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Study Explains Why Hemp and Marijuana are Different

Genetic differences between hemp and marijuana determine whether Cannabis plants have the potential for psychoactivity, a new study by University of Minnesota scientists shows. "Given the diversity of cultivated forms of Cannabis, we wanted to identify the genes responsible for differences in drug content," says U of M plant biologist George Wei

GlaxoSmithKline to Plead Guilty and Pay $3 Billion to Resolve Fraud

Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in U.S. History Department of Justice - Office of Public Affairs Monday, July 2, 2012 Global health care giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) agreed to plead guilty and to pay $3 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful

LARA-Medical Marihuana Regulation – House Bill 4209-HB4827 and HB4210-FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS   When can I apply for my license?   After December 15, 2017.   What does the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board (“the board”) do?   The Medical Marihuana Licensing Board is comprised of 5 members, appointed by the Governor (with input from the Senate Majorit

Medical Marihuana Business Development Legal Assistance

On September 14, 2016, the Michigan Legislature succeeded in passing several medical marihuana dispensary legislation acts. The acts were signed by Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder on September 22,  2016 Komorn Law can assist you with clarification and utilization of these new regulations and protections.   To learn


The implied license to approach a home and conduct a "knock and talk" is time sensitive and the police violated the Fourth Amendment when they trespassed on the defendants’ property in the predawn hours with the intent to gather information In

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