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Michigan’s war on pot

I was at a meeting of the Detroit City Planning Commission when a proposed dispensary law was being discussed. One commissioner, clearly an opponent of marijuana stores, asked, "If we pass this, can we start closing these places tomorrow?" Donald Bailey, a member of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board that is tasked with setti

Medical marijuana caregiver sues in federal court after police raid his home

GRAND RAPIDS — A medical marijuana caregiver has filed a federal lawsuit after police raided his St. Joseph County home last year. Police arrested Sean Muntian and his wife, April Armstrong, after raids at their Three Rivers home and business, Triple Ripple Hydroponics. Police seized marijuana and grow equipment, and prompted an investigation

Charges reinstated in medical marijuana case

KIMBALL TOWNSHIP, MI (AP) - The Michigan appeals court again has reversed a decision and reinstated charges against a man who was accused of running illegal medical marijuana dispensaries in the state's Thumb region. The court says James Amsdill knew the legality of marijuana sales was unclear and was also aware that state police didn't view


July 2017 Marijuana Impaired Driving Report to Congress Click here to read the report

Michigan Supreme Court overturns decision in case it heard at Detroit’s Cass Tech

The Michigan Supreme Court has reversed a state appeals court decision, issuing a ruling Wednesday that a single photo identification of a man suspected of robbing and shooting another man at gunpoint in Detroit wasn't sufficient.   It's a case that was argued last week before hundreds of students at Cass Tech High School in Detroit, as

Medical marijuana super grows would be snuffed out under bill

LANSING, MI - The legislature is considering a bill that would limit medical marijuana growing licenses to 1,500 plants per location, something that's the exact opposite of what the Department of Licensing and 

The More You Know-Top 5 Predatory Practices in California Cannabis

POSTED IN BUSINESS BASICS, CALIFORNIA, LICENSING   With temporary licensing on the horizon, California’s cannabis industry is obvio

Michigan local governments take note – Rules emerge for medical marijuana facilities

With rules forthcoming from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Michigan State University Extension is offering training for local government on next steps in local regulation of medical marijuana facilities.   On September 21, 2016, Governor Snyder signed three new laws that clarify and add to the state’s voter-approve

Marijuana’s Pay-To-Play Licensing Trend

Setting up ridiculously difficult requirements for licensing eligibility prioritizes the high profits of a few over industry efficiency, true competition, and patient/consumer rights.   State-sanctioned medical marijuana operational licenses are increasingly becoming a “pay-to-play, greatest barrier to entry” model. In this sort of s

Study Explains Why Hemp and Marijuana are Different

Genetic differences between hemp and marijuana determine whether Cannabis plants have the potential for psychoactivity, a new study by University of Minnesota scientists shows. "Given the diversity of cultivated forms of Cannabis, we wanted to identify the genes responsible for differences in drug content," says U of M plant biologist George Wei

GlaxoSmithKline to Plead Guilty and Pay $3 Billion to Resolve Fraud

Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in U.S. History Department of Justice - Office of Public Affairs Monday, July 2, 2012 Global health care giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) agreed to plead guilty and to pay $3 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful

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 Marihuana Business Development Legal Assistance

On September 14, 2016, the Michigan Legislature succeeded in passing several medical marihuana dispensary legislation acts. The acts were signed by Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder on September 22,  2016 Komorn Law can assist you with clarification and utilization of these new regulations and protections.   To learn


The implied license to approach a home and conduct a "knock and talk" is time sensitive and the police violated the Fourth Amendment when they trespassed on the defendants’ property in the predawn hours with the intent to gather information In

Public Health Code amended to eliminate forfeiture bond requirements

FORFEITURE Public Health Code amended to eliminate forfeiture bond requirements Public Act 418 of 2016 amended MCL 333.7523(1)(c) of the Public Health Code to eliminate the requirement that a person post a cash bond in order to file a written claim expressing an interest in propert

Novi judge provided falsified documents, Oakland prosecutor says

Novi Judge Brian MacKenzie has provided "falsified" court documents to prosecutors to hide his practice of improperly handling domestic violence cases, according to a new filing by Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper. And in some cases, he has kept defendants on probation beyond the two years allowed by law, Cooper claims. Cooper made the a

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

The House Just Stripped Medical Marijuana States Of Protection From The DEA

States that have legalized medical marijuana could soon get an unwanted visit from the DEA. Yesterday, Congress stunned the cannabis industry by rejecting the only legal protection preventing Attorney General Jeff "

Federal Medical Marijuana Prisoners and Cases Federal prisoner Ricardo Montes is on Obama’s clemency list and will be released in May 2017. Unfortunately, and inexplicably, hi

Komorn Law – Victory in Genesee County

Komorn Law PLLC is proud to report a ruling today from the Genesee County Circuit Court.  


MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIHUANA ACT Initiated Law 1 of 2008 AN INITIATION of Legislation to allow under state law the medical use of marihuana; to provide protections for the medical use of marihuana; to provide for a system of registry identification cards for qualifyi

Mistrial in Oakland drug case leads to scrutiny

Pontiac — The state agency that oversees Michigan’s courts plans to investigate how local officials handle search warrants after paperwork came up missing in the case of an accused Oakland County drug dealer. Christopher Khalil Dukes, 34, of Rochester Hills, was granted a mistrial this spring on a charge of possession with intent to

Drug case in jeopardy over warrant issues

Pontiac— A mistrial was declared in the case of an accused Rochester Hills drug dealer this month after it was disclosed his defense attorney never received pretrial information about a mobile tracking device placed on his client’s vehicle by investigators. Christopher Khalil Dukes, 34, is charged in Oakland Circuit Court with posse

Official blew money for poor on booze, family

Detroit — The former head of the St. Clair Housing Commission embezzled more than $336,000 in low-income housing funds and spent the cash on booze, beauty products, bedroom furniture and homes for her family, federal prosecutors said Monday. Former Executive Director Lorena Loren, 55, was charged in federal court with conspiracy to co

Tough rules make for Detroit pot shop growing pains

Detroit — It’s been a year since Detroit put laws in place to regulate medical marijuana shops and as of today, only two have been approved to operate. The strict set of zoning and licensing requirements adopted in 2015 by the City Council went into effect last March. That’s when all shops — existing and new — seeking to opera