Monthly Archives: January 2016

Felony synthetic THC charge tossed in Michigan man’s battle with crime lab

GRAND HAVEN, MI -- A judge has sided with a Spring Lake man in his battle to get a felony marijuana charge dismissed, a case that hinged on controversial state police testing methods.   Read more

Judge dismissed felony charge against medical marijuana patient Max Lorincz

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. – After 16 months of a criminal and family court battle, an Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge dismissed wrongful felony charges against a Spring Lake father and card-carrying medical marijuana patient for having “synthetic THC.”   Friday Max Lorincz was in court for multiple hearings regarding his criminal case

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Letter – From A Chicago Doctor Regarding Painkillers

Marijuana could help end America's painkiller problem

I have been a practicing physician in the Chicago land area for more than 30 years with a specialty in pain medicine. A recent report from the 

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Southfield attorneys accuse MSP Crime Lab of negligence and incompetence

Two local attorneys have filed a formal complaint against the Michigan State Police Crime Lab, suggesting the agency should be made into an independent entity, but state officials have refuted the accusations of negligence and incompetence.   Southfield-based attorneys Neil Rockind and Michael

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Forensic scientists blast State Police crime lab THC policy as man fights to get son back

Maxwell Lorincz lives in Spring Lake near Lake Michigan with his wife and their six-year-old son. At least, they did live with their son, until a year and a half ago.   They lost custody of him after Lorincz was charged with a felony for possessing synthetic THC. He’s a card-carrying medical marijuana patient. But that hasn’t helped

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People v Redden & Clark – MI Medical Marijuana hearing – February 20 2013

During this February 20, 2013 hearing, Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor Beth Hand notified the court that her office is contemplating filing criminal charges against a medical doctor for his involvement in certifying two medical marijuana patients, Robert Redden and Torey Clark. The protracted case against Redden and Clark was initially dismi

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When Science Becomes a Puppet For Police

by Rick Thompson / January 8, 2016

The watchers watch themselves

Misreporting test results, collusion with prosecutors to turn misdemeanors into felonies.   LANSING – Formal complaints have been filed in federal court against the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory by criminal d

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Crime Lab and Forensic Scandals

Just some of the known...

 
20150305 - Prosecutors criticize D.C. crime lab’s handling of some DNA evidence
Prosecutors criticize D.C. crime la

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Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction

What?!?!....Really?!?!   Article by Radley Balko  in the Huffington Post Radley.Balko@huffingtonpost.com   Read more

Private Crime Labs Could Prevent Errors, Analyst Bias

The Detroit Free Press made an astonishing discovery last month. The city's former crime lab had been abandoned. As the paper reported, "Thousands of rounds of live ammunition, sealed evidence

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2016 Will Be Marijuana’s Big Year

2015 was a pretty amazing year for progress in the legalization of marijuana.   Four states and the District of Columbia legalized recreational marijuana, many states decriminalized it and several more states approved medical marijuana. But for all the advances made in 2015, the year was just a run up to 2016, when the presidential elect

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LARA-Excluding Autism As Condition for Medical Marijuana

Zimmer: Decision Excluding Autism As Condition `Straightforward,' `Difficult'

The move not to add autism as a condition treated with medical marijuana was straightforward, but still difficult, the state official in charge of such decisions said.   As director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)

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