Court will hear arguments in medical pot dispute

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court is interested in the case of a man who was charged with crimes for giving free space to people to grow medical marijuana in Grand Rapids.

There's no guarantee the court will take Ryan Bylsma's appeal. But the justices, in an order released last Friday, say they at least will hear arguments.

Bylsma is permitted by the state to grow medical marijuana for two people. But he also allowed other caregivers and registered marijuana users to keep plants in the same locked space in a building in Grand Rapids.

Police counted 88 plants during a raid, dozens more than Bylsma was allowed to tend under the law. Kent County authorities filed charges, saying the medical marijuana law doesn't protect Bylsma.

Published: Tue, Sep 18, 2012