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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

House panel OKs permit less concealed pistol plan

Lansing - 5/30/17 - Carrying a concealed pistol in Michigan without a permit or completing any gun safety training would be legal under a package of bills that a House committee approved Tuesday. The measure now goes to the full House for consideration after Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee approved the package in a


MEMORANDUM FOR ALL FEDERAL PROSECUTORS FROM: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL~ SUBJECT: Department Charging and Sentencing Policy May 10, 2017 This memorandum establishes charging and sentencing policy for the Department of Justice. Our responsibility is to fulfill our role in a way that accords with the law, advances

Michael Komorn 2016 CDAM Award Recipient

One of the state’s most active medical marijuana specialist attorneys has been honored by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) with their “Justice For All” Award.  

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

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