Driver Beware: Michigan Authorizes Roadside Drug Tests

Don't refuse road side drug testsIt’s been the law in Michigan that your license can be suspended if you refuse to take a Preliminary Breath Test for alcohol. But a new law will add drug testing to the mix. Know your rights and responsibilities at a traffic stop. (more…)

Michigan Senate Allows Landlords to Ban Medical MariJuana

iStock_000011882614XSmallThe Michigan legislature considered several modifications to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) in 2013. Now it has begun again as the Senate passed a bill that will restrict where qualified patients will be allowed to cultivate and use their medication. (more…)

Medical Marijuana Caregiver Held to Medical Standard of Care

iStock_000011882614XSmallThe Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) provides protections to users of therapeutic marijuana and their caregivers. But a recent Court of Appeals opinion has put a big caveat on those protections, and it’s one of which caregivers had better take notice. (more…)

Will Marijuana Soon Be Legal In Michigan?

file0001628783403There has been a trend recently of different cities and states making marijuana possession legal, or at least not putting people in jail for it. In 2012 Colorado and Washington became the to first overturn their prohibitions by voter initiative. Grand Rapids followed suit, making the possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil infraction. But could the state of Michigan be next? (more…)

What’s Wrong With the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act

shutterstock_154035038For patients suffering certain debilitating illnesses and symptoms, medical cannabis is an idea that’s time could not have come soon enough. It stands as an better alternative to heavy and often addictive pharmaceuticals with strong negative side effects. But is the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) more trap than blessing? (more…)

Ferndale’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owners Head Back to Court

shutterstock_148237478When the trial court judge dismissed the charges against the owners of Ferndale’s medical marijuana dispensary, Clinical Relief, many breathed a sign of relief. But a Michigan Court of Appeals just reopened the prosecution of all 7 defendants in the case. Now it looks like Clinical Relief is going back to court.

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Cannabutter Brownies Are Not Usable Marijuana, Court Says

Pile of Two Chocolate Brownies on a PlateA Michigan Court of Appeals recently published an opinion on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) drastically limiting the definition of usable marijuana. This decision could have a serious affect the way qualified patients are allowed to take their medicine. (more…)

Court Gives Medical Marijuana Users the Green Light to Drive

MP900386095Judges across the state have been cautioning medical marijuana users against driving ever since the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) went into effect in 2008. Their reasoning? The Michigan Vehicle Code prohibits operating a motor vehicle with any trace of a schedule 1 drug, including marijuana, in one’s system. Now the Michigan Supreme Court has stepped in to answer the question: Which law will win in a direct conflict? (more…)

Grand Rapids Marijuana Law Gets Court Approval

Bush of a hempLast year voters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed an amendment to the city’s charter classifying simple marijuana use or possession as a civil infraction, not a crime. At the same time similar voter-driven initiatives happened elsewhere in the country. Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized recreational use of the substance. But, as seems to be the trend with voter initiatives, once the law is passed, the litigation begins. (more…)

What Does the New Michigan Supreme Court Opinion Mean for Medical Marijuana?

On May 31, 2012, the Michigan Supreme Court handed down a decision in People v. Kolanek that will provide some much-needed guidance to lower courts, prosecutors, and defense attorneys dealing with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), MCL 333.26421 et seq.  The decision contained several rulings on the interpretation of the MMMA.  This post will examine these holdings and how they will likely affect future MMMA criminal litigation. (more…)