Hearing on Michigan medical marijuana files request postponed

January 12, 2011

, Associated Press

A judge has postponed a hearing to determine if the state of Michigan should cooperate with a federal subpoena seeking medical marijuana records. The delay Wednesday was due to a last-minute request to intervene by a group called the Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs.

Federal drug investigators have served a subpoena on the state seeking information on certain people with medical marijuana or marijuana caregiver cards.

The Drug Enforcement Administration won't talk about the Lansing-area probe but says it's not cracking down on medical marijuana users. The agency says it pursues large-scale drug traffickers. The state says it will comply if there is a court order.

Meanwhile Wednesday, approximately 30 protesters gathered at the state Capitol in support of the medical marijuana industry.

Upset about the subpoena, they waved banners that said such things as "DEA Go Away," "Don't Break State Law" and "The Fed Coats are Coming."

"We're here due to an unnecessary escalation of federal interference," said Robin Schneider, spokeswoman for Americans For Safe Access.

With the cold temperatures, the group convened for only about an hour.

Jessica Kowalk from the Your Healthy Choice Clinic on Michigan Avenue held a sign that said "Don't Break State Law."

"According to the actual Medical Marijuana Act, (confidentiality) is supposed to be upheld," she said, fearing that people will stay away from the pain-relieving substance because of fears of persecution.

Lansing State Journal reporter Susan Vela contributed to this report.

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