Category:Marijuana Laws

How Not to Obtain a Commercial Medical Marijuana Permit in Michigan!

  • May 31st, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Marijuana Laws

Last year Michigan passed sweeping legislation ushering in the age of commercial medical marijuana.  There are five different kinds of commercial licenses available, including those needed to commercially grow, transport and sell marijuana.  The administrative rules have yet to be written, so it’s not clear exactly how many licenses will be available.  However, entrepreneurs hoping

Trump Vows Possible Crack Down on Recreational Marijuana Use

  • March 1st, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Marijuana Laws

Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, stated recently Trump’s AG Jeff Sessions will do more to enforce federal marijuana laws.  He particularly has his eyes on recreational use. This appears to be a significant change from the AG and the DOJ under former President Obama.  Specifically, Spicer said that Trump would be taking legal action against

Michigan Marijuana Patients and Dispensaries Must Closely Adhere to Existing Law

  • March 1st, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Marijuana Laws

Because Marijuana remains an illegal schedule one drug in Michigan, any patient or caregiver who does not closely comply with the Medical Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) risks being charged and prosecuted as an ordinary illegal drug user or illegal drug dealer.  A new Michigan case entitled People v. Lewis, involves medical marijuana, and demonstrates exactly

Obtaining Business Insurance in the Marijuana Industry

  • February 8th, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Marijuana Laws

While marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, a majority of States now have either medical or recreational marijuana.  And in some states, such as Michigan, the medical marijuana industry is expanding.  In fact, according to Arcsoft, the business will expand nationally 700% in the next five years! Michigan’s newest law, which became effective last

Exigent Circumstances Did Not Justify Warrantless Blood Draw in Medical Marijuana DUI Case

  • December 29th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • OWIBlood TestingMarijuana Laws

If you’ve used medical marijuana in Michigan, drive your car, and are stopped by the police, you can be charged with OWI or “operating while intoxicated.”  This is because Michigan’s drunk driving statute, found at Michigan Compiled Laws 257.625, indicates in part as follows: As used in this section, “operating while intoxicated” means any of

A Brief History of Michigan Marijuana Laws

  • December 15th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

What follows is a history of the significant events and court rulings that have lead up to the current laws related to medical marijuana in Michigan. 2008 – Michigan voters approve the legalization of medical marijuana. In November 2008, Michigan voters were confronted with a ballot proposal to allow physician-approved use of marijuana for certain medical

State of Michigan to Rake In At Least 80 Million Dollars Yearly From Medical Marihuana

  • December 9th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

On September 21, 2016 Governor Snyder signed into law a series of new bills that amended Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act, as set forth in Michigan Compiled Laws, sec. 333.26424, et. seq.  This series of bills is called the “Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act,” and the effective date of this package of bills was December 20, 2016. 

Requirements For Getting a Medical Marihuana Growers License in Michigan

  • December 13th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

There are at least 15 separate factors that the State of Michigan will consider before granting an applicant’s license to become a grower of medical marihuana.  Some of these factors will automatically exclude a person from consideration while others are discretionary; meaning they may exclude but will not necessarily exclude a person from becoming a

Licenses Available Under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act

  • December 14th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

Michigan recently changed or amended the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA).  This three-bill package has an effective date of December 20, 2016.  Together this three-bill package amended the “old” MMMA and created two new Acts. These are the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, and the Medical Marihuana Tracking Act. Many of the changes relate to the regulatory

Up in Smoke: Financing a Marijuana Business Under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act

  • December 8th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

Governor Snyder recently signed into law many amendments to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, as set forth in Michigan Compiled Laws, sec. 333.26424.  The new laws bare an effective date of December 20, 2016.  Some of the new provisions address the issue of financing, and look at this issue from a few different perspectives. The policy of

  • About the Author Attorney Patrick Barone is well-known and well respected throughout the legal community. As a professor, guest speaker and author he shares his knowledge of drunk-driving defense with lawyers and judges to help them better understand this complex area of law. Mr Barone is the co-author of two highly regarded books including Defending Drinking Drivers and Michigan DUI Law – a Citizen’s Guide. Also, Super Lawyers Magazine recently recognized his unique approach to law in their article “Walking in Their Shoes.”
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