Med. marijuana decision causing problems

Updated: Thursday, February 14 2013, 07:32 PM EST
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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Just last week, the State Supreme Court ruled it illegal to sell medical marijuana in a shop.

Shortly afterward, the State Attorney General gave prosecutors the green light to shut dispensaries down across the state.

The move has, unfortunately, left many patients in a bind.

A few years ago, Joe Brown suffered a prostate issue and a heart attack.

"Conventional medicine had brought me back to a drug addiction I had been previously sober from for 10 whole years," Brown recalled.

That's when the conservative Christian turned to something less conventional.

He says raw cannabis juice helped him get better without getting high, because you have to heat the plant to convert HCA into the high-producing THC.

Brown runs a non-profit called Compassion Club that connects cancer patients with caregivers.

After last week's Supreme Court ruling, though, his network has room for only a few more users.

"What's new is, you cannot share it; if I didn't have juice for a week or two months because I was waiting on a crop to finish up, I used to be able to call another caregiver or go into a shop," Brown said.

His caregivers used to provide the weed for free, profiting by selling excess to dispensaries.

Now that those are illegal, they charge patients $1,500 a month.

"We're going to have a huge lapse," said Brown. "You got no safe access point, you got not enough qualified caregivers, and you have hundreds of thousands of people who need the medicine."
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