Livonia's anti-marijuana law approved by judge

LIVONIA (AP) -- One of Michigan's largest cities has a judge's blessing to prohibit medical marijuana businesses.

Wayne County Judge Wendy Baxter upheld a zoning ordinance in Livonia that says no one can break federal law, including federal drug laws.

Livonia officials say they're not trying to punish people who have cards allowing them to use marijuana. Rather, they say they want to prevent marijuana growth operations. Mayor Jack Kirksey says marijuana "brings a certain criminal element."

The American Civil Liberties Union had sued the Detroit suburb on behalf of a couple who want to grow marijuana in their Livonia warehouse. Linda Lott, who has multiple sclerosis, has a medical marijuana card issued by the state.

The ACLU says it will appeal the judge's ruling, which was released last week.

Published: Tue, Aug 2, 2011