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Medical Marijuana Users Protected Under Law, High Court Rules

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This April 21, 2011 photos shows marijuana growing in the home of two medical marijuana patients in Medford, Ore. Michigan's Supreme Court ruled Thursday, May 31, 2012 to protect medical marijuana users from prosecution. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
This April 21, 2011 photos shows marijuana growing in the home of two medical marijuana patients in Medford, Ore. Michigan's Supreme Court ruled Thursday, May 31, 2012 to protect medical marijuana users from prosecution. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

In a major ruling on Michigan's controversial medical marijuana act, the Michigan Supreme Court said Thursday the 2008 voter-approved law provides legal protection from prosecution, even for users who did not obtain state-issued medical marijuana cards.

In a 34-page ruling, the court said the law provides an affirmative defense to "individuals who are not registered cardholding patients to assert the affirmative defense" in any criminal prosecution involving marijuana.

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