Grand Rapids Marijuana Law Upheld In the final months of 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court provided much hope for the marijuana community by failing to hear and take up the case involving Grand Rapids’ marijuana law, decriminalizing marijuana within the city.  It must be said that the Michigan Supreme Court did not specifically hear oral arguments or…

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Looking At Detroit’s MMMA Dispensary Ordinance Here in the State of Michigan, Medical Marihuana Dispensaries operate in a gray-area within the law because of the People v McQueen decision rendered by the Michigan Supreme Court. The lack of legislation action has only increased the gray-area for how and if dispensary can operate here within Michigan….

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Michigan Supreme Court Eliminating Sentencing Guidelines In 2015 the Michigan Supreme Court wrote an opinion eliminating sentencing guidelines, which meant that felony sentencings would change after People v Lockridge. Prior to this opinion, courts were required to follow sentencing guidelines, unless the judge or court were able to specifically articulate a reasoning (after specific findings)…

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Examining Drunk Driving Prevention Many individuals know that drunk driving charges can and are serious matters. This is especially true, not because of the possible jail confinement or fine imposed, but because of the other consequences, sanctions, and punishments that can be and are inflicted on an individual convicted of a drunk driving charge. At the…

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Police Officer Mistakes – They do happen Whenever you are confronted by a police officer, it becomes essential that the particular police officer involved handles him- or herself accordingly. Police officer mistakes can lead to a great outcome in a criminal case. When police officer mistakes occur, it brings about the possibility of having the…

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Michigan Traffic Tickets Here in the State of Michigan traffic tickets can vary depending on the type of citation that an officer presents to an individual. The reasoning for this is due to the fact that some Michigan traffic tickets can be criminal in nature. However, this does not hinder the impact that Michigan traffic…

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Alcohol Crimes And Statistics The State of Michigan has various alcohol crimes and statistics that vary on each individual crime (these crimes also involve other substances and drugs), especially those involved with a motor vehicle. These charges and/or convictions include, but are not limited to, licensing sanction, jail time, fines, community service and/or counseling. It…

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When An Officer Touches You, Is It A Search? Court’s have determined that a physical intrusion to obtain information may be a Constitutional Violation, which was shown when the United States Supreme Court determined that a violation occurred when the government attached a GPS device to an individual’s vehicle. See United States v Jones. The…

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People v Hartwick & People v Tuttle – Defining The MMMA At the end July 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) issues a written opinion in two different cases, known as People v Hartwick and People v Tuttle. This opinion provides a specific and detail analysis of what is required by an individual wanting to…

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Michigan Marihuana Caregiver Qualifications Here in the State of Michigan there are certain requirements and criminal charges that can and will extend from specific violations of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (aka MMMA). Legislation found in the MMMA that became effective April 1, 2013 chances the landscape the individuals under the MMMA, specifically MMMA caregivers. One of the…

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