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State Supreme Court Outlaws Pot Shops


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Michigan Supreme Court says users of medical marijuana can't buy it at pot shops. The state limits the amount of patients each care-giver sells to to five.

The 4-1 decision Friday is the most significant court ruling since voters approved marijuana for certain illnesses in 2008. It means the state's 126,000 approved users must grow their own pot or have a state-licensed caregiver grow it for them.

Michigan's attorney general says he's notifying county prosecutors that they have the green light to shut down medical-marijuana shops.

Bill Schuette says a decision means the so-called dispensaries "will have to close their doors." The court ruled in the case of a Mount Pleasant shop where the owners made money when medical-marijuana users sold pot to each other. Schuette says that's clearly illegal.

The state appeals court declared dispensaries illegal in 2011, but enforcement has depended on the attitudes of local authorities. Some communities took a hands-off approach while waiting for the Supreme Court to make the ultimate decision.

The case involves a Mount Pleasant dispensary that allowed medical-marijuana users to sell pot to each other. Owners took as much as a 20 percent cut of each sale. Isabella County shut it down as a public nuisance.

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