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Study-National medical marijuana laws would save lives and a billion taxpayer dollars

In states that introduced a medical marijuana program, Medicaid prescriptions for anti-depressants, pain, anti-nausea, seizure and psychosis drugs fell   A fascinating study in Health Affairs last year by a father-dau

Colorado marijuana DUIs drop 33 percent

The number of citations for driving while under the influence of marijuana dropped by 33.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the same period last year, but the number of people using marijuana and then driving continues to be a concern for Colorado officials.   “We’re still troubled by the fact that marijuana users

Making A Federal Case Out Of Marijuana

Posted by Michael Komorn , 12 April 2017 · 792 views Our client, a medical marijuana patient registered with the State of Michigan, was out for a boat ride and some fishing on his friend’s boat. What started out as a glorious day with intentions of sun and fishing on the Detroit river later turned into federal charges of poss

Oakland County marijuana dispensary claims it was unfairly targeted by police

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. - The owner of an Oakland County medic

Stunning Drug Lab Scandal Could Overturn 23,000 Convictions

In the annals of wrongful convictions, there is nothing that comes close in size to the epic drug-lab scandal that is entering its dramatic final act in Massachusetts. About 23,000 people convicted of low-level drug crimes are expected to have their cases wiped away next month en masse, the result of a five-year court fight over the work of a ro

Rogue East Cleveland Cops Framed Dozens of Drug Suspects

In January 2013, police raided the home of a Cleveland drug dealer, saying in a search warrant that an informant had recently bought crack cocaine there. But the drug dealer had surveillance cameras that proved the officers were lying. He gave the tapes to his lawyer, who showed the FBI. The feds then worked to uncover a massive scandal of a rog

Legalized Marijuana Could Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic, Study Finds

In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows. Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana was permitted for medicinal purpos

Attorneys to appeal collective marijuana – grow case

A case alleging two Livingston County men operated a collective marijuana-grow operation is on hold while their attorneys appeal a District Court judge’s decision not to dismiss felony charges. In October, Judge Carol Sue Reader dismissed multiple manufacture marijuana counts lodged against Darryl Scott Berry, of Howell Township, and co-defend

Attorney questions the possible padlocking of medical marijuana facility

CLIO, MI - The attorney for the owner of a medical marijuana facility faced with the possibility being padlocked for a year questions why prosecutors are trying to have the business declared a nuisance.   Attorney Michael Komorn said he doesn't understand why prosecutors are trying to close the Clio Caregiver Connection

LARA-Medical Marihuana Regulation – House Bill 4209-HB4827 and HB4210-FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS   When can I apply for my license?   After December 15, 2017.   What does the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board (“the board”) do?   The Medical Marihuana Licensing Board is comprised of 5 members, appointed by the Governor (with input from the Senate Majorit

Medical Marijuana Mess (Redden Case)

43rd District Court Judge Robert Turner says it is one of the worst pieces of legislation he has ever seen.  He made that assessment of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) back in June 2009 when dismissing pot growing charges brought by the Oakland County Prosecutor against Robert Lee Redden and Torey Alison Clark. Last week, the

Court rips Michigan judge for sending man to prison for not paying

PONTIAC, Mich. - The Michigan appeals court is criticizing an

67 percent of Americans Don’t Trust Judges To Follow The Law

Michigan Judges Are A Perfect Example Why

Michigan Medical Marihuana Act Information and Financial Data 2016

Medical Marihuana Act Statistical Report with Program Information and Financial Data For Fiscal Year 2016 (Pursuant to MCL 333.26426 (i) (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) and Section 507 of Public Act 268 of 2016) December 22, 2016 (l) The amount collected from the medical marihuana program application and renewal fees aut

Oakland County medical marijuana case comes at key moment

His lawyers say he's the innocent victim of illegal search and seizure aimed at medical-marijuana users. Police and prosecutors beg to differ   Donny Barnes said he just wants to be a regular guy.   He just wants to run his small businesses scattered around Oakland County. Just wants to hang out with his family at their

Colorado’s Governor, Who Opposed Pot Legalization in 2012, Is Ready to Defend It

John Hickenlooper, who is "getting close" to concluding that legalization is better than prohibition, says he has a duty to resist federal interference.   Two years ago today, during his appearance at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Co

A Colorado county is sending students to college on the $445,000 it made from legal weed

Higher education takes on new meaning in Pueblo County, Colorado. In February, local officials announced that a first-of-its-kind scholarship program will create $475,000 in funding to help send the county's graduating high school seniors to local colleges.   A majority of the fund - about $425,000 - came from taxing legal marijuana.

What the White House doesn’t know about marijuana policy

During today’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the Trump administration’s position on marijuana enforcement. This issue has left marijuana advocates, business owners, investors, patients, and consumers wondering what the president’s true intentions are. As 28 states and DC have legalized medical marijuana and

NORML’s Deputy Director Debunks Sean Spicer’s Claims That Legalized Marijuana Promotes Opioid Abuse

In a Hill op-ed, NORML refutes claims that cannabis contributes to increased opioid consumption, uses facts and data to highlight the inverse correlation between opioid abuse and medical marijuana.   Washington, DC: On Thursday, White House Press Secretary lied to the American public when he claimed "I think that when you see something l

Higher Ground: Six Things to Consider for 2017

Michigans medical-pot fees paying for police raids, vests

When Deborah Young of Ferndale sent her $60 fee to Lansing this year to register as a medical-marijuana user, she assumed the state would use her money to review her paperwork and print her ID card. The fees are “for the operation and oversight of the Michigan medical marihuana program,” says state law — spelling marijuana with an “h,”

Medical Marijuana, Gun Ownership, and CPLs in Michigan

It is a complex and changing area of law. We know that federal law (18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3)) makes it a felony for an “unlawful user of … any controlled substance” to “possess … any firearm or ammunition.” Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, so it is a felony for a user of marijuana to possess a firearm or am

Like them or not, new laws provide framework for dispensaries, extracts

We know where marijuana law and access in Michigan is going in the short term. Two recent legal developments have laid it out. The first development is that there will be no vote on legalizing recreational use of marijuana on this year's ballot. It's been lingering on life support as MI Legalize went through various legal challe

AVVO Reviews November 2016

Professional and Effective 5.0 stars Posted by Nathan November 29, 2016 My family and I hired Michael for a Minor in Possession. He was able to retain my right to use Medicinal Marijuana while on probation and had the frequency of drug alcohol testing redused significantly. He was extremely well put together both in person and practice