Michigan medical marijuana caregiver’s conviction upheld in appeals court

A Michigan appeals panel upheld a lower court’s conviction of 47-year-old medical marijuana caregiver Alenna Marie Rocafort. In September of 2012, police raided a house next to Rocafort’s Kentwood home that she was using for her medical marijuana caregiver operation and seized 5.6 pounds of marijuana. The amount of marijuana seized, the courts found, exceeded the amount of usable marijuana she was legally allowed to possess for her medical marijuana patients. Rocafort argued that the marijuana was not usable because it was in the drying process, but the courts disagreed, even though she intended to use the dried plants to make hash oil.

Michigan state law allows caregivers the right to grow and possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana per patient, according to court documents. No one disputes that Rocafort was a registered caregiver under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, but the defendant would have only been permitted to have 15 ounces of usable marijuana total for herself and five patients.

“There is no dispute that defendant was a caregiver under the (Michigan Medical Marihuana Act) and that she was registered to provide marijuana to five patients,” the appeals panel said. “The trial court stated that the sole issue with regard to defendant’s motion (to dismiss) was the fact that she had 5.6 pounds of harvested marijuana, which, if that marijuana were usable, exceeded the amount of usable marijuana defendant was allowed to have…”

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2707396/michigan-medical-marijuana-caregivers-conviction-upheld-in-appeals-court/#Cad9oO41iPGWp2vh.99

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