On Dec. 20, 2016, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s medical marijuana act takes precedent over a law that restricts how patients can transport medical marijuana. The ruling is the result of a 2014 case where medical marijuana patient Callen Latz was arrested for improperly transporting marijuana.
Under the 2012 law, patients transporting medical marijuana must have the substance “enclosed in a case that is carried in the trunk of the vehicle.” Failure to do so results in a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a $500 fine or 93 days in jail.
In the 2-1 decision, the justices cited a provision in the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act which states that laws inconsistent with the act do not apply.
“Because MCL 750.474 is not part of the MMMA, defendant, as a compliant medical marijuana patient, cannot be prosecuted for violating it,” the justices wrote.
According to FOX 17, Latz is now working on putting together a class action lawsuit for those affected by the now overturned transport law and is encouraging interested parties to contact to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.