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Judge Dismisses Case Due to Unclear Medical Marijuana Laws


A Lansing judge dismissed a medical marijuana case on grounds that Michigan's laws regarding it are too unclear. Undercover police officers raided a medical marijuana dispensary last year. They were able to buy an eighth of an ounce without a proper state-issued medical marijuana card.

But did HydroWorld employees break the law? The only state law on the issue is the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and 54-A district Judge Hugh Clarke says it's too confusing to tell.

In his 19-page opinion, he writes the law "screams for legislative clarification."

HydroWorld owner Danny Trevino sees Clarke's dismissal as a victory.

"I felt awesome! I felt like, 'man, it's been a long time coming.' I knew I was right. There was no way we were legal for four years, the law is still exactly the same, hasn't been changed at all," said Trevino.

Last year the michigan court of appeals ruled all medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal. Some centers closed their doors after that decision. Others, including HydroWorld, kept the cannabis coming.

State Representative Mark Meadows agrees the current law isn't clear enough.

"Clarification is necessary, there's a package of bills pending in the legislature right now, and I think we continue to hope we can get something done by the end of the year," said Meadows.

Meadows and other lawmakers say they hope to clear up the haziness of medical marijuana legislation. Until then, it's unclear whether or not HydroWorld is operating legally.

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