Medical Marijuana

In The News

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


By Michael Nichols
Categories: Drug Crimes, Medical Marijuana

On April 30, 2012, deputies for the Ingham County Sheriff’s department discovered 2.5 pounds of marijuana during a routine traffic stop.  The deputies also discovered brownies and muffins that allegedly contain marijuana.   Food combined with marijuana is commonly referred to as medibles (edible medicine) when the combination is used to treat one of the qualifying conditions under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA).  “Medibles are often preferred by medical marihuana patients because they experience longer periods of pain relief then had they smoked marihuana.  Medibles also help the patient avoid the health risks associated with smoking” says attorney Joshua M. Covert of the Nichols Law Firm.

Medibles are interesting from a legal perspective because they only contain a small percentage of marijuana in comparison to the medibles weight.  In Michigan it is not clear how these types of items should be charged. Should the charges reflect the entire weight of the medible or just the weight of marijuana in the medible?   It is important that if someone is found to be in possession of medibles that they have an attorney who is familiar with the MMMA and the relevant provisions of the public health code.

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