What is a Schedule 1 Substance?

This article lists the Schedule 1 substances, with a discussion of the charge operating with the presence of a schedule 1 substance or cocaine at the end. MCL 333.7212. What is a Schedule 1 Substance? A schedule 1 substance is a substance that has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical uses in the U.S. List of Schedule 1 Substances Schedule 1 substances contain diverse types of drugs. On the list are opiates, amphetamines, enactogens, […]

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Medibles Bills Die in The Michigan Senate

A bill that would have allowed for Michigan communities to decide whether they wanted medical marijuana dispensaries was defeated today in the Michigan Senate. The dispensaries allowed under the bill would have been subject to certain restrictions, such as ensuring the quality of the marijuana. Individual communities could have added further regulations at their discretion. A second bill that did not pass would have allowed medical marijuana patients to consume foods that contain medical marijuana, foods known as […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Juvenile Lifers Can Be Resentenced

In 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that juveniles convicted of crimes could not be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole. The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution prohibits this sentence as a cruel and unusual punishment. But what about the juveniles who have already been convicted and sentenced to mandatory life in prison? Does the Court’s decision apply retroactively so that those juveniles lifers could be resentenced and maybe be released? The […]

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Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Eastern Michigan University Police Departments to Begin Use of Body Cameras

The Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Eastern Michigan University Police Departments have both announced that their officers will begin using body cameras. The announcement comes soon after the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department stated that its deputies will begin using body cameras. Body cameras have become a hot topic of conversation following a grand jury decision to not indict a police officer in the shooting of the unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The Michael Brown shooting produced conflicting eye […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Settles Birthday Question

At what point in time does a person reach a certain age? This seemingly easy question had big implications in the case People v. Woolfolk decided by the Michigan Supreme Court today. Deandre Woolfolk was convicted and sentenced to mandatory life without the possibility of parole for first degree murder. The murder was committed just an hour or two before his 18th birthday. Woolfolk appealed the sentence, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court case of Miller v. Alabama gave […]

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Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department to Begin Using Body Cameras

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department announced last week that its deputies will begin wearing body cameras during patrols. This is in addition to the dashboard cameras already placed in patrol vehicles. Ann Arbor city officials have discussed the use of body cameras for the Ann Arbor Police Department following the controversial shooting of a woman who allegedly confronted police officers with a knife. The decision arrived before a grand jury yesterday chose not to indict the police officer […]

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New Trial for Defendant after Prosecutor goes on Rant against Medical Marijuana

In a case from Munising in the Upper Peninsula, Paul Heminger was convicted of growing about two dozen marijuana plants. On appeal from his conviction, Heminger argued that the prosecuting attorney on the case made improper statements that influenced the jury. In the closing arguments of the trial, the prosecutor went on a rant against medical marijuana users and the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, stating that the government objected to the way the law was written. The prosecutor […]

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Three Oakland County Communities Vote for Pro-Marijuana Measures

The residents of Huntington Woods and Berkley have voted for pro-marijuana measures in their communities. Under city law in both places, residents over 21 may now use, possess, or transfer up to one ounce of marijuana on private property. The Huntington Woods measure passed with about 69% of the vote. The Berkley measure passed with about 62% of the vote. The residents of Pleasant Ridge voted to make marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority. Please remember that […]

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Saginaw, Port Huron, and Mt. Pleasant vote for Pro-Marijuana Measures

Voters in Saginaw, Port Huron, and Mt. Pleasant voted yesterday to approve pro-marijuana city law measures. In Port Huron, city law was changed to allow people over 21 to possess, use, and transfer up to one ounce of marijuana on private property. There were 3,383 yes votes to 3,192 no votes on the amendment. In Saginaw, voters passed Proposal 2, which bans city lawmakers from passing an ordinance that restricts the possession, use, and transport of small amounts […]

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Five Michigan Towns Reject Marijuana Decriminalization

The towns of Clare, Frankfort, Harrison, Lapeer, and Onaway all voted to reject pro-marijuana measures on the ballot yesterday. The measure in Lapeer failed by only six votes. These towns bucked the trend in this election, which saw the residents of Saginaw, Port Huron, Mt. Pleasant, Huntington Woods, and Berkley vote to decriminalize marijuana, with the town of Pleasant Ridge voting to make the enforcement of marijuana-related offenses the lowest police priority. In August, the cities of Oak […]

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