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Defense attorneys seek fed inquiry of MSP crime labs

Southfield — Three defense attorneys are asking the federal government to investigate the Michigan State Police crime laboratories, alleging misconduct in their testing for pending drug cases.   Southfield defense attorneys Neil Rockind and Michael Komorn, along with Michael Nichols of East Lansing, want the National Institut

Court Sides With IRS Against Colorado Dispensary

December 21, 2015 - A Colorado cannabis business has lost a court battle that could have set an important tax precedent for the marijuana industry.   The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado rejected a request to overturn a ruling forcing a now-defunct dispensary 

Federal complaints allege marijuana misreporting by State Police crime lab

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- At least three attorneys filed federal complaints Tuesday against the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division for allegations of serious negligence or misconduct, and to contest grant money the crime labs received this year.   However, officials with both the MSP and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office

Detroit passes ordinance to regulate medical pot shops

The Detroit City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.   The vote was 6-1, with council member Scott Benson voting no. Members George Cushingberry and Raquel Castaneda-Lopez were not present.   The ordinance will not only limit the growth of dispensaries in Michigan’

MI Cops Change Policy So They Can Falsely Imprison Legal Pot Smokers

In 2008, an overwhelming majority of Michigan voters approved legislation to legalize marijuana for medical use in the state. With nearly 50,000 Michigan residents arrested and incarcerated each year for controlled substance violations, the state’s prison industrial com

Most Americans don’t realize it’s this easy for police to take your cash

Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial but legal practice that allows police to seize cash and property from people

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