Driver who uses medical marijuana wins appeal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. The Michigan Supreme Court says medical marijuana users aren't automatically breaking the law if they're caught driving after using the drug.

The court on Tuesday unanimously overturned an appeals court decision in the case of a Grand Traverse County man, Rodney Koon. He was stopped in 2010 for speeding by nearly 30 mph.

Koon admitted earlier smoking medical marijuana, and a blood test revealed the drug in his body.

It's illegal for Michigan drivers to have marijuana in their body. But the Supreme Court says medical marijuana users have some protection. The court says police must show that a driver actually was "under the influence" of marijuana for a charge to stick.

The court suggests lawmakers consider setting a marijuana limit, similar to a blood-alcohol level.


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