Medical Cannabis Crackdown in Michigan?

Michigan law enforcement has thrown down the legal gauntlet against at least three medical cannabis dispensaries this month, including two in the Detroit metro area and one in a small town several hours northwest of the city.

In Detroit proper, the dispensary Detroit Medz was raided on July 14, with police seizing a gun and “drugs” and making an arrest, according to Mlive.com.

In Canton, a suburb west of Detroit, three residents who operate a dispensary that was raided in March were charged with felony crimes last week, including conspiracy to deliver marijuana.

In Shelby Township, far to the northwest of Detroit, local and federal law enforcement agents raided the dispensary Advance Medical Supply on July 10. Police conducted at least four searches and seized three vehicles and at least 10 pounds of cannabis.

The raids and criminal charges come just a few months after eight other dispensaries were raided in northern Michigan. They could be a response by the law enforcement community to a resurgence in the state’s MMJ industry.

Some of the raids may have been sparked by dispensaries not verifying the Michigan residency of customers, Mlive.com reported. But given the gray legal area that dispensaries operate in, how law enforcement deals with such businesses is often left to local discretion.

6 comments on “Medical Cannabis Crackdown in Michigan?
  1. Matthew Abel on

    This will continue to happen until we get legalization here in Michigan. Help us open up an economy with twice the population of Colorado. Go to http://www.milegalize.com and donate to help us put legalization on the ballot in Michigan. We are in the process of collecting signatures now, but need money.

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  2. Mark Burcaw, D.C. on

    “Local discretion” means the bad cops smash and grab, gobble edibles, threaten disabled patients….just youtube: “Santa Ana pot raid sparks investigation” this behavior tarnishes the good cops who understand the industry.

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  3. Seth Tyrssen on

    Truly a sad commentary, but, welcome to Michigan. In spite of a toothless “legalization” like we have in Georgia (and several others states) the Prohibition, in reality, remains in effect. Time to put another “round in your arsenal,” ladies and gents, and attack this issue as both a medical issue, and a FREEDOM OF RELIGION issue. See the Temple of Ankh’n’Abis/Church of the Sacred Herb page on Facebook.

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  4. Dianne maciborski on

    As an aging senior the medical dispensary was a great place to visit and get real quality meds but it’s been raided shut down for over a year. I need medication for a number of on going illnesses and it’s a shame I have to know codes and have secret meetings with a grower. I have a card I am sick not a criminal and I’m treated like shit by my government by allowing medical dispensaries to be raided by dea. I wouldn’t be so I’ll if I hadn’t been part of uncle sam war machine. The state of Michigan gave me my only meritorious achievement award after I left a five year tour of duty. I still trust my government in that it wants to provide services but all controlled by them I bet next time around. Big money big government bignore profit.

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  5. Ra El on

    I can say there are quite a few so called dispensaries operating in Detroit that are selling to non-card holders. Some even put flyers at a parking lot of a middle school.
    Michigan needs to get it together.

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