On August 23, 2011, a Michigan court of appeals ruled that medical marijuana could not be sold at private dispensaries. The defendant in the case was a privately owned medical marijuana dispensary that facilitated patient-to-patient transfer of marijuana to patients and stored excess marijuana. US courts have struggled to to interpret medical marijuana statutes in recent years. Several states have passed laws relating to medical marijuana, and the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that there is no conflict with the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.
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