News (AP) - Judge allows medical pot use for suspects

FERNDALE (AP) -- A local judge is allowing some defendants arrested in a series of raids to keep using state-approved medical marijuana while out on bond.

The Detroit Free Press reports the decision by Oakland County 43rd District Court Judge Joseph Longo in Ferndale last Thursday is in sharp contrast to a Waterford judge's ruling earlier in the week.

That judge, Richard Kuhn Jr., ruled that marijuana use by defendants in a parallel case would be a bond violation.

Both sets of defendants were arrested Aug. 25 in raids by the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak says the defendants face a range of charges that include illegally growing and selling marijuana.

The Detroit News reports Longo ordered the 10 defendants before him to return to court Sept. 20.

Published: Mon, Sep 6, 2010