Medical Marijuana Use Protected from City Zoning Laws – Deruiter v. Township of Byron

The Court of Appeals delivered a big win for medical marijuana rights. The Court ruled that the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act takes priority over local city zoning ordinances. Caregivers may grow marijuana despite zoning ordinances so long as the caregiver grows in an enclosed, locked facility and meets location requirements. This comes from the case of Deruiter v. Township of Byron. What Happened in the Case Byron Township had a zoning ordinance prohibiting medical use of marijuana in […]

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State Hands Out First Medical Marijuana Business Licenses

The State has granted licenses to 7 medical marijuana business, the first licenses given out. For the licenses, there is a dispensary and processor in Ann Arbor, a secure transport company in Lansing, and four grow operations in Chesaning, which is located between Flint and Saginaw. The businesses won’t be able to operate for at least a month. However, no licenses were granted to testing facilities. This means no marijuana could actually be sold until a testing facility […]

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Medical Marijuana Approved for 11 New Conditions

The State just approved new conditions for medical marijuana use. The New Conditions The new conditions approved for medical marijuana use include; Arthritis Autism Chronic Pain Colitis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Parkinson’s Disease Rheumatoid Arthritis Spinal Cord Injury Tourette’s Syndrome Ulcerative Colitis Medical Conditions Denied for Medical Marijuana The State also rejected medical marijuana use for several medical conditions. These include; Anxiety Asthma Brain Injury Depression Diabetes Gastric Ulcer Non-severe or Non-chronic Pain Organ Transplant Panic […]

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New Law Limits Painkiller Prescriptions

A new law goes into effect that is designed to help curb the opioid epidemic. What the New Law Does Doctors may now only prescribe seven days worth of opioid medicine to people with a short-term need for the drugs. A short-term need may include surgeries, a bad back, or a broken limb. Prescriptions can be refilled after the seven day period expires. What is an Opioid? Opioids are more commonly known as pain killers. Prescription opioids can […]

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What Happens to Old Marijuana Convictions if Weed Becomes Legal?

In the next November election, Michigan voters will decide whether marijuana will be legal for recreational personal use. It is a real possibility that marijuana use and possession will soon be legal. This leads to the question – what about all those people who have convictions on their record for possession or use of marijuana? It may not seem fair that many people will be stuck with marijuana convictions on their record once the basis for that conviction […]

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Court of Appeals Rules Against Support Dogs for Adults in Trials in People v. Shorter

The appearance of support dogs in court has become more and more common. The idea is for the dogs to provide comfort to people who are scared or stressed to testify in public. The most common area for the dogs are for the complainant (the person accusing the defendant of the crime) in sex crime cases. This leads to the question: How does the jury see the dogs? Might the jury be prejudiced into believing the complainant over […]

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Can You Be Convicted of Drinking and Driving When You’re Under .08?

We all know the legal limit for drinking and driving is .08. Let’s say you’re under .08 and pulled over by the police while driving. Will this prevent you from going to jail? The .08 Number Driving with a blood alcohol content of over .08 is against the law in Michigan. The law presumes that a person with a BAC of .08 or over is intoxicated. It doesn’t matter if the person is driving perfectly – if you’re […]

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Michigan May See Legal Weed with Vote in November

Michigan voters will officially go to the polls November 6th to vote on legal weed. What Will the New Law Allow? In November, a ballot initiative will include the following new laws: People 21 and over can possess and use marijuana. A person can have up to 2.5 ounces in public. but may keep up to 10 ounces at home. Marijuana could not be used in public. Marijuana would no longer be tied to medicine. Anyone (21 and […]

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Slow Roll Out for New Medical Marijuana Dispensary Law

Almost a year and a half after the passing of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Facilities Act and not one license for a dispensary has been issued. Why not? The approaching deadline for getting an existing dispensary to get a license or shut down is June 15 of this year. The Director for the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation has said this is basically because of how much rules and structure were needed to be put in place before […]

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Michigan Moves Closer to Preventing Dog Breed-Specific Regulations Usually Aimed at Pit Bulls

The Michigan State Senate voted yesterday to prevent cities from banning dog breed-specific ordinances. There are 30 Michigan cities with dog breed-specific ordinances. The ordinances mainly regulate pit-bulls. Twenty other states prohibit dog breed-specific regulation. Michigan Cities With Breed-Specific Regulation There about 30 Michigan cities with specific dog laws on the books. For example, Grosse Pointe Woods ban the 4 dog breed types generally regarded as pit bulls. Orchard Lake and Sylvan Lake also ban pit bulls without […]

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