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Pot Legalization Could Save the Country Billions Per Year

The government would save an estimated $13.7 billion on prohibition enforcement costs and tax revenue by legalizing marijuana, according to a paper endorsed by 300 economists. To learn more, please read: Economists: Legalizing Po

Struggling Cities Generate Revenue From Dispensaries

The city of Oakland, California raised $1.3 million in tax revenue from medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011, 3 percent of the city’s total business tax revenue, according to The New York Times. To read more, click here: Gener

Marijuana Prisoners Cost $1 Billion a Year

By Michael Komorn In 2005, nearly 800,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana related charges. In 2006, more than 830,000 were arrested. in 2007? A staggering 873,000. The latest statistics released by the FBI show that in 2011, there were about

10 Police Raids Gone Wrong

By Michael Komorn Members from an Atlanta police narcotics team got a tip from an informant about an alleged drug stash, in November, 2006. As it turned out, the alleged drug house belonged to 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston. (Related: What Did I Just Get Charged With

Arizona Supreme Court Sets Example for Michigan, Other Medical Marihuana States

This case has been updated: See Arizona Sheriff Refuses to Hand Over Pot July 10, 2013 By Michael Komorn Hats off and a thumbs up to the Arizona Supreme Court letting stand

Taylor man steers wheelchair to White House to advocate for medical marijuana users

By Michael Komorn In dramatic fashion, 52-year-old Curtis Kile, who is afflicted with cerebral palsy is rolling his wheelchair to the White House to advocate for medical marijuana users. Kile departed his Taylor home June 14 and inched his way down sidewalks, through traffic, across mountains and through cities and small towns from Michigan t

Medical Marijuana for Children, Desperate Parents Find Relief

By Michael Komorn A new leaf in the medical marijuana conversation has been turned over as parents desperate to help children with diverse health issues, from autism to severe epilepsy, are turning to medical marijuana to provide relief. Currently, 18 states, plus Washington, D.C., permit

Arizona Sheriff Refuses to Give Back Pot

Ariz. Sheriff Refuses to Give Back Pot To Cali. Patient (Updated from: Arizona Supreme Court Sets Example for Michigan, Other Medical Marihuana States) July 17, 2013 By

The Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program-Good Intentions Gone Awry

The Edward Byrne Memorial Competetive Grant Program, or Byrne Grant for short, was created in 1988 by the Federal Government after a New York City narcotics officer was killed by a drug dealer. The Byrne Grants were aimed at provi

Michigan State Police Return Medical Marijuana to Patient In 2010, Michigan State Police returned the medical marijuana they seized from our client during a traffic stop. The cannabis was returned after we obtained a dismissal of all charges in a court order directing the arresting agency to return the

Federal-State Conflict Over Medical Marijuana Increases Pain

By Michael Komorn Last week, I came across a story in the Huffington Postthat detailed the suffering of two patients who got caught up in the conflict between State and Federal guidelines on Medical Marijuana. The story of the two patients profiled

The research of Dr. Donald Tashkin

Dr. Donald Tashkin, the medical director of UCLA’s Pulmonary Function Laboratory, has conducted research on the effects of marijuana on the lungs for over thirty years. Though his work was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse who were hoping to link marijuana use with lung disease, Dr. Tashkin has found that in some ways the opposite is

Who Wants To Keep Marijuana Illegal And Why?

On Dec.10, 2010, on a statewide ballot, California voters narrowly struck down the Regulate Control and Tax Cannabis Act. If passed, Prop 19 would have allowed marijuana to have been bought, sold and taxed like alcohol or tobacco. The proposition got more votes than the republican gubernatorial candidate that year and ultimately failed due to a mas


Despite the negative turn events in the past few weeks with the COA ruling in United States v. Jones and People v. Carruthers, I am reminded of recent periods in the history of the implementation of the MMMA and comparisons that can be

Uruguay Votes to Legalize Pot

This week, the lower house of representatives in Uruguay passed a bill that would legalize marijuana for all residents. The proposal would see the state purchasing marijuana from licensed growers and allows individuals to grow 6 plants for personal use. Uruguay’s decision comes after decades of failed drug policy as the country is in the middle

Rep. Mike Shirkey to discuss decriminalizing marijuana in townhall meeting

On Aug. 14, citizens, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers will all descend upon the Grass Lake Township hall to discuss the pros and cons of decriminalizing marijuana in Michigan. State Republican Mike Shirkey has scheduled the town hall meeting in hopes of furthering the discussion of the medical benefits and societal risks of marijuana use

Illinois Becomes the 20th State to Enact Medical Marijuana Bill

On Thursday, August 1, 2013, Illinois became the 20th state to enact Medical Marijuana Legislation. The law goes into effect on January 1st, but until then the House and Senate will have an opportunity to pick through the already restrictive bill, which will expire after 4 years and will need to be re-voted upon. Under its current format, the law

DEA Unit Revealed in Massive Domestic Surveillance Program

A secret DEA unit known as the Special Operations Division (SOD) has been sharing its information with law enforcement to launch criminal investigations across the country. Intelligence gleaned from the unit’s massive database of telephone records, wiretaps, and informants has been provided to police officers often unbeknownst to defendants, pros

Med Marijuana Panel Approves PTSD; Strikes Down Asthma, Autism

(Updated from 8/6/2013) The Medical Marijuana Act Review Panel of 9 convened yesterday to consider adding

Marijuana High in CBD Drastically Reduces Frequency of Child’s Seizures

This Sunday, CNN will air an hour long documentary on Marijuana, entitled “Weed.” CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled the globe for nearly a year highlighting how the drug is perceived and used all over the world. More interesting to me than the pot shops and cafes that are opening up in places like Colorado, is the

Former Monroe County Narcotics Officer Sentenced to 2-20 Years in Prison

Luke Davis, a former Monroe County narcotics officer was sentenced to 2-20 years in federal prison after his motion was denied to withdraw the no-contest plea to racketeering he entered in May of 2013. Originally, Davis faced 24 felony charges, but with the plea to racketeering the other 23 were dropped. Luke Davis and two other officers were a

Michigan Court of Appeals to Decide on Dispensaries

Two days ago, the Michigan court of Appeals heard oral arguments for several cases involving registered caregivers who allegedly sold marijuana to undercover police agents posing as certified patients. These highly anticipated cases stem from a 2010 operation which shut down Ferndale dispensary, Clinical Relief. (watch the oral arguments

Ypsilanti approves cap on licenses for medical marijuana facilities

The Ypsilanti City Council has taken its stance on medical marijuana in the community. At an Aug. 6 meeting, the council approved 4-1 the second reading of an ordinance that caps the number of medical marijuana dispensaries and growing facilities allowed in the city. The ordinance caps the number of licenses issued and renewed at six for disp