Supreme Court: Med. Marijuana Dispensaries Not Legal.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The Michigan Supreme Court rules marijuana dispensaries are not permitted by the 2008 voter approved medical marijuana mandate.

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, marijuana is weighed and packaged for sale at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

DETROIT (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court says users of medical marijuana can't buy it at pot shops.
The 4-1 decision Friday is the most significant court ruling since voters approved marijuana for certain illnesses in 2008. It means the state's 126,000 approved users must grow their own pot or have a state-licensed caregiver grow it for them.
The state appeals court declared dispensaries illegal in 2011, but enforcement has depended on the attitudes of local authorities. Some communities took a hands-off approach while waiting for the Supreme Court to make the ultimate decision.
The case involves a Mount Pleasant dispensary that allowed medical-marijuana users to sell pot to each other. Owners took as much as a 20 percent cut of each sale. Isabella County shut it down as a public nuisance.

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