Detroit Metro Times: Courageous judge dismisses case against Ferndale medical marijuana dispensary [View all]
Relief case relieved Courageous judge dismisses case against Ferndale dispensary
By Curt Guyette
Published: January 18, 2012
While News Hits is passing out praise for displays of judicial gumption, we'd like to give a nod to Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Daniel O'Brien, who dismissed all charges brought against the operators and employees of Clinical Relief, a medical marijuana dispensary in Ferndale that got busted in mid-2010.
When this rag took an in-depth look at where things stood as the three-year anniversary of the state's medical marijuana law was marked last year ("High stakes," Nov. 2, 2011), we focused in part on the plight of Barb Agro, a former police dispatcher in her 70s who was among those arrested when the business got raided.
Agro was an employee at the facility being run by two of her sons. As certified patients and caregivers, she and her husband, Sal, were also growing pot at their home in Lake Orion.
Sal never lived to have his day in court; the former GM worker and longtime youth sports coach died of a heart attack a week after narcotics officers wearing masks and wielding weapons conducted their raid. ..................(more)