Medical Pot Use Legal, Confusing in Michigan

Law's loopholes leave advocates, opponents fretting
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 3:15 PM CDT
Cheryl Aichele of Los Angeles, a medical marujuana user, joins demonstrators protesting the federal government's arrest of those who sell medical marijuana in California - legal under state law but prohibited...   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – Medical use of marijuana is about to become fully legal in Michigan, but loopholes and inconsistencies in the law could keep reefer madness underground, the Chicago Tribune reports. Voters approved the decriminalization measure last fall, and next month, patients will be able to request authorization from doctors. Legislatures in Illinois, Minnesota, and New Jersey may follow suit, but skeptics remain.

Cops predict the measure will lead to abuse and more narcotics robberies, with many patients planning to grow pot at home because of its high cost. But they can’t legally obtain plant seeds, and pot sellers may be prosecuted. The trouble is worth it for one suffering cancer patient, who said, “If you can escape time, that is bliss.”