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Michigan Court: Medical Marijuana Patients Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, November, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Using medical marijuana in the state of Michigan may cost you your job, but it won’t cost you yourunemployment benefits. So decided the Michigan Supreme Court earlier this month, when it failed to consider an appeal by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.

The decision keeps in place a 2014 appellate court ruling determining that qualified medical patients cannot be denied unemployment benefits simply for failing a workplace drug test. As long as there is “no evidence to suggest that the positive drug tests were caused by anything other than claimants' use of medical marijuana in accordance with the terms of the MMMA (Michigan Medical Marijuana Act), the denial of the benefits constitute[s] an improper penalty,” the<lower court opined.

Over 60 percent of Michigan voters decided in favor of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act in November 2008.

The ruling marks the second time that a state court has ordered that medical marijuana patients are eligible for compensation while off the job. Last year, the New Mexico Court of Appeals decided that a person’s use of medical cannabis constitutes “reasonable and necessary care” and that such care ought to be reimbursed by employers in instances where it is used to treat injuries sustained while working. Under newly proposed state rules, injured workers may be eligible to receive compensation for up to two pounds of medical cannabis over a one-year period.

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Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, November, 25th 2015 by THCFinder


Smoking pot in car not protected by marijuana law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Smoking a joint inside a car while parked in a private lot is not protected under Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act, the state Court of Appeals has determined.

The case involves a man who was smoking medical marijuana inside his car in the parking lot of Soaring Eagle Casino in August, 2013.

In a 2-to-1 ruling, the Appeals Court said even if Robert Michael Carlton was in a locked car, the fact he was in a parking lot accessible by the public constitutes a public place and is therefore illegal under Michigan's 2008 Medical Marijuana Act.

Carlton was charged with possession of marijuana after police determined he had been smoking a joint outside the casino. They were notified about 11:30 p.m. by casino security workers monitoring a closed circuit camera trained on the parking lot.

The Isabella County Prosecutor's Office charged Carlton with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, because he was smoking in a public place.

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Judge Orders New Hampshire Agency To Issue Medical Marijuana Card To Woman With Terminal Cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

Gavel marijuana miami prosecutorOn Tuesday, a Merrimack County Superior Court Judge ordered the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to issue a medical marijuana ID card to a woman with terminal cancer in order to expedite her access to medical marijuana.

Linda Horan of Alstead filed a lawsuit against DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas earlier this month, asking the agency to immediately issue her a medical marijuana ID card so that she can begin obtaining medical marijuana legally in Maine and using it without fear of arrest in New Hampshire. The lawsuit is available at

DHHS is responsible for administrating the state’s medical marijuana program, which has experienced several delays since Gov. Maggie Hassan signed it into law in July 2013. The agency began accepting applications from patients interested in participating in the program, but patients remain at risk of arrest and prosecution until they receive program ID cards. DHHS is refusing to issue ID cards until dispensaries open, which is not expected until 2016.

Horan, who suffers from stage IV lung cancer, filed an application with DHHS after receiving approval from all five of her physicians.

Statement from Horan’s attorney, Paul Twomey:

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