Posted on 01 April 2009 by Jim Walrod
Police in Madison Heights, Michigan find that making a pot bust, since voters approved a medical marijuana initiative can be confusing.
Madison Heights police seized 21 marijuana plants that the homeowner said he believed were legal under the state’s medical marijuana law.
But at this point, police can’t say whether the plants were legal or if the man was over the limit.
“We don’t know what the rules are,” Madison Heights Police Chief Kevin Sagan said. “This is a new situation for all of us.”
Answers could come by the end of this week from the Michigan Department of Community Health, which has been hammering out rules for the medical marijuana law since it went into effect Dec. 4. The department is required by the state to launch a medical marijuana program by Saturday.
Michigan patient advocates said they believe this seizure is the first significant event to test the law’s limits.
Robert Redden, the 59-year¬old whose home was raided, said police took 21 marijuana plants, money and a notebook of contacts.
Police confirmed the raid Tuesday but provided no details.
It is possible that no charges will be filed against Redden, who said he has the requisite doctor’s recommendation to use marijuana to ease the pain of hip arthritis.