Michigan Sheriff’s Deputy Uses Medical Marijuana Card; Conceal Carry Permit to Justify Illegal Search

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Shane Yetzkevia, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

On Wednesday July 30, 2013, I was driving westbound on I-94 when I had a SUV quickly approached me from behind and turned on its red and blue lights. Having been pulled over before and told my car smells like marijuana, I sprayed air freshener to make sure it wasn’t going to be the case this time. I pulled to the side of the road in a construction zone. The officer approached my car on the passenger’s side; I rolled down the window, said, “Hi there. You’re going to want this,” and handed the officer my CPL. He asked if I had my gun with me and where it was, which I responded to with, “Yes, in my pocket.” Then, I handed the officer my license, insurance, and registration. He asked me, “Where you heading today?” and I answered, “Heading to do some shopping.” I asked, “Do you mind if I ask why you pulled me over?” to which he replied, “Your window tint.” At that point, I handed him my doctors slip for the tint. He read the slip and said, “Oh…good, you’re all set here. Let me go jot down your info, I’ll be right back, and you can be on your way.”

After a couple minutes, he returned and said, “Mr. Yetzke, so you have your medical marijuana card, correct?” to which I answered yes. He responded with, “Good, because I’m going to search your car.” That’s when I said, “No, you are not. I thought the police weren’t supposed to have access to the medical marijuana registry, and use it against patients…so, no, you do not have my permission or a reason to search my vehicle.” The officer said, “I’m the law, I have access to everything! Now, do you have any marijuana in the car?” I responded that I am a cardholder, so it is legal for me to have it. He responded, “Well, I smell marijuana and it’s illegal for you to have both the CPL and medical card, so I’m going to search you and your car!” I said, “I’m pretty sure I can have both, how else should I protect myself from someone trying to take my medicine from me? Plus, I know there isn’t any way you’re smelling anything of that nature! So, no, you can not search me or my car!” He then said that I needed to hand over my marijuana.

When I asked why, he responded with, “Are you resisting me? You need to do what you’re told or I’m going to arrest you!” I said, “Fine, here’s some weed for you,” and turned around in my seat to dig around in the backseat and get him the least amount of medicine I could, thinking he was just trying to steal it from me at this point. I handed him a small glass jar with some of my medicine in it. He took the jar, and told me that it was supposed to be in a locked box in my trunk. I informed him that I wasn’t aware of this law and asked when that started. He said it became a law in December and that I needed to get out of my car. I asked why, and he responded with, “If you don’t get out of your car, I’m going to arrest you for obstruction!” I responded, “I really don’t think I should get out of my car!” He said, “I’m the law and you need to do what I tell you or I’m going to take you in. So, get out and step to the back of your vehicle!”

Not wanting to go to jail, I got out of my car and went to the back of my car. He asked again if I was carrying my gun and where it was. I told him I was still carrying and it was in my pocket, as I’d said before. He then told me he was going to search me and my car, to which I responded, “No, you do not have my permission to search me or my car.” He said, “I need to disarm you and search you and your car.” I responded with, “I’ve told you over and over that you are not to search me or my car!” He took my gun from my pocket, said he needed to pat me down, and did so.

He asked where I work and I told him that I didn’t see how where I work or what I do for a living had anything to do with what was going on, so I didn’t feel that I should to answer that. He responded, “I’m the law, you have to answer my questions or go to jail!” I told him I am disabled and on disability. He asked what I’m on disability for and why I’m a medical marijuana patient. I respond with, “I know you’re not suppose to ask me about my medical condition or why I’m on disability.”

Once again he said, “I’m the law and you have to answer my questions…now I think we need to step back to my vehicle.” I asked why, and he told me he had a couple more questions for me and needed some more information. I said he could ask me anything he needed to right there and didn’t need me in his car to do that. He said, “I can just take you in and you can finish answering these questions from a jail cell, or you can answer them in my car.”

“Fine, I don’t really want to go to jail today,” I said. We went to the back door of his SUV and he opened the door and told me to get in. As I went to get in the vehicle, I noticed a dog and said, “I can’t get in there, I’m very allergic to dogs! My hands and feet swell and my air passages close!”

He responded, “You’ll be okay, I’ll roll your window down,” and pushed me into the backseat and shut the door. The officer then got into the front seat of the vehicle, rolled down my window, and started asking me more questions. I told him I couldn’t hear what he was saying, so he rolled the window back up and asked what my phone number was. I told him my phone number and informed him that I was already starting to itch from being near the dog. “You’ll be okay! Now. I’m going to search your car,” the officer said. I again told him that I did not consent. He told me, “I’m going to take the dog and search your car and if the dog ‘hits’ on the car I’m going to search it.”

“You already know I’m a card holder and there’s been marijuana in the car, so of course the dog is going to alert on it,” I replied.

“I don’t have to abide by that law, the people voted that in, not me and I don’t believe it should even be on the books…I’m the law and I didn’t vote for it, so I enforce it as I see fit,” the officer said. He asked me if there was marijuana in the car and I responded that there shouldn’t be anywhere close to more than I’m allowed. He got out, got his dog out of the back of his vehicle, walked the dog to the back passenger-side fender of my car, said something to the dog, and tapped the car fender. The dog jumped up where the officer tapped the car, then jumped back down. The officer returned the dog to the back of his vehicle and informed me the dog alerted on my vehicle and he was going to search it. At that point, I asked him to please get me out of his vehicle or at least roll the window back down because I was having a reaction to his dog. “You’ll be okay, he said.”

At this time, I saw two Bridgeman police officers arrive, talk to the officer that pulled me over, and then watch as the officer began to search my car. I asked the officers to get me medical attention, because I was having breathing difficulties. They turned and looked at me, then at each other, laughed, and walked away. Shortly after that, the officer that was searching my vehicle came back to the passenger side of his vehicle and informed me he found two hits of LSD in my center console and more marijuana in my car. I informed him the LSD was not mine, there was no chance it was ever in my car, and I that needed to get out of his vehicle because I was having breathing issues. Once again, he told me that I would be fine. He went around to the driver’s side of his vehicle, got his phone, made a call, then had a laugh with the two other officers before they left. The officer got back into the driver’s seat of his vehicle. I told him I couldn’t breath; he said to take deep breaths, not short ones and I would be fine. He also said he was giving me a ticket for “improper transportation of medical marijuana with the possession of LSD as a side note.” He got out of the vehicle to let me out of the back seat.

After getting out of his vehicle, I was light-headed and wobbly, and needed to catch myself on his vehicle. He said, “You need to get back to your car now!” I told him I was trying to get my balance and catch my breath to which he responded, “You can catch your breath at your car.” I proceeded to stumble my way to the back of my car, use my emergency inhaler, then vomit a couple times. He asked why I didn’t use my emergency inhaler in the back of his vehicle and I told him it probably was not a good idea to open my air passages in an area that’s filled with something that I’m allergic to, causing me breath in even more of the dog dander. He asked if he needed to call an ambulance for me, and I asked, “Why, so you can have my car impounded while I’m in the hospital? I’ll risk driving there myself, thanks!”

He then said, “Well then, you need to get in your car and be on your way!” I asked about getting my gun back. He responded that no, he was not going to give it back and told me I could call him next week so he could get it back to me. I said, “I don’t believe you can just take my gun like that!” He responded, “I can do whatever I want, I am the law!” I asked, “Shouldn’t I at least get a receipt for it?” to which he said, “We know I have it and that’s good enough.”

“How am I to contact you? Do you at least have a card so I know who to contact?” He said, “Hold on, I’ll see what I have,” went to his vehicle, and returned with a piece of paper. “I don’t have any cards, but here’s my name and a number you can reach me at. Now get in your car and leave!” I got into my car and chewed three allergy tablets to counteract the allergic reaction I was still having and left.

After all that, when I went to court the video from the officer’s vehicle wasn’t available due to “malfunctioning equipment” for the months of July and August! Needless to say, after thousands of dollars in lawyer fees and multiple trips to court, I had to take a plea or spend a minimum of two years, maximum of 10 years in jail because of the evidence that the officer both added and the evidence he destroyed! The county I live in took away my CPL before I even went to court, after the officer in the case contacted them. I will probably never be able to get it back again!

– Shane Yetzke

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  1. Hank_Thoreau November 1, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    For the record, I believe you, but about 1/3 of the posters here (the worthless bootlickers)are going to spend the next 8 hours or son calling you a liar and a pothead, with some remarks about you being a leech. Ignore them, they’re pathetic sheep and not worth your concern.

    In the future, just pick one, the gun or the medicine, don’t carry both. Cops detest anyone for having either of those things, and both makes them go more psychotic than usual. Is it right? No, but it’s better than dealing with cop bullshit.

    If you ever get stopped again, record it. MI law is a bit vague on wiretapping (it’s all party consent state, but the word in the statutory term “eavesdrop” is defined as listening in on a conversation you aren’t a party to). To be safe, say you’re recording upfront (use a backup just in case).

    Good luck.

  2. RadicalDude November 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Ya, seems weird that he would find some LSD and automatically know exactly what it was. I doubt it was labeled “LSD”. Maybe he knew what it was because he put it there. People should stop cooperating with these criminals.

  3. t November 1, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Hank: Wow. How reasonable you aren’t

    I’ll go it’s about 80% true. I’m sure he was pulled over for the tint. I’m sure he had the gun and the dope. (BTW…..care to take a guess as to why he had “air freshener” so readily at hand? Or why he has been told his that his car smells like marijunana?) He probably vomited and needed his inhaler and the officer may have ignored his demand for EMS as he stood there talking to them….complaining that he couldn’t breath….while breathing.

    All the Judge Dredd “I am the law” is most certainly made up. As is the plantin of LSD (why would he?) and then not even charging you?? Makes no sense. (As a “side note”. I mm, right).

    I like the part where you lost the right to carry concealed as you are openly a user of your “medicine” and should t have a gun to protect “you medicine. After all, who would know you have it? It’s just medicine after all right?

  4. KAZ November 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Well unfortunately you got duped into cooperating with this cop. He lied to you about taking you to jail and all that other BS because he wanted you to give in to his demands. He was using intimidation tactics and it worked on you.

    Next time start recording immediately and let the cop know you are recording. If he starts demanding you to give up your rights you simply say no lock your doors crack your window and request a supervisor immediately.

    —-take away all police immunity for a safer America—-

  5. Shawn November 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm #


    I’m not buying much of this myself, but in answer to,
    ” As is the plantin of LSD (why would he?)”

    I respond to pointing to NYC NARCs that got busted.

  6. t November 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Shawn: But why when there is already the drug / gun violations….and then not charge the felony for the LSD? Makes no sense.

  7. steve November 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    This week i captured 14 dope dealers and 27 kilos of heroin.I believe this dude could very well be truthful as to how the officer treated him.

  8. Shawn November 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm #


    No, it makes no sense to you. Or to me for that matter. I learned a long time ago that some people operate on their own version of logic, and that assumes that logic had anything to do with their decision making process.

    Personally I think this story is BS. Note that the “I am the LAW!” sounds just like new troll and his comments.

  9. certain November 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    @Shawn –

    Same with me. Around the 37th “I’m the law” and I started wondering.

  10. John Q Public November 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Rule 333.121 Confidentiality.
    Rule 21. (1) Except as provided in subrules (2) and (3) of this rule, Michigan medical marihuana program information shall be confidential and not subject to disclosure in any form or manner. Program information includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
    (a) Applications and supporting information submitted by qualifying patients.
    (b) Information related to a qualifying patient’s primary caregiver.
    (c) Names and other identifying information of registry identification cardholders.
    (d) Names and other identifying information of pending applicants and their primary caregivers.
    (2) Names and other identifying information made confidential under subrule (1) of this rule may only be accessed or released to authorized employees of the department as necessary to perform official duties of the department pursuant to the act, including the production of any reports of non-identifying aggregate data or statistics.
    (3) The department shall verify upon a request by law enforcement personnel whether a registry identification card is valid, without disclosing more information than is reasonably necessary to verify the authenticity of the registry identification card.
    (4) The department may release information to other persons only upon
    receipt of a properly executed release of information signed by all individuals with legal authority to waive confidentiality regarding that information, whether a registered qualifying patient, a qualifying patient’s parent or legal guardian, or a qualifying patient’s registered primary caregiver. The release of information shall specify what information the department is authorized to release and to whom.
    (5) Violation of these confidentiality rules may subject an individual to the penalties provided for under section 6(h)(4) of the act.


  11. blazzin12 November 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    behold a pale horse…. and t and common are the poop picker uppers

  12. JohnHenryHill November 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Isn’t it about time to think about leaving the U.S. for good???

    What are you waiting for? The trip in the cattle car to the FEMA camp and its gas chambers?

    The Germans in Nazi Germany also thought that “it could not happen here”. But it DID !!!

    John-Henry Hill, M.D., Ph.D.
    (former American now living in Scotland and Switzerland)

  13. t November 3, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Hill: bye.

  14. RadicalDude November 3, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    America is a police state. Or, if not an all-out police state, then its principal saving graces are the relative high degree of free speech and voter’s rights compared to somewhere like cold war era east Germany. Aside from that, it has every other feature of a fascist police state.

  15. Common Sense November 3, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    FEMA camps and gas chambers….

    …what a clown.

  16. John Q Public November 3, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    RD, since you missed it, here you go, from your favorite source:


    Once again, you’re not even close.

  17. t November 4, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    JQP: It’s just a buzz word to him and the others here. They have no understanding of it at all

  18. RadicalDude November 4, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    From the article:
    Features of a police state include:
    arrest or punishment of citizens for expressing their beliefs or opinions, especially for criticism of the regime or its leaders (criminalization of dissent)[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
    blacklisting of dissidents[15][16][17]
    arrest or punishment of citizens for organizing political or civic groups[18][19][20][21][22]
    disruption or intimidation of opposition groups[23][24][25][26][27]
    assassinations of political opponents[28][29]
    smear campaigns or blackmail of political opponents[30][31][32][33]
    police brutality or toleration of police brutality[34][35][36][37][38][39][40]
    extrajudicial punishments (punishments not imposed by a court of law)[41][42][43]
    “kangaroo” courts which do not observe legal norms[44][45][46]
    fabricating evidence against targeted individuals and charging them with crimes they did not commit[47][48]
    militarization of the police or martial law[49][50][51][52][53]
    harsh punishment (executions, torture, long prison terms, huge fines, solitary confinement, or other mistreatment of prisoners)[54][55][56][57][58][59][60]
    harsh interrogations (beatings, torture, injury, threats against family members, etc.)[61][62][63][64][65]
    secret detentions (disappearances) or detention of prisoners at secret locations[66][67][68]
    lack of accountability for violations of the laws or constitution by government employees[69][70][71][72]
    creating or exaggerating a state of crisis to justify restrictions on citizens[73][74][75][76]
    secretly monitoring the activities or communications of citizens or groups who are not engaged in criminal activity[77][78][79][80][81][82][83][84][85][86]
    repression against political parties, civic groups or classes of targeted people[87][88][89][90][91][92][93]
    random or mass searches, seizures, roadblocks or questioning[94][95][96][97]
    requiring citizens to carry internal passports or national identification cards[98][99]
    censorship of the mass media and use of the media for government propaganda[100][101][102][103][104][105]
    breaking up non-violent public demonstrations or arresting the participants[106][107]
    government secrecy or government lying about its activities[108]
    restricting citizens freedom of movement within or in and out of the country[109]
    monitoring the movements or financial transactions of citizens without probable cause[110]
    mass confiscation of personal property[111][112]
    no elections or undemocratic elections

  19. RadicalDude November 4, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Pretty much almost all of that happens or has happened in America. Most of it it can be evidenced right here on CopBlock. America meets almost all the criteria of a police state.

  20. John Q Public November 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    RD is just reaching. Did you see the nicely colored maps provided on the wiki page? The US is very low in the police state issue. Your perception is way off. Keep on drinking the koolaid though.

  21. RadicalDude November 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    requiring citizens to carry internal passports or national identification cards[98][99]

    no elections or undemocratic elections

    ^^^Aside from these two items, all the items in the list of the features of a police state in the wiki article have happened in the USA. You can pretend and deny if you want, but the facts are the facts. America is a police state or at least a borderline case.

  22. t November 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    RD: If you haven’t figured it out yet…I’ll ‘splain. JQP is calling you out….right to you….citing your favorite info source…. Wiki. And Wiki doesn’t agree with you. How can you ‘splain that?

  23. John Q Public November 6, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    Gold star for t! RD is so clueless its hilarious. I guess he’s the only one who is allowed to use wiki. Haha

  24. these_colors_dont_run November 6, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Loving the clouds of delusional denial. Whether or not this story is fabricated stranger things have occurred, and will occur. Stay tuned for more from channel GOVT.

  25. InalienableWrightsi January 21, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    “..After a couple minutes he returned and said, “Mr. Yetzke, so you have your medical marijuana card, correct?” to which I answered yes. He responded with, “Good, because I’m going to search your car.” That’s when I said, “No, you are not. I thought the police weren’t supposed to have access to the medical marijuana registry, and use it against patients…”

    Of course they are going to have access to it you fuking dumb ass, as that is what they are going to use as a back door gun grab. Pay attention to what is going on!

  26. InalienableWrightsi January 21, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    “Legalization” is just horse shit. and a diversion from the fact that they are converting a right into a permission. Wake up you “useful idiots”.

  27. R Frank June 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Berrien County Cops SUCK ASS. They are the most militaristic bunch of jagoff creeps around..period. Everyone who lives there understands this..hard to go anywhere in Berrien County without being pulled over by cops the cops there who are just fishing for anything they find..

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