On January 29, 2013 the Michigan Court of Appeals correctly decided that a registered medical marijuana patient may lawfully give marijuana to another registered patient as long as it’s not a “sale” meaning uncompensated. In the case of the People of the State of Michigan v. Tony Green the Defendant, Mr. Green, a registered medical marijuana card holding patient, transferred an amount of marijuana to another patient, who applied for the card but had not received it yet. The amount was under the lawful amount of 2.5 ounces that a registered patient is permitted to possess under the MMMA. The trial court ruled that the transfer of the marijuana between two patients constituted protected medical use under the MMMA stating that medical use includes the transfer to another patient. The trial court stated further that a transfer under these circumstances could have occurred for the purpose of assisting in the use of marijuana to alleviate patient pain. Most importantly the Court stated the transfer does not have to be between a patient and a caregiver as the prosecution has been arguing in many cases. The Court of Appeals agreed stating because the transfers were not for money; it was not a sale as prohibited by an earlier case, People v. McQueen that improperly ruled a sale is not included in the statutory definition of medical marijuana use. This case is a very important decision not only for a defense in forthcoming marijuana prosecutions but for the overall positive Michigan Medical Marijuana jurisprudence in the future.
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By Barton Morris