TRAVERSE CITY — Local law enforcement officers served cease and desist notices at eight Grand Traverse County medical marijuana dispensaries.
A notice signed by county Prosecutor Bob Cooney states two court decisions made it clear the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act “does not permit dispensaries or collectives.” It states the decisions also do not permit transfers or sales between patients.
The dispensaries did not follow those decisions, according to the notice.
“Consequently, you are hereby notified to comply with the law, and cease and desist immediately the dispensing of marihuana, and/or allowing patients to transfer marihuana to each other on your premises,” the notices to the local dispensaries states.
Traverse Narcotics Team detectives and other local law enforcement officers served the notices Wednesday after authorities searched the facilities and deemed them non-compliant.
The notice also states prosecutors will file civil action if the dispensaries’ owners do not stop, and will request judges to declare the businesses a nuisance. Prosecutors also will consider pursuing criminal charges.
The law enforcement action comes before a new law allowing such dispensaries, with municipalities’ approval, takes effect in December.