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House Speaker: Michigan must reform asset forfeiture

House Speaker: Michigan must reform asset forfeiture Government exists to provide services to the people, not to profit off them. Unfortunately, some Michigan police departments are doing the latter with actions hidden from public view. Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives are going to change that. Far too man

Florida jury acquits grower who cited medical need for marijuana

2015 - An article in the Florida newspaper the Sun Sentential recently revealed how a jury acquitted a man charged with the crime of manufacturing cannabis which is punishable up to a 5 years in prison.  Below are a few quotes from the article. "For the first time in Florida history, a Broward jury acquitted a marijuana grower after finding he

Michigan voters OK medical marijuana – Why are fewer patients signing up

A recent radio show on NPR featured an interview with Michael Komorn a leading medical marijuana attorney in Southfield and the president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association In 2008, Michigan voters said yes to medical marijuana. There are re

Nixon Oval Office Recordings Reveal Roots of Marijuana Prohibition

There are some declassified Oval Office tapes from 1971-1972 that reveal the foundation of marijuana criminalization is misinformation, culture war and prejudice. The Shafer Commission was appointed by President Nixon and conducted one of the most comprehensive examination and assessment of marijuana performed by the US government. The Oval Offi

Komorn and Medical Marijuana Activist Charmie Gholson speaking in Michigan’s Capitol Subscribe to Komorn Law on YouTube If you or someone you know is facing charges as a result of Medical Marijuana prescribed to you as a Medical Marijuana

Marijuana Possession Charge Dismissed

Genessee County Recently discharged from probation for possession of Marijuana, the 18 year old client was the driver of a vehicle occupied by one other. After a traffic stop, for the reason that the passenger was observed smoking a cigar on school grounds, our client was asked to step from the vehicle, patted down, and allegedly a pipe was pull

Misdemeanor OUID Charges Dropped

Client was charged with the crime of OUID, operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or a combination of the two. The complaint states: STATE OF MICHIGAN, COUNTY OF WAYNE The complaining witness says that the defendant did, on September 29, 2011, near w. Jefferson and fifth Street in the City of Trenton, o

Dropped OUID Charges

Client was charged with the crime of OUID, Operating a motorized vehicle while under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol or a Combination of the Two. The complaint states: STATE OF MICHIGAN, COUNTY OF WAYNE The complaining witness says that the defendant did, on September 29, 2011, near w. Jefferson and fifth Street in the City of Trenton, o

Mich. lawmakers make changes in medical marijuana law

From The Detroit News: Detroit — Legislators on Friday sent Gov. Rick Snyder the first changes in Michigan’s medical-marijuana law in four years, stretching the one-year patient cards to two years and restricting who can grow pot and how it can be transported.

Medical marijuana changes approved by Michigan Legislature

LANSING, MI — Lawmakers early Friday approved changes to Michigan’s medical marijuana law. The legislation adds clarification and restrictions to the voter-approved medical marijuana act of 2008 and got the required support from three-fourths of legislators. The changes are the result of many months of meetings with stakeholders and committe

Komorn: A Swing And A Miss

House Bill 4856 was passed by the Michigan Legislature during a frantic lame-duck session in which dozens of bills were voted on and passed within a matter of a few hours, including votes taken at 4:30am. The text of HB 4856 is below: Sec. 474. (1) A person shall not transport or possess usable marihuana as defined in section 26

Medical Marijuana Amendments Could Harm Michigan Residents

Last week, Michigan’s leaders passed a number of bills in a marathon lame-duck session, scrambling to push through controversial legislation behind closed doors late into the night. The bills included several amendments to Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), in addition to an Emergency Financial Manager bill which was previously rejected b

Cautious Optimism for Approval of New Medical Marijuana Conditions

“One could say this is the first time in four years the discussion between the Government and the medical marihuana community was focused on patient health issues instead of political and legal issues” Last August, the state began assembling a medical marihuana review panel, with the ultimate goal of finally hearing argument

Komorn Law, PLLC-14 pound Medical Marihuana case dismissed pursuant to section 8 of the MMMA.

Client charged with Possession with Intent to deliver 5-45 Kilograms of Marijuana-7 year felony, and Maintaining a Drug Vehicle- 2 year felony. Client pulled over for speeding, police report said officer could smell marihuana while following the vehicle. Once at the driver’s window, officer noticed 6 totes in the back of the vehicle. Client aske

Case dismissed against marijuana grower

BAD AXE — More than three years after his Bad Axe rental house was raided, charges against 47-year-old Livonia resident Jeffrey David Ellis were dismissed Friday. Judge M. Richard Knoblock made the decision after determining that Ellis was in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, on that day in September 2009. In what was some

Genoa couple reaches plea deal in medical marijuana case

There will be no jail time or criminal record for a Genoa Township couple charged in the seizure of medical marijuana from their home. 65-year-old Dewey Edward Thomas and his wife, Pamela, had been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver after police

Michigan: Changes to medical marijuana law to take effect Monday

Some of the first big changes to Michigan’s 2008 voter-approved medical marijuana law take effect on Monday, including extending the one-year registry cards to two years and further defining the doctor-patient relationship necessary for authorization. An overwhelming 63 percent of Michigan’s voters approved the medical marijuana law, but law

Medical Marijuana: New Michigan laws bring a little clarity

New laws took effect Monday that further define medical marijuana in Michigan for patients, caregivers and doctors. Medical marijuana advocates say the new laws, to some degree, help clarify Michigan’s 2008 voter-approved amendment allowing the medical use of marijuana. And, to some degree, the new laws don’t. “In some ways, the Legisla

Supreme Court Ruling Puts Onus on Communities, Residents and Juries

“The Court’s opinion seems to suggest the voter-approved initiative should be decided by jurors on what is criminal and what is medical.” Recently, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled on Compassionate Apothecary in Mount Pleasant (Mc

Woman evicted from federally subsidized apartment for using medical marijuana

Shannon Sterner evicted for using medical marijuana as a patient under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act By Michael Komorn Leoni Township resident, Shannon Sterner, is 25-years-old, and living with pain. She has tried medications to manage the effects of fibromyalgia and reactive arthritis

Marijuana: When State and Federal Laws collide

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 17 states, a recent measure passed in Colorado and Washington will legalize recreational marijuana use. By Michael Komorn Recently voters in Colorado and Washington passed measures to legalize recreational marijuana use, moving state law in conflict with federal law.

Silicon Valley Is High on Innovation. And Pot

Silicon Valley is filled with tech workers that are regulars at more than 106 medical marijuana clinics. f you’re experiencing pain and find yourself in the Silicon Valley, be sure to drop by the Palliative Health Center for some Sour Diesel, or Purple Haze. P

Woman unknowingly takes 30 pounds of pot across U.S. – Mexico border

A 33-year-old woman who lives in in Mexico and commutes to San Diego daily for work called the cops on herself when she unknowingly transported 30 pounds of marijuana across the border. By Michael Komorn As reported by NBC New York, the unnamed woman drove her car to work Friday mornin

Happy 420 Day [Infographic]

Happy 420! Enjoy’s infographic on the legalization of marijuana. By Michael Komorn With another 4/20 recent past, we’ve shared’s infographic on the legalization of marijuana — feel free to stare at it for hours, but get a glass of water. Pass the White Castle, Mary Jane. A

Jury Selection In Marihuana Cases

A jury trial is fundamental to our democratic system of government. Every American citizen should embrace this responsibility by participating, and ensure justice prevails. by Michael Komorn I just picked a jury in a marihuana case, there were several perspective jurors who were excused, who will not sit on our jury because o