Michigan Supreme Court: Cities Can’t Ban Medical Cannabis
In a unanimous decision Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that localities in the state are not legally authorized to ban medical cannabis within their boundaries.
“Needless to say, we are thrilled [by the ruling]”, says, Rana Elmir, spokeswoman for the ACLU of Michigan.
In Thursday’s ruling, written by Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, the Court states that city ordinances banning medical cannabis directly conflicts with the state’s medical cannabis act, creating a violation of Michigan’s Constitution, which explicitly separates powers of the state and its municipalities. The Court also held that it’s not impossible to comply with both federal drug laws, and Michigan’s medical cannabis law.
The ruling sets immediate precedent throughout the state, and will effectively overturn medical cannabis bans in cities such as Livonia, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Lyon Township.