.”

Carpenter pointed out Michigan voters didn’t vote to legalize marijuana, only to provide protections to those who use it for medical purposes, and the law still needs to be clarified. “We’re pleased with the judge’s decision,” he said, adding it is in keeping with a recent state Court of Appeals ruling barring the sale of medical marijuana. That case stemmed from a dispensary in Isabella County. “The law never included the right to sell marijuana and open marijuana dispensaries,” Carpenter said. “They took a risk.”

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