LANSING, Mich. -The Michigan Supreme Court hearing its the first oral arguments Thursday in a Wyoming-based medical marijuana dispute.
The case involves the city’s ordinance that imposes civil penalties for growing and using marijuana. John Ter Beek, a retired attorney and medical marijuana user, is fighting the ordinance alongside the ACLU. They claim that the ordinance is invalid under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.
In August 2012, the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned an initial ruling that sided with the city of Wyoming, saying that the city ordinance was void under the MMMA.
Thursday was only oral arguments, but a decision will be reached before the end of the court’s term on July 31. Legal experts say an opinion could come down as early as December.