Medical Marijuana Decisions

The Michigan Court of Appeals handed down a ruling yesterday regarding reinstatement of manufacturing and delivery felony charges against two defendants who did not have medical marijuana cards when they were arrested. Under Section 8 of the Michigan Marijuana Act (MMA), even though a person may not have yet obtained a “patient” card, an affirmative defense may be asserted if there is a “bona fide” relationship with a physician, the person has a debilitating condition, and the physician determines that marijuana will provide a therapeutic benefit to that person. Read More...

Another Animal Hoarding Case

I was recently retained on another animal hoarding case. I was contacted by a woman who's home was found to contain forty dogs, a dozen or so cats, and several rabbits. Several of the animals had died and decomposing and the home was filled with urine and animal feces. Read More...

Medical Marijuana Update

A couple of days ago, the Oakland County Sheriffs Department raided several establishments and arrested nearly two dozen individuals, charging them with manufacturing and delivery of marijuana, a four year felony. Read More...

Put a Sock In It

I have written about this before, but it needs re-emphasizing; IF THE POLICE STOP TO QUESTION YOU AND ASK IF THEY CAN SEARCH YOUR CAR OR COME TO YOUR DOOR AND ASK TO COME INTO YOUR HOME, DON'T LET THEM. Politely tell them to get a warrant. Read More...

Another Blonde on John R

I wrote about this last year and it seems that some people never learn. In my prior posting, I spoke of the hot looking blonde that my client offered $20 for oral sex. Within seconds of the offer he was surrounded by several officers and issued a ticket for solicitation plus his car was seized. Read More...

Medical Marijuana Logjam

Since the state implemented the new medical marijuana law in April 2009, it has received 25,589 applications, issued 13,239 permits for use of marijuana, handed out 5,460 permits for caregivers to grow it and denied 3,835 requests. As of April 16, the state had a backlog of 3,055 applications.

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Do Some Research

If you decide to engage in risky conduct that could result in criminal charges against you, you should consider the jurisdiction that you are in. For instance, let's say you decide to go out to dinner and then order that third vodka. After dinner you hop in the car and drive home. Although you feel a little buzzed, you are not drunk. What you don't realize is that one of your brake lights just blew. The other thing you don't think about is that the restaurant where you dined is located on Woodward in Bloomfield Hills. Read More...

Screw You, Judge

I defended a young man a few months ago on his second Minor in Possession (MIP) charge. When he received his first MIP he was given probation with the understanding that if he successfully completed it, the charge would be dismissed. Although I was not his attorney, I am sure that when the Judge asked him if he had anything to say, he apologized to the Court and said he would not drink again until it was legal to do so. A year later, and no longer on probation, he got caught drinking again and was charged with MIP 2nd. Read More...

Beware of Small Favors

I received a call a few weeks ago from a young lady who had pleaded guilty to drug paraphernalia. When I questioned her she stated that she was in a car with her boyfriend who was stopped by local police officer. When the officer approached the car, he happened to see a baggies that was in her purse and which contained marijuana. Rather then ticket her for possession, he figured he would give this young woman a break and wrote her up on the paraphernalia charge, a lesser offense but still a misdemeanor. Read More...