JACKSON, MI – Medical marijuana patients who frequent the Jackson County Compassion Club were frustrated to see a sign taped to the door Thursday stating the shop was closed until further notice.
The sign, posted Sept. 28, stated the shop at 1620 E. Michigan Ave. was closed at the request of the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team.
“I don’t know what the deal is. This place has been doing everything right as far as I could tell,” said one patient tapping on the door, befuddled to see the shop closed.
After being notified of several complaints about the shop made to the Jackson Police Department, JNET officers contacted the business owner Wednesday, Sept. 27, and told him the shop was operating illegally based on a 2013 Michigan Supreme Court ruling, said JNET Commander Det. Lt. Derrick White.
“We decided to take a less heavy-handed approach and simply asked them to shut down,” White said.
In February of 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that marijuana dispensaries that handle patient-to-patient sales are not protected under the state’s medical pot law and could be shut down if they are deemed a public nuisance.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka said he was unaware of any recent request for the club to shut down, adding he has not had any contact with its owners since 2013.
“I wrote letters to all the dispensaries in Jackson, including the Compassion Club, back in March of 2013 to inform them they were operating illegally under a recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling,” Jarzynka said. “Besides that, I’ve had no contact with them or any affiliated attorneys with them in the last four years.”
Calls made to the Jackson County Compassion Club were not returned.
The shop remains closed until further notice. The note states the club