MUNISING, Mich. – A prosecutor’s inflammatory remarks about medical marijuana have cost her a conviction in the Upper Peninsula.
The Michigan appeals court says Paul Heminger apparently was growing more marijuana than allowed under law, but the verdict last year was spoiled by the closing argument of the Alger County prosecutor.
The court says Karen Bahrman embarked on a “personal diatribe” to discredit the medical marijuana law. She told jurors that a local pro-marijuana group wants a “country where everybody can walk around stoned.”
In a 3-0 decision Friday, the appeals court cited many other comments and said the prosecutor’s argument was “thoroughly improper.”
Bahrman didn’t return a message seeking comment. Heminger was sentenced to six months in jail.
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