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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

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

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

Michigan State Police Legal Updates

From November 1999 through August 2016   MSP Legal Update No. 125 (08/16) Statutes: Used Motor Vehicle Parts Act amended regarding buying and receiving used motor vehicle parts, includi

Medical Marijuana Replaces More Dangerous Drugs

A new study adds to the evidence that letting patients use cannabis saves lives by reducing consumption of pharmaceuticals. Insys Therapeutics, the Arizona-based pharmaceutical company that recently became the

Oakland, Macomb counties among few to get grants for medical marijuana enforcement

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan sheriffs are paying for overtime and buying vests, guns, Tasers and vehicles with a little-known pot of state money that was set aside for medical marijuana enforcement. They’re also leaving a lot of cash on the table, as only 18 of 83 counties this year applied for a slice of the $3 million. “It’s mind-blowing

2015 Michigan Medical Marihuana Statistics

2015 Michigan Medical Marihuana Statistics Document Link   The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is responsible for the state’s regulatory environment and makes

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Cannabis shops in Colorado are not selling to underage individuals

Cannabis shops in Colorado are not selling to underage individuals, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Studies of Alcohol and Drugs. In Colorado it is illegal for minors under the age of 21 to 

Ballot measures aim to limit police forfeitures

Orchard Lake and Sylvan Lake have two of the smallest police forces in Michigan, but voters there will be asked to curb their powers to confiscate property associated with crime.   Ballot measures in both communities would require a criminal conviction before police could pursue a civil forfeiture of property related to the crime. Any

Judge hears arguments in class action marijuana lawsuit

DETROIT, Mich. — A judge on Wednesday heard arguments in a federal class action lawsuit filed by medical marijuana patients and caregivers against several Michigan law enforcement and crime lab officials.