Owners of medical marijuana collectives decided not to wait for the police to knock on their doors following last weeks court decision that, for now, puts an end to legal patient-to-patient sales of pot.
Were just telling (our customers) that due to the recent government ruling, weve been advised by our attorney not to be transferring medicine period, said Steve Ezell, an employee at the Collective, a marijuana shop on State Street in TC.
Pot shops across the state are in jeopardy after the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 24 in favor of prosecutors in an Isabella County case and said the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act does not legalize the sale of marijuana for profit.
TC Police said they would look into the business practices at marijuana shops, but before they could, shops across town apparently closed.
That put around a dozen employees at the Collective out of work and left around 1,500 members who have a doctors prescription to use marijuana without a source for the drug.
The court ruling determined that the businesses are public nuisances and violate the state public health code, which is meant to protect citizens from hazards.
Ezell said he didnt think the business he worked at ever posed a threat to the public. It opened last November.
Youll have to check with the Traverse City police, but Im confident that theres been zero incidents involving the Collective, Ezell said.