Court sends medical marijuana case back to judge

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has told a Grand Rapids judge to take another look at a medical-marijuana case involving a man who gave people free space to grow their pot.

Ryan Bylsma was charged with drug crimes when police counted 88 plants during a raid at a Grand Rapids building. The Supreme Court unanimously said Wednesday that Bylsma should be allowed to raise certain defenses under the 2008 medical-marijuana law.

Bylsma is a state-approved caregiver who was growing marijuana for two people. But he also allowed other caregivers and marijuana users to keep plants in the same locked space. Defense attorney Bruce Alan Block says Bylsma was being generous.

But Kent County authorities say the arrangement was illegal.

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