Pot Brownies Not 'Usable' Under Michigan's Medical Marijuana Law, Appeals Court Rules
Baked goods and other food containing THC, marijuana's active ingredient, are not "usable marijuana" under Michigan's medical marijuana law unless they contain actual plant material, an appeals court has ruled.
However, registered medical marijuana patients who possess THC-laced foods may still be able to claim immunity from prosecution under a different section of the law.
The ruling comes in a case centering on a January 27, 2011 traffic stop in Oakland County. Police charged Earl Cantrell Chambers with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after a search of his car revealed "marijuana found in various locations within the vehicle, including mason jars, plastic bags, and a binder of plastic pouches, as well as containers of brownies that were individually labeled to indicate the weight of the brownie and content of medical marijuana," according to the Michigan Court of Appeals opinion issued Thursday.
Chambers also had "packaging materials, including Glad zipper bags, labels, price labels, plastic portion cup lids, a vacuum sealer, and a grinder," the opinion states, and paperwork indicating sales had been made to a list of people.
When arrested, Chambers presented both a medical marijuana identification card, a caregiver certificate and applications for four patients. Chambers was tried and convicted of possession with intent to deliver and sentenced to 33 days in jail and three years of probation.
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