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S. ROWAN WILSON, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. LORETTA E. LYNCH, Attorney General; BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES; B. TODD JONES, as Acting Director of U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; ARTHUR HERBERT, as Assistant Director of U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and E

Judge lets Internet giveaway proceed

A federal judge in Texas who was appointed by Barack Obama, George C. Hanks Jr., on Friday refused to delay the president’s planned giveaway of U.S. oversight of a key piece of the Internet, setting up the transfer when a critical contract expires heading into the weekend.

When judges need disciplining

DETROIT — They lied, stole, forged bank documents, padded expense accounts, drove drunk, slept with litigants and jailed innocent people.   Michigan judges have been in big trouble

Advisory Panel not in favor of adding eye disease to medical marijuana ailments

An advisory panel is recommending not to add an eye disease that qualify for medical marijuana in Michigan. The petition was filed by Melba Velez Ortiz, a professor at Grand Valley State University.  She would like to add retinitis pigmentosa to the list  of ailments to qualify for medical marijuana use. It's an inherited disease that

Michigan State Police Legal Update 122_4-28-16

Michigan State Police Legal Update #122. Dated 4-28-16 MEDICAL MARIHUANA A person who smokes marihuana in his

U.S. Attorney General Admits Marijuana Is Not a Gateway Drug

One of the most popular arguments against the legalization of marijuana is that pot is a “gateway” drug with the potential to turn the great American populous into a nation of dope fiends. But today the country’s leading law enforcement official denounced this common misconception by admitting that the consumption of marijuana does not lead t


AN ACT to establish a statewide monitoring system to track marihuana and marihuana products in commercial trade; to monitor compliance with laws authorizing commercial traffic in medical marihuana; to identify threats to health from particular batches of marihuana or medical marihuana; to require persons engaged in commercial marihuana trade to sub

Michigan Medical Marihuana ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 4210

MICHIGAN - ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 4210   AN ACT to amend 2008 IL 1, entitled “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 qualifying patients and primary caregivers; to im

Michigan Medical Marihuana ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 4209

MICHIGAN - ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 4209 AN ACT to license and regulate medical marihuana growers, processors, provisioning centers, secure transporters, and safety compliance facilities; to provide for the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental officers and entities; to create a medical marihuana licensing bo


The Michigan Senate approved a surrogate to HB 4209 of 2015 by a vote of 25-12 which creates the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. The bill is similar to the version that was overwhelmingly passed by House lawmakers in October, but does contain a number of changes. HB 4209 returns for a concurrence vote to the House and t

Former St Louis prosecutor who helped cover up beating of suspect loses her law license

ST LOUIS DISPATCH 9/1/16 A disgraced former St. Louis prosecutor who admitted helping cover up a city police detective's beating of a handcuffed man has been stripped of her law license by the Missouri Supreme Court.   Bliss Barber Worrell was disbarred Aug. 10 and no longer has a right to practice law in t

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2015 Michigan State Police Asset Forfeiture Report Final

2015 Michigan State Police Asset Forfeiture Report Final Final stats for 2014 for Michigan Police Agencies who decided to report asset forfeitures.  Many did not...So one would imagine the stats are not transparent

Editorial: Court puts limit on police stealing

A state court has broken up one of the biggest theft rings in Michigan.   The state Supreme Court should let the ruling stand and the Legislature should enshrine it in law.   The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a key provision of the civil forfeiture law violates the due process rights of defendants. &n

Feds using forfeiture to their advantage

The Justice Department recently announced that it is resuming the “equitable sharing” part of its civil asset forfeiture program, thus ending one of the major criminal justice reform victories of the Obama administration.   Civil asset forfeiture is a le

Editorial: Toughen proposed forfeiture reforms

Innocence until proven guilty should also mean an individual isn’t punished until guilt is established in court. But in Michigan and other states, a suspect can lose property and cash without ever even being charged with a crime.   A package of bills voted unanimously out of committee would establish a higher threshold for civil

Mich. cops seized $24M in 2014 in drug cases

Michigan police agencies seized some $23.9 million last year from suspected drug traffickers, according to a forfeiture report released by the Michigan State Police.   Subtracting costs and shares of assets paid out to partnering organizations, state law enforcement agencies netted $20.4 million, according to data disclosed last month in

Court: Pot as tip no reason for police to seize car

Westland — Marijuana and pizza may be a popular combination, but the state Court of Appeals ruled last week it isn’t enough to warrant police seizure of property.   The state appellate court overturned the forfeiture of a car after ruling the driver didn’t use the vehicle to buy marijuana found by police, but instead recei

Federal Bureau of Prisons-Reducing our Use of Private Prisons

MEMORANDUM FOR THE ACTING DIRECTOR FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS   Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates instructed officials in a memo Thursday to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or substantially reduce the contracts scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is reducing  and ultimate

US Dept of Justice letter regarding prosecution for marijuana

Attorney General Eric Holder's speech regarding dropping mandatory minimums for many drug crimes is already making an impact. Read the letter from the DOJ

US v Ricky Brown fed opinion ( carpenter )

US v Ricky Brown fed opinion ( carpenter )   AMENDED OPINION JANE B. STRANCH, Circuit Judge.   A jury convicted Ricky Brown of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of

Clio marihuana dispensary fighting Genesee County Prosecutor’s office in court

CLIO (WJRT) - (04/25/16) - A Mid-Michigan marihuana dispensary is fighting the Genesee County Prosecutor's office in court after FANG shut them down. The owner of the Clio dispensary says warrants weren't valid and he wants his business back open.   Attorneys from both sides were in Judge Hayman's court Monday afterno

A miscarriage of justice on marijuana

US police are using a flawed scientific test in drugs busts that gives 'false positives' to strongarm citizens into plea bargaining.   As if America's highly-publicised "war on drugs" were not already facing a credibility gap, two US superior court judges – one in Washington, DC, another in Colorado – are raising questions abo

New Roadside Drug Test

What is the law?   The Michigan legislature has passed into law a one-year pilot program set up in five counties that allows for Michigan State Police to perform roadside drug tests. The way this will work is if a driver gets pulled over for a traffic offense, in one of the five c

Has the Most Common Marijuana Test Resulted in Tens of Thousands of Wrongful Convictions?

More than 800,000 people are arrested on marijuana charges each year in the United States, many on the basis of an error-prone test.   Raised in Montana and a resident of Alaska for 18 years, Robin Rae Brown, 48, always made time to explore in the wilderness. On March 20, 2009, she parked her pickup truck outside Weston,