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Detroit pastors declare war on marijuana dispensaries

DETROIT - Some Detroit pastors are on a mission to wipe out weed dispensaries in the city. They say they have had enough of the smell, the addition crime and what it’s doing to Detroit's youth. That is why the Detroit Coalition of Concerned Pastors is pushing the city council to shut down the nearly 200 medical marijuana dispensa

Medical marijuana ordinance tabled until 2016

WARREN — Anyone looking for clarity about the future of Warren Mayor Jim Fouts’ proposed ordinance dealing with the growth and transfer of medical marijuana will have to wait until the new year.   “We will be having a Committee of the Whole (meeting). I am scheduling a Committee of the Whole (meeting) for the first Tuesday in Janua

Detroit police make arrests at marijuana dispensary

Detroit police arrested two people and confiscated two firearms and drugs during a raid on a marijuana dispensary Tuesday afternoon. Police seized 4,100 grams of marijuana (about 9 pounds), and removed 12 edible marijuana foods from the shelves at Detroit Medz, said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis of Detroit police Media Relations. "Our Major Violators Unit

Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy Medical marijuana for the treatment of epilepsy has been a controversial and intriguing topic for the last few years. Drawing upon both clinical experience and research findings, the panelists discuss the potential medical benefits and risks of using medical marijuana as a treatment for epilepsy.   The pane

Michigan Prosecutors Pressured Lab on Medical Marijuana Results

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE Forensic Science Division finds itself embroiled in scandal as newly released emails paint a picture of a crime lab in turmoil over how to classify marijuana. Attorneys and medical marijuana advocates accuse Michigan prosecutors of pressuring the state’s crime lab to falsely classify the origins of THC found in ha

Michigan Senate To Finally Give Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bills A Hearing, Sort Of

Senator Jones, the legislature’s leader in receiving campaign contributions from the medical marijuana industry, has finally authorized the hearing of a trio of medical marijuana bills in the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee. Well, he sort of granted them a hearing.   A notice for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, D

Medical marijuana questions raised in Hudson man’s court hearing

An attorney probed for medical marijuana defenses as a hearing began Friday for a Hudson man charged with illegally growing and selling marijuana this fall.   Paul Alan Williams, 55, rejected a plea bargain offer before a preliminary examination on four felony charges got under way in Lenawee County District Court. The hearing is set to

Detroit council to hold hearing on 2nd pot ordinance

Council to hear from public on location of marijuana dispensaries DETROIT FREE PRESS The Detroit City Council has set a public hearing on zoning regulations for medical marijuana shops at 1 p.m. Dec. 17, 2015.   The Detroit City Council today set a public hearing for next month on

Michigan gets F grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation

An honor system with no honor   The State Integrity Investigation is a comprehensive assessment of state government accountability and trans

5 Myths About Medical Marijuana

At this point, marijuana is legal for medical use in nearly half of the country. But David Casarett, MD, author of the recently-released Stoned: A Doctor's Case For Medical Marijuana

2 Reasons Ohio Voters Overwhelmingly Rejected Marijuana Legalization

According to the latest Gallup poll, 58% of Americans think marijuana should be legal. Surveys conducted in March and October found that most Ohioans agree.

Warren Discusses Proposed Ordinance

On Tuesday, November 10th, the Warren City Council held a public hearing regarding a proposed medical marijuana ordinance being championed by Mayor Jim Fouts. Fouts claims the ordinance is in response to concerns about growing medical marijuana in residential areas, including a house explosion on Harold street on September 28th that was reportedly

MSP defends marijuana crime lab reporting after FOX 17 investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Big questions are still looming over the controversial Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division marijuana reporting policy change: it's accused of ambiguous crime lab reporting leading to misdemeanor pot charges trumped for synthetic-THC felonies.  

Appeal denied; jobless pay OK for medical marijuana firings

DETROIT (AP) >> People fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana can collect unemployment benefits after the state Supreme Court turned down appeals in two cases. The court declined to hear appeals that could have overturned a 2014 state appeals court decision. A brief order was released Thursday. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce an

Attorney Alleges Authorities `Bend The Science’ To Elevate Marijuana Cases

MIRS-Michigan Independent Source Of News and Information Friday Nov 6, 2015 Maxwell LORINCZ, of Spring Lake, says a fingerprint of oil on an empty plastic container led to his arrest on a drug charge on Sept. 24, 2014. Now, a year later, the case that might have started with a fingerprint has spurred a defense attorney to quest

Drug felonies without credible proof? — Allegations of politicking in state police crime labs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – First on FOX 17, we broke serious allegations that state police crime labs are being told to falsely report marijuana test results. This is resulting in misleading lab reports that an attorney claims creates felonies without real proof.   Attorney Michael Komorn believes a recent policy change in the way Michigan

Attorney: Crime labs ‘falsified’ marijuana reports

A Southfield lawyer alleges the Michigan State Police crime labs have “falsified lab reports on marijuana statewide” and he’s asking a judge to dismisses charges lodged against a client.   Michael Komorn, who also represents defendants in Livingston County, said his office’s discovery stems from Ottawa County resident Maxwell Lor

Hearing in alleged false crime lab marijuana reporting dropped this week

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. – The evidentiary hearing originally set for Nov. 5 has been dropped in the case involving a medical marijuana patient charged with a disputed felony for synthetic THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.   The Ottawa County Assistant Prosecutor filed motions to quash, or suppress, the defense’s subpoenas,

Emails spell out alleged scandal in state crime lab testing, falsely reporting marijuana

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. – First uncovered by FOX 17 an alleged scandal in how state crime labs are testing and reporting mari

“A non-stop political game:” Former MSP Forensic Science director on false marijuana reporting …

DEWITT, Mich. – A former director of Michigan State Police Forensic Science addressed the serious allegations FOX 17 uncovered, which accuse the Attorney General’s offi

Michigan’s medical marijuana law circumvented by crime labs’ THC reports, attorney charges

  Posted on MLive 10/30/15 OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – An attorney claims prosecutors pressured state police crime labs to change the way THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is reported in an effort to circumvent Michigan's medical marijuana law.   Michael Komorn alleges scientists were told to report an unknow

Medical-Marijuana Patient Alleges Prosecutors Swayed Crime Lab Drug Tests

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 4:11pm A Michigan medical-marijuana patient claims in court papers that state police crime labs are bending to pressure from prosecutors in analyzing marijuana samples, leading to harsher punishments.   Maxwell Lorincz, 35, was originally charged with a possessions misdemeanor for a small amount of marijuana oil af

Allegations: MSP falsely reporting marijuana, targeting card-carrying patients

SPRING LAKE, Mich. – The defense representing a Spring Lake father facing a felony marijuana charge is accusing Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division crime labs of misreporting marijuana intentionally. It’s an allegation with statewide implications.   FOX 17

Report Shows Michigan Police Seized Over 23 Million In Property and Cash Last Year

Last month, as the Michigan Senate debated a host of reforms to the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws, the Michigan State Police released its Asset Forfeiture Report, the annual publication required by state law that details Michigan’s drug-related forfeiture activities.   The report aggregates data from 629 local police department

The machines that law enforcement uses to monitor your phone’s data

The National Security Agency’s spying tactics are being intensely scrutinized following the recent leaks of secret documents. However, the NSA isn't the only US government agency using controversial surveillance methods.   Monitoring citizens' cell phones without their knowledge is a booming business. From Arizona to California, Flori