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Cannabis Legal Group files lawsuit to overturn pot convictions

Posted: 12:54 PM, Dec 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-05 22:23:56-05

A Royal Oak marijuana legal group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the Wayne County Sheriff's Department to overturn pot crimes. 

According to the Cannabis Legal Group, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Detroit resident Chrystal Sisson, who on July 16, was ticketed and arrested for having $10 worth of marijuana.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office then seized Sisson's vehicle under forfeiture, and she was forced to pay $1,200 to get her car back, according to the group.

Barton Morris of the Cannabis Legal Group says Sisson's civil rights were violated since the city of Detroit had previously decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Morton also cites the U.S. Constitution's Eight Amendment, arguing "cruel and unusual punishments" were inflicted upon Chrystal Sisson. 

The lawsuit was filed in the United States Federal Court. Sisson's case is still pending in the 36th District Court. 

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office responded with the statement below: 

“At this time, no summons has been issued and no one has been served with this lawsuit in Wayne County. Therefore, we will not be providing a comment as we do not know enough about this case.”

See the full lawsuit below: 

Pot convictions lawsuit by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd