MICHIGAN: The evidence seemed solid in a marijuana case, but a “personal diatribe” against Michigan’s medical marijuana law by an Upper Peninsula prosecutor spoiled the conviction, the state appeals court said.
In a 3-0 decision, the court granted a new trial to Paul Heminger, who was convicted of growing nearly two dozen pot plants in Alger County.
During her closing argument, Alger County prosecutor Karen Bahrman criticized the medical marijuana law and attacked the credibility of a local group, the Alger Hemp Coalition, which she said has a “vision for the country where everybody can walk around stoned.”
“They do nothing to support the government services they want, and have nothing but criticism for the government services they don’t want,” Bahrman told the jury. “We’re trespassers and tramplers of their rights right up until they need us to protect them from the violence that they attract to the community.”