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Oakland County judge denies defendants use of medical marijuana

September 1, 2010

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Last Updated: September 01. 2010 1:00AM

Mike Martindale / The Detroit News

Waterford Township — A judge refused Tuesday to modify the bonds of 10 people arrested last week, a move that would have allowed them to use medical marijuana while they wait for their cases to proceed through the legal system.

The defendants, who appeared in 51st District Court, face felony charges that carry up to four years in prison. Most of the defendants claim they use marijuana to alleviate serious illnesses and pain, but Judge Richard Kuhn Jr. was unmoved.

“I’m going to deny the motion to modify bond,” said Kuhn, drawing groans within the packed courtroom.

Outside, a group of about 30 people gathered before the hearing to support the defendants and protest the law enforcement crackdown on medical marijuana businesses. Some wore yellow T-shirts with the words “This is Michigan Not a Cheech and Chong Movie,” a reference to remarks last week by Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

Last week, authorities raided two Waterford Township businesses and a Ferndale clinic for alleged violations of state medical marijuana law.

The medical marijuana law, approved by state voters in 2008, permits people who have obtained physician referrals and a state-issued card to legally use marijuana.

Kuhn adjourned Tuesday’s hearing until Oct. 7 and 19. The charges involve illegal manufacture, sale, possession and use of marijuana found in raids of Everybody’s Café, a restaurant on Airport Road, and Herbal Remedies, a marijuana dispensary on Williams Lake Road.

Those charged include William J. Teichman, 50, and wife, Candace, 45, owners of Everybody’s Café. William Teichman faces charges of manufacture, delivery and sale of marijuana and a firearms offense. In an interview this week, he called the raids “nothing but entrapment.”

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