Last 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…)
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on May 13, 2013
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…)
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on June 28, 2012
Last week, Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt of Schmidt Law Services, PLLC, presented Straight Talk on Medical Marijuana Laws at the Ferndale Public Library. In that talk she discussed recent proposals by both legislators and the public to modify the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the effects these modifications may have on the ability of qualified patients to use the drug. A previous post addressed the current state of the law and its application.
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on May 4, 2012
Last week, Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt of Schmidt Law Services, PLLC, presented Straight Talk on Medical Marijuana Laws at the Ferndale Public Library. This talk provided non-biased information on what the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act is and what changes have been proposed. This article is a summary of the first portion of the talk. A subsequent post will address current legislation and voter petitions that would affect the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. (more…)
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on May 2, 2012
Marijuana has been in the news a lot this week. Casey Holley of gather.com recently published an article drawing attention to a petition to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Michigan. She correctly points out:
Federal laws still prohibit the sale, possession and use of marijuana. If Michigan does legalize it, the state law won’t override the federal law. It will simply protect small time users from prosecution at the local and state levels. If the bill passes, marijuana will be classified in the same way that alcohol is classified. Driving laws will be changed to reflect the new law.
But is this really the time or place for such a progressive initiative? A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests it just might be. (more…)
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on January 12, 2012
A recent CNN article, States say it’s time to rethink medical marijuana, takes a look at the likelihood that the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will reevaluate the medical benefits of marijuana in light of requests by Colorado and three other states. According to author Mike Smith, medical marijuana advocates hope the DEA will give more serious consideration to requests from states than it has those from non-governmental agencies. (more…)
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on January 2, 2012