In People v Hartwick, the Michigan Court of Appeals announced a new standard and interpretation for proving MMMA defenses. For more details on how this case changes the legal landscape, continue reading.
The Michigan Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow medical marijuana to be distributed and purchased at authorized pharmacies. This concept would reclassify marijuana’s status from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug, which would require federal approval.
According to Senator Roger Kahn, who introduced the new legislation, this proposed system would [...]
On November 5, 2013 Lansing voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance that addresses possession and use of marijuana on private property. The Ordinance, which was done through the initiative process like the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, has been touted as an ordinance that legalizes small amounts of marijuana within the city of Lansing. However, the [...]Continue reading →
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a law Tuesday that will likely impact Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act (“MMMA”). Specifically, the law will deny unemployment benefits to individuals who fail, or refuse to submit to, company drug tests.
Specifically, the law makes it so that applicants who are not hired (or are fired) because of a failed [...]Continue reading →
Last week the federal government indicted 27 people for what the federal government has called a “marijuana drug ring”. The 27 people, Kimberly Adema, Calvin Brown, Merribeth Devries, Kevin Downey, Curtis Fairchild, Benjamin Fialek, Erin Forestier, Cody Fyre, Brandon Goerbig, Casie Hanis, Nathan Hanis, Douglas Harjer, Debora Housley, James Housley, Robert Housley, Vanessa Housley, Braden [...]Continue reading →
The MMMA provides the strongest defense possible to marijuana prosecution: immunity. However, patients and caregivers should exercise caution when confronted by police. Continue reading for more.Continue reading →
Michigan House Bill 4271 would instate a comprehensive, statewide regulatory regime for medical marijuana dispensaries. Additionally, the bill would provide local municipalities regulatory control over the licensure or prohibition of such dispensaries. Introduced in February by State Representative, Mike Callton, the bill aims to mitigate law enforcement crackdowns on dispensaries in violation of the 2008 [...]Continue reading →
Under Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act (“MMMA”), a “primary Caregiver” is a person who is at least 21 years old and has agreed to assist with a patient’s medical use of marijuana. To qualify as a primary Caregiver, a person must not have been convicted of any felony within the past 10 years, and never have [...]Continue reading →
Marijuana is a controlled substance regulated by the federal government under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”). The CSA prohibits the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana for any reason except to engage in federally approved research. Thus, according to federal law, activities related to marijuana are generally prohibited and punishable by criminal penalties. Nonetheless, there [...]Continue reading →
The Michigan Court of Appeals issued a published opinion reinstating criminal charges against seven individuals associated with Clinical Relief–a medical marijuana dispensary which was operating in Oakland County. The Oakland County Circuit Court dismissed the charges against each of the seven defendants finding the medical marijuana statute was vague and the seven defendants could not [...]Continue reading →
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