UPDATE: As this graphic says, Steve was ordered last week by Judge Bowman to stop using his life-saving medicine while he’s awaiting trial, even though he has not been convicted of anything. Steve’s attorney filed a motion hoping to overturn that edict, but today (Wednesday, June 12) Judge Bowman refused to lift the ban. The judge reportedly told Steve, “If you weren’t guilty, you wouldn’t be here.” Listen to the video below and make up your own mind.
Steve and Maria Green, now living in Lansing, believed that Michigan’s medical marijuana law made it safe for them to consume their medications (she has MS and he has severe seizures from epilepsy) and also to grow marijuana as caregivers. Section 8(a) of Michigan’s law says:
The Greens filed all the appropriate paperwork and say they stayed within the law, yet each is facing a seven-year felony count in Oakland County, where they lived when they were raided by the Auburn Hills police. Fighting the charges has cost them thousands of dollars in legal fees and at least 10 trips to court so far.
Except as provided in Section 7, a patient and a patient’s primary caregiver, if any, may assert, the medical purpose for using marihuana as a defense to any prosecution involving marihuana.”
Of great concern as well is that Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Leo Bowman has been ordered Steve to stop using marijuana to control his seizures, putting him at risk of seizures that can cause brain damage. The charges also threaten Maria’s ability to make an income as a caregiver, which they sorely need to help them raise their five children.
Maria has established a Michigan chapter of the California-based organization The Human Solution, whose motto is “no one should go to jail for a plant. The organization focuses on court and prison support as well as education.