Michigan Prosecutors Pressured Lab On Medical Marijuana Results

MICHIGAN: The Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division finds itself embroiled in scandal as newly released emails paint a picture of a crime lab in turmoil over how to classify marijuana. Attorneys and medical marijuana advocates accuse Michigan prosecutors of pressuring the state’s crime lab to falsely classify the origins of THC found in hash oils and marijuana edibles as “origin unknown.”

Prosecutors exploited the ambiguity to charge medical marijuana users for possession of synthetic THC, despite the fact that the personal use of medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since it was approved by voters in 2008. Under Michigan law, possession of synthetic THC constitutes a felony, whereas possession of marijuana and its derivatives by someone who is not a licensed medical marijuana user is a misdemeanor.

The emails were obtained by Michael Komorn, lead lawyer for Max Lorincz, a medical marijuana patient who lost custody of his child and now faces felony charges after the lab’s misleading classification of hash oil found in his home.

“I’d never seen a lab report reporting origin unknown,” Komorn told The Intercept. “What was produced for us was the most unbelievable set of documents I’ve ever seen.”

Michigan Sees Another Dip In Medical Marijuana Patients

MICHIGAN: The number of patients in Michigan’s medical marijuana program declined for the second year in a row in 2014, according to state statistics reviewed by The Detroit News.

Last year, the number of identification cards for patients in the program totaled 96,408, according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. That compares with 119,470 patients in 2011, and 118,368 in 2013.

The downward trend continued in Metro Detroit, too, with the number of medical marijuana patients falling in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties for a third straight year.

Big Marijuana: Is It The Future?

MICHIGAN: Love it or loathe it, marijuana as medicine is not a trend likely to disappear soon. Its use – and sale – is not going unnoticed by the legitimate business world.

Michigan-based nutritional supplement company, Creative Edge Nutrition, is on course to becoming the first U.S. company to be allowed to distribute medicinal marijuana in Canada, says CEO Bill Chaaban.

In November the company was notified by Canada’s federal health department, Health Canada, that it has been approved to grow, distribute, import and export medicinal marijuana and plant seeds through its Canadian subsidiary CEN Biotech.

Michigan House Approves Return Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Edibles

MICHIGAN: The Michigan House on Thursday advanced legislation to update the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law by allowing for dispensaries and a variety of edible products.

Medical marijuana storefronts had operated in several Michigan communities until a February ruling by the state Supreme Court empowered county prosecutors to shut them down as a “public nuisance.”

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Mike Callton of Nashville and approved Thursday in a 95-14 vote, would pave the way for the return of dispensaries — or “provisioning centers” — but allow local communities to prohibit them if desired.

Dispensaries would have to provide municipalities with test results ensuring that the medical marijuana they sell is free of contaminants. Edible products would have to be clearly labelled. House Bill 4271 also would prohibit on-premises cultivation or use of the drug and generally prohibit new dispensaries from opening within 1,000 feet of a school.

Michigan House Approves Medical Marijuana Bills

MICHIGAN:  Michigan lawmakers have voted to let local governments allow or prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in their communities.

Other bills approved Thursday by the House clarify that patients can use non-smokable forms of marijuana and set the stage for pharmacy sales of the drug if the federal government signs off.

Michigan voters legalized marijuana use for medical purposes five years ago.

Patients can grow it themselves or buy it from registered caregivers.

Michigan Vote On Medical Marijuana Bills Allowing Dispensaries, Edibles, Pharmacy Sales On Hold

MICHIGAN: A vote on a trio of bills related to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act probably won’t happen until next year.

But that didn’t stop a couple hundred people affected by the law from cramming into three committee rooms Thursday to voice their support and concerns about the bills during a meeting of the House Judiciary committee.

“Our current legislation is the worst,” said Stephen Postema, city attorney for Ann Arbor. “At least take the next step and move the Michigan law into a better place than it is now.”

The bills would: allow communities to determine and regulate if they want medical marijuana dispensaries — called provisioning centers — to operate in their communities; it also would allow for the manufacture and sale of other forms of marijuana, including edibles like brownies and oils.

The bills are needed, said sponsors state Reps. Mike Callton,R-Nashville, and Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, because court rulings have made dispensaries and edible forms of marijuana illegal.

 

Michigan Vote On Medical Marijuana Bills Allowing Dispensaries, Edibles, Pharmacy Sales On Hold

MICHIGAN: A vote on a trio of bills related to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act probably won’t happen until next year.

But that didn’t stop a couple hundred people affected by the law from cramming into three committee rooms Thursday to voice their support and concerns about the bills during a meeting of the House Judiciary committee.

“Our current legislation is the worst,” said Stephen Postema, city attorney for Ann Arbor. “At least take the next step and move the Michigan law into a better place than it is now.”

The bills would: allow communities to determine and regulate if they want medical marijuana dispensaries — called provisioning centers — to operate in their communities; it also would allow for the manufacture and sale of other forms of marijuana, including edibles like brownies and oils.

The bills are needed, said sponsors state Reps. Mike Callton,R-Nashville, and Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, because court rulings have made dispensaries and edible forms of marijuana illegal.