A Michigan man who illegally shared space in his medical pot grow has been fined $500. (Craig F. Walker, Denver Post file)

It took 6 years: Michigan man fined $500 for sharing medical pot space

Approved to grow medical marijuana, the man gave free space to others illegally; now he just wants to 'get on with my life'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A western Michigan man approved by the state to grow marijuana for medical purposes has been fined $500 for giving free space to others to raise their own medical pot.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the sentenced issued Wednesday for Ryan Bylsma’s misdemeanor convictions ends a legal saga begun with his 2010 arrest. He was charged when Grand Rapids police counted 88 plants during a raid on a commercial building, dozens more than Bylsma was allowed to tend under the 2008 law.

The Michigan Supreme Court in 2012 agreed the arrangement was illegal. Still, it sent the case back to Kent County to allow Bylsma to offer another defense not previously argued.

Bylsma says he wanted to help people with pain through medical pot, and adds he wants to “get on with my life.”

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press