Marijuana advocates are up in arms about a recent raid of a smoking club for registered medical-pot users in Williamston. According to the Lansing State Journal, officers from a narcotics squad burst into the Green Leaf Smokers Club with guns drawn. A registered user who was there said smokers were forced to the ground and were eventually allowed to leave after presenting state-issued medical marijuana cards. Authorities filed felony and misdemeanor drug charges against Frederick Wayne Dagit, 60, who operates the club.
Advocates claim it’s the first such raid on a smokers club since Michigan legalized medical marijuana, and the legal fallout could be a test case in a state where some of the legal issues remain — to use the adjective most commonly employed in pot stories — hazy.
Just last month, Drug Enforcement Agency officers in Saginaw County raided the home of a registered grower and destroyed property. Earlier this month, police raided a medical marijuana facility in Holland owned by two patients. In February, a Kalamazoo woman was cleared of charges in what is believed to be the first medical-pot ruling in that county.
Smoking clubs are yet another gray area. The club was private and no marijuana was sold there. The Green Leaf had been open less than a month and had been the subject of controversy, and an investigation, since day one. Since state law neither explicitly forbids nor permits smoking clubs for medical marijuana patients, this qualifies as another example of a relatively new state law being reconciled with federal and local enforcement.
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