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Victories and commentary on the absurdity of daily struggles in the courtroom during this war on drugs.

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Three new Michigan medical marijuana bills introduced on 4/19

When the legislature banned a patient and caregiver from extracting marijuana using butane inside of a residence, the reason given was for the safety of the public. The changes to the MMMA proposed by Triston Cole do not rely on safety, or any logical reason at all. This kind of power grab is frightening. It is one thing to ban an activity, it is quite another to make extracting marijuana a 5 year felony. Triston Cole wants extracting marijuana to carry a longer sentence of 5 years in

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Sign Up For Mmma Newsletter - First Edition

We are happy to present the first MMMA newsletter: The Michigan Cannabis Advisor.   We hope that this new platform will better aid us in reaching out to our members and friends. As you all know by now, the implementation and interpretation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act has been unbelievably dynamic. It is therefore extremely important for everyone to have access to quality and up to date information. We believe that this newsletter will serve our community well as one aspect of an evol

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

State Doing Some, Not Enough To Fully Implement Citizen-approved Michigan Medical Marihuana Act

State Doing Some, Not Enough to Fully Implement Citizen-Approved Michigan Medical Marihuana Act   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-komorn   By Michael Komorn    In November of 2008, Michigan voters, by an overwhelming 2 to 1 margin, legalized the medical use of cannabis. It was a decree and acknowledgement that marihuana is medicine and that the patients who use it, and those that assist them, should be protected from arrest, prosecution or any penalty. Almost four years into the pr

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Equitable Sharing: How Local Cops Get Around State Law To Steal Your Stuff

Perhaps the most painful and profitable aspect of many police raids is the civil forfeiture process. Unlike criminal forfeiture, in civil forfeiture people do not need to be convicted or even charged with a crime to lose their cash, cars and property. Patients and caregivers in Michigan are all too familiar with this abusive police practice. My clients have had everything from cars, tv's, cash, computers, wedding rings, power tools and even priceless family heirlooms stolen from them by polic

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Medical Marijuana Users Protected Under Law, High Court Rules.

Medical marijuana users protected under law, high court rules   The Michigan Supreme Court issues first opinions regarding Medical Marihuana.   “The opinion placed great weight on the intent of voter’s initiative, recognizing the law was designed to protect patients and caregivers not create ambiguities or loopholes that allow for arrest and prosecution Many in the community, patient’s caregiver, doctors, lawyers, advocates, as well as the voters have all interpreted the law as the Supreme

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Pennsylvania will allow cannabis to treat opioid addiction

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association has submitted a petition for treating opioid dependence with medical marijuana. The public hearing for public comments will be heard on April 27, 2018. Read more about it at http://komornlaw.com/petitions              Pa. approves sale of marijuana 'flower,' and will allow cannabis to treat opioid addiction Updated: APRIL 16, 2018 — 5:58 PM EDT   by Sam Wood, Staff Writer  @samwoodiii |  s

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Komorn Law recommends keeping medical marijuana card and protections.

After the legalization of marijuana in Michigan, some patients are thinking they could stop paying the state $100 for the special mmp card , and just use the recreational marijuana law to grow their medicine. A patient with a registered card can use the ultimate defense and immunity to avoid a driving under the influence charge. Only adults 21 or over are protected by the new legalization law, but no one yet knows how the new law will affect driving privileges. Is the zero toleran

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Cannabis Coalition Unifies State In Opposition To House Bills

Cannabis Coalition Unifies State In Opposition To House Bills   PRESS RELEASE– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   For additional information please contact: Attorney Michael Komorn 248 357-2550   Cannabis Coalition Unifies State In Opposition To House Bills   Participants, patients argue current bills contain unacceptable compromises reached for the wrong reasons   Cannabis law reform activists have formed a coalition to articulate their response to the proposed House Bills regulating the Michiga

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Decriminalization, Legalization On Michigan Ballots In 2014

At least eight cities and possibly a dozen more are presenting local initiatives aimed at legalizing or decriminalizing possession, use or transfer of small amounts of marijuana on private property by persons 21 or older. Similar proposals have been on the local ballot in eight other cities thus far with everyone of them passing.   READ MORE HERE

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Legalize Marijuana? Think Of Your Dog, Says Dea Chief

This is not an Onion Article. Recently, DEA Chief Michele Leonhart said, ”There was just an article last week, and it was on pets. It was about the unanticipated or unexpected consequences of this, and how veterinarians now are seeing dogs come in, their pets come in, and being treated because they’ve been exposed to marijuana.”   She was referencing an article that ran in USA Today which featured veterinarians in Colorado talking about family pets, mostly dogs, coming in who had eaten marijua

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Mark Totten: Clearing The Bs

Earlier this week I attended a fund raiser for Michigan Attorney General Candidate Mark Totten. When he addressed the supporters at this function, it was more than refreshing to hear the honesty and integrity with which he spoke. Of course the supporters present were those from our Michigan medical marihuana community, and they were all there to hear and see what our great state would be like with Mark Totten as our Law Enforcement Leader.   Mark Totten was up front that the Medical Marihuana

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

LARA holds Meeting to Review Petitions to Add New Medical Marijuana Conditions.

As the president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, I testified before the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel earlier today in support of the 21 petitions submitted by our patient and caregiver educational non-profit organization as well as other researchers, patients and caregivers, physicians and parents who combined resources to work on the petitions. There is another meeting for the panel to vote on these conditions NEXT WEEK Friday, May 4th ,2018 at the same location.

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Medical Marijuana Review Panel approves 10 conditions

Parents and caregivers of children and persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have been fighting to try medical marijuana as an option after exhausting all other treatment options available. This fight has been going on for at least 5 years, when LARA denied the petition for autism in 2013. In 2013, the review panel voted 2 yes and 7 no votes.   The 2013 petition lacked any research or studies, so parents Dwight Z. and Dr Christian Bogner submitted a new autism petition with studies a

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Best lawyer for possession of marijuana in Michigan! Victory!

Patients and Caregivers are discriminated upon in many facets of life, be it employment, housing, education, student loans, banking, travelling, medical care, prescription medical care, parental rights... and in this case, Emergency Medical Care!   My client is a Michigan Medical Marijuana patient who was having an emergency. An ambulance picked him up, and against his hospital preference, the ambulance took him to the U of M Ann Arbor Hospital.   While at the hospital, the p

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Unanimous Michigan Supreme Court Decision Upholds Voters' Intent Of Medical Marijuana Law

Michael Komorn   President, Michigan Medical Marihuana Association   Unanimous Michigan Supreme Court Decision Upholds Voters' Intent of Medical Marijuana Law           On Thursday, May 31, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously agreed to overturn a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals and protect medical marijuana patients and caregivers, preserving the intent of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). The highest court in the state, in reviewing two cases -- Larry King in Sh

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Michigan Voters Ok Medical Marijuana – Why Are Fewer Patients Signing Up

A recent radio show on NPR featured an interview with Michael Komorn a leading medical marijuana attorney in Southfield and the president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association   In 2008, Michigan voters said yes to medical marijuana. There are reports that since 2011 it seems as if fewer patients have been signing up for medical marijuana cards. A 2013 Michigan Supreme Court ruling, patients remain protected as consumers even though sellers no longer have a clear-cut legal protection t

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

It Is Time To Stop Treating Medical Marijuana Patients Differently - A Bill Of Rights For Patients

Though Michigan’s medical marijuana law has now been on the books for a full calendar year, there is still much to be accomplished in terms of ensuring the process works more smoothly and the law does what it was intended to do: protect those using medical marijuana.   I continue to see patients and caregivers wrongly raided and charged with various crimes and, in turn, denied access to the medicine they are legally allowed to have. I have successfully defended many of these individuals includ

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Marihuana Possession In Michigan: It Was Intended To Be Medical After The Fact

I was quite surprised and upset to see a fellow brethren attorney blogging so incorrectly about the interpretation of the MMMA. Whats more, he was agreeing with a short sited, narrow interpretation of the law. You can link to his piece here.   The suggestion that a person cannot utilize the protections of the medical use of marihuana defense if they get their card after there arrest is simply not true. Nowhere in section 8 of the affirmative defenses does that statute specifically state, su

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Felony Expungements Will Be Granted Due To Hb 4210

This article details amendments to the MMMA signed into law on September 21, 2016 which are retroactive. If you were convicted of any crime due to the possession, delivery, or manufacture of cannabis oil or any cannabis-infused product, contact us to see how the new amendments affect you.   Over the past 8 years Komorn Law has vigorously represented medical marihuana patients and caregivers accused of violating the law. On July 11, 2013 the Michigan Court of Appeals in the matter of People v C

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Successful Affirmative Defense In Isabella County Exonerates Patients

Komorn Law PLLC is happy to report that the broken criminal justice system shined a light on us today. The battle in Isabella, the State v Team Fisher concluded today with a 14-page opinion that was a joy to read. The Court held that the accused had not only presented proof of the requisite elements of the section 8 defenses, but that no question of fact existed, and therefore all charges are dismissed.   To call my client and his family courageous would be an understatement. My client

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Why was medical marijuana banned?

As this news hit in the last throes of 2017, it seems appropriate to take a step back and understand why exactly marijuana was banned all of those years ago. Please continue reading to find the answers on this long and weird journey through time. Elderly Couple Stopped In Nebraska With 60 Pounds Of Weed ‘For Christmas Presents’ https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/22/572844666/elderly-couple-stopped-in-nebraska-with-60-pounds-of-weed-for-christmas-presents

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Patient, Caregiver Mistreatment Violates Michigan's Medical Marihuana Act

In November of 2008, the residents of the state of Michigan were heard, overwhelmingly approving the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act with a nearly two-thirds vote. More than three years later, the very provisions and protections afforded in the act -- that, again, a vast majority of voters approved -- are non-existent. Patients and caregivers are constantly harassed and arrested, despite going to great lengths to comply with the act.   The state's failure to provide registration cards in a time

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

U.s. Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Court Ruling: Cops Must Return Marijuana

Remember the Sheriff from Arizona who stole a California patient’s medical marijuana? He just got told by the highest court in the land to give it back.   Related: Arizona Supreme Court Sets Example for other Medical Marijuana States   The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Arizona court rulings which ordered Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmott to return the medical marijuana he seized from Valerie Okun, a California medical marijuana patient visiting Arizona. The Sheriff ignored the fact that Arizo

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Michigan Judge Karen Khalil Sends Man To Jail For 30 Days For Remaining Silent When Seated In The Courtroom - Retaliation?

Michigan Judge Karen Khalil sends man to jail for 30 days for remaining silent when seated in the courtroom - Retaliation?   "Supporting data of why it is sometimes called the Criminal Injustice System."   When you have a case, make sure you have Michigan’s premier Law Firm: Komorn Law 1800-656-3557 We fight every day to protect your constitutional rights.   http://www.lawlessamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=935%3Amichigan-judge-karen-khalil-sends-man-t

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Jury Selection In Marihuana Cases

I just picked a jury in a marihuana case, there were several perspective jurors who were excused, who will not sit on our jury because of the answers they gave during the jury voi dire. This is not the first time this has happened.   If you believe in medical cannabis, and or that Marijuana should be legal and you find yourself on a jury in a marihuana case here are some things to remember: 1. During the Jury Selection, you will be asked if you can put your personal or philosophical feelings

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn



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