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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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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

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

$455,000 Seized From Medical Marijuana Patient Under Civil Asset Forfeiture

From: http://komornlaw.com/komornlawblog/455000-seized-from-medical-marijuana-patient-under-civil-asset-forfeiture/   Steve Oates, a medical marijuana patient residing in Goodyear, Arizona, was raided by members of the local police department, DEA, and SWAT Team in March of 2013. Like many medical marijuana patients, he didn’t feel comfortable asking strangers or surfing Craigslist to find out where he could obtain his cannabis, so applied to grow his own. He was approved by the state in what

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Cautious Optimism For Approval Of New Medical Marijuana Conditions

Last August, the state began assembling a medical marihuana review panel, with the ultimate goal of finally hearing arguments to add new conditions to the Michigan Medical Marihuana registry. Now, with the help of that panel, more than four years after Michigan residents approved the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), the registry is close to adding its first new condition -- Parkinson's disease. On Friday, January 25, the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs review panel

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

Man Shoots At Police During No-Knock Raid; Now Faces The Death Penalty

Marvin Guy is facing capital murder in Killeen, Texas for shooting and killing a SWAT officer that was executing a no-knock, pre-dawn drug raid and Mr. Guy’s home where he was in bed with his wife. No drugs were found and the raid was apparently based on a bogus tip. [http://thefreethoughtproject.com/prosecutor-seeking-death-penalty-officer-killed-knock-raid/] Under Texas law, it is not a defense to resisting arrest that the search or arrest is unlawful. With a no-knock, pre-dawn raid there is n

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Cops Are Waging A War Against Our Children

Many of you may remember the story of Jesse Snodgrass, a student who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and was arrested by an undercover cop in his high school. The drug war has claimed many victims and has labeled not only medical marijuana patients suffering from debilitating pain and illness in Michigan as enemy combatants, but has now added our kids to that list. In a society that has become numb to mass shootings and ultra-violent acts committed each day, we must question whether we want t

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

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

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

Gretchen Whitmer Stands With The Medical Marijuana Community

The Planet Green Trees Radio team was delighted to have Michigan Senator and Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer on the show this past Thursday. We discussed the recent passage of Senate Bill 660, which would authorize Pharmacies to dispense prescription cannabis if the Federal Government removes the drug from its current Schedule I status.   To read the full post, please visit the Komorn Law Blog at http://komornlaw.com/komornlawblog/gretchen-whitmer-stands-with-michigans-medical-marij

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

Man Won't Face Jail For Technical Violation Of Medical Marijuana Law

Man won't face jail for technical violation of medical marijuana law   Unfortunately all too often we are seeing these types of cases reported in the media regarding the MMMA. I take issue with these conclusions.   The law allows each patient 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana and to cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants kept in an enclosed, locked facility. Any registered caregiver can have up to that amount for each patient registered to them (with a maximum of six), including the grower, if eac

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Michigan State Bar Marihuana Section - First Meeting

Recent national articles have embarrassed the state of Michigan. It does not take much reading or news watching to discover that Michigan's national spotlight is not anything to brag about. The Governor is facing controversy over his leadership in the Flint water crisis. Some are calling the situation a human rights violation, and enough voices have been heard to draw a federal investigation (1). Also according to the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity, Michigan ranks last in laws

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Banks Will Now Accept Deposits From Legal Marijuana Dispensaries

US Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday that the Obama Administration will announce regulations that allow banks to do business with legal sellers of marijuana. Holder made an appearance at the University of Virginia on Thursday, 1/23/14, and highlighted the concern of what to do with all the cash generated at dispensaries. ”You don’t want just huge amounts of cash in these places. They want to be able to use the banking system…There’s a public safety component to this. Huge amounts of

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

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

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

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

Komorn Law And Mmma File Class-Action Suit Against Msp And Oakland Sheriff

In the Federal Eastern District Court yesterday, Komorn Law and the MMMA filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all medical marijuana patients and their caregivers who depend on the medical use of cannabis oil or products infused with marijuana, such as edible preparations. The lawsuit seeks to enjoin the Michigan State Police and Oakland County Sheriff’s Forensic Laboratories from creating reports falsely stating that medical marijuana preparations are a synthetic schedule 1 drug, with no me

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Hope - Autism As A New Condition For The Mmma Program

"Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all." ― Emily Dickinson   "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." ― William Faulkner   "We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that's like saying you can never change your fate." ― Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses   Hope keeps us going; hope is important. It is remaining in the game, believing that things

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Making A Federal Case Out Of Marijuana

Our client, a medical marijuana patient registered with the State of Michigan, was out for a boat ride and some fishing on his friend’s boat. What started out as a glorious day with intentions of sun and fishing on the Detroit river later turned into federal charges of possession of marijuana (21 USC 844, 21 USC 844a) when a Border Patrol agent pulled up to them and wanted to search their vessel.   Related: Michigan law regarding marijuana manufacture, delivery, and possession   The federal

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

Medical Marijuana Victory in Clarkston!

Komorn Law, PLLC and Attorney Allen Peisner are proud to report the well-deserved dismissal of all marihuana charges for a young man and his family. We are proud about this one for many reasons. It is well understood that this jurisdiction (Clarkston - in the heart of Oakland County) is not known to be friendly to medical marijuana patients. In fact, in this venue at the arraignment, this particular Judge as a matter of practice tells the presumptively innocent patient that they must decide if t

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

The Path To Amnesty For Persons Investigated, Arrested, Prosecuted, Convicted For Marihuana Charges, Related To Possessing Non-Plant Medical Marihuana

What Happened?   On Tuesday September 22, 2016 Governor Rick Snyder signed into law several new bills allowing a state wide regulated licensing scheme for the Medical Marihuana Industry (House Bill 4209 – The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act). Unlike The Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Act, which created a new law, House Bill 4210 amended the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. The MMMA was specifically amended by changing the title and sections 3, 4, 6, and 7 (MCL 333.26423, 333.26

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn

The Mmma- Operation 26%

THE MMMA- OPERATION 26%       April 17, 2012     Regarding: HB 4834, HB 4851, HB 4853, HB 4856     Dear Medical Cannabis Community,     The above referenced bills were adopted by the House Judiciary Committee.Very soon these bills will be on the House floor for further amendments with the final vote requiring a 75% super majority.     Operation 26%’s objective is a full scale, grass roots, community response to these bills. It is aimed at reaching th

Michael Komorn

Michael Komorn



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