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    Michael A. Komorn focuses on medical marijuana representation. He is the president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association (MMMA), a nonprofit patient advocacy group with over 32,000 members, which advocates for medical marijuana patients and caregiver rights. Mr. Komorn is also an experienced defense attorney successfully representing many wrongfully accused medical marijuana patients and caregivers. He is a member of the Criminal Law and Marijuana Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan.

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  1. What sticks in my craw is that the only reason this is happening is because of polling and political wind. Has anything changed in the past 10 years about the science? About the safety? About the prescription drug deaths? The incarceration rates? The usage rates? The racist policing and court sentences? The asset forfeiture? The gangs, cartels, black markets? The gray markets operating legally under state law but not under federal law? The absolute zeal and fight to the death that prosecutors attack medical marijuana patients with? NO! Nothing has changed, except the polling. No one is going to give you an apology for keeping a plant illegal. Only Dr. Sanjay Gupta has apologized. You think Chuck Schumer will ever apologize? Or any of the Democrats and Republicans who have voted to keep marijuana illegal all of these years, that are now turning around and saying we should legalize it? Nah, just crickets from Gov Cuomo and former AG Eric Holder and President Obama. https://www.marijuanamoment.net/gop-silences-congressional-apology-for-war-on-drugs/ Look at the summary and conclusions of the New York State marijuana legalizing report. Read the executive summary: http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/new-york-state-legalizing-marijuana-executive_summary_07-13-18.pdf Or read the Full Report http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/new-york-state-marijuana-report.pdf
  2. We have come a long way from 2013, when a parent submitted the first petition to add Autism as a qualifying condition within the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. It was ultimately rejected due to a lack of any research materials and testimony. http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Final_Determination_Autism_436526_7.pdf In 2014, a Parent tried to submit a new Autism petition with some testimony about physicians treating Autism patients who qualify due to also having epilepsy. LARA rejected this petition because it said it had "issued its final decision" on Autism and would not reconsider new evidence. Komorn Law stepped in to protect the rights of the petitioner and her family member with Autism. We filed a lawsuit against LARA to force them to hear the new petition with the new testimony and new scientific research. After stalling for months and months in court, LARA gave up the fight and decided to hear the petition. The Medical Marihuana Review Panel held a public meeting and took public testimony. But the patient advocate panel member noticed that LARA had withheld the scientific research presented with the petition, depriving the review panel from the evidence! The panel postponed the vote on adding Autism until they had a chance to review the information. ARE YOU SERIOUS? LARA HOLDING THE SCIENCE FROM THE PANEL? https://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2015/07/michigan_panel_delays_decision.html Dr. Christian Bogner testified in support of treating Autism with medical marijuana. He described his scientific theory on why Autism has been increasing, restated here on the Dr. Nandi show shortly after he testified in 2015. After hearing all of these parents begging for any option of a remedy to help their families, the review panel voted to recommend adding Autism as a condition in 2015. https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-79571_79575_79582-358181--,00.html Mike Zimmer, the Director of LARA, issued a 4 page opinion on why he was rejecting adding Autism as a qualifying condition to the MMMA. In his opinion he stated multiple reasons why he was rejecting the condition. The petition used some language describing symptoms as "severe autism" but the petition was only for "autism" not "severe autism" , thus any person with "autism" could qualify for the medical use of marihuana. A lack of clinical based studies and scientific evidence and research on marijuana and Autism. That the MMMA did not require a physician recommending marihuana to be an expert in Autism or marihuana. That the "petition failed to acknowledge the direct impact on children" Some of the forms of delivery of medical marijuana (oils, extracts and edibles) advocated by those appearing at public hearing would not appear to be authorized under the MMMA. Mr. Zimmer was saying that because of a court opinion, he thought that some forms of medical marijuana were illegal. http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Final_Determination_Medical_Marihuana_Autism_08272015_554191_7.pdf We were completely knocked out by this denial and rejection. LARA Director Mike Zimmer delivered a knock out. We dotted the i's and crossed the t's, we played the court game, we forced LARA to hear a new Autism petition with physicians and parents testifying. Autism was fully rejected in 2015. That did not stop the parents, the families who have to deal and cope and live with Autism every day. This fight for a non-toxic medicine was far from over. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/28/agency-rejects-marijuana-autistic-kids/32486185/ https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/07/18/medical-marijuana-cannabis-autism-seizures-cbd-thc-stoned-prohibition/30360041/ Meanwhile, other petitions have been rejected 2013-2016 , including Anxiety, Parkinson's Disease, Asthma, Insomnia, Manic Depression and Retinitis Pigmentosa. Only Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been approved as a new condition. https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-79571_79575_79582-360123--,00.html Some of the petitions were denied due to there only being 6 panel members attending the public meetings. LARA decided that this was too few and would deny the conditions based on this "quorum" rule, that they themselves created. After some back and forth they finally changed this and made the administrative rules right. LARA did not reevaluate its decisions on the petitions that were rejected for a bogus internal reason however. Since almost every petition to add a new condition had been defeated, any morale and fighting spirit to continue petitioning for new conditions had petered out. LARA continued to add more and more hoops for petitioners, requiring that any petition to add a condition now MUST HAVE scientific research attached or it would be instantly rejected. That requirement sound reasonable, we all want our medical decisions to be based in science and peer-reviewed medical journals. However, the absurdity of this research requirement is illustrated by the actions of the National Institute of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which grants funding for research on medicine. Back in 2010, the New York Times asked NIDA what kind of research they fund on marijuana. https://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/health/policy/19marijuana.html The article goes on to detail multiple researchers who have waited YEARS to research marijuana benefits, not even requesting a grant, but self or privately funded research gets delayed. This delay, roadblock and hoop jumping is typical with research on marijuana, and it continues to this day. Researchers have even been "let go" for trying to research marijuana. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/weeded-out-how-the-u-of-a-fired-pot-researcher-sue-sisley-after-a-state-senator-complained-6635510 Local Michigan parent and 2015 Autism petitioner Dwight Zahringer, blogging his journey with Autism at the AutismDad website, did not give up on his son. Dwight was ready for another FIGHT, another petition. Something to help his child and all of the other families struggling with the terribly debilitating Autism diagnosis. The fight was on again! After losing so badly in 2015, we wanted to make sure we studied our failures as well as the weaknesses of the process of petitioning. Our new strategy going forwards was to study every single comment and complaint that every LARA director and LARA employee and review panel member made on the petitions over the last 5 years. Dwight was very patient waiting for us as we spent a year working on this project. After we learned each and every concern, complaint and comment , we used that information to build a massive resource of peer-reviewed scientific and medical research on marijuana to present to the review panel. Encouraged by the community and by her own son's transformation from an angry punching autism ball of anxiety into a loving child again, Michigan mom Amie Carter stepped up to be the petitioner on the 2018 petition. We took the original 2015 petition, cleaned it up, added new research from the past 3 years and resubmitted it in January 2018. While there has not been much research for marijuana and autism in the past 3 years, there has been a lot of research on the safety of marijuana and medical marijuana. We submitted many studies on the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana so that the panel could see the difference between the conventional and traditional treatment for autism versus medical marijuana. As all of the research and government reports have shown from years and years of research, marijuana is non-toxic, has no long term physical or mental effects and very few serious side effects. The most common side effects being drowsiness, euphoria, dry mouth and fatigue. This is in vast contrast to the serious, dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects of the prescription drugs that autism patients are routinely prescribed on a daily basis. http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/about/firstyearreport.html We waited for LARA to review our petitions. Three months later LARA scheduled two public meetings for our petitions. The review panel is appointed by the Governor of Michigan and composed of physicians and one non-physician patient advocate. Only one of the physicians on the panel had intimate knowledge and had treated medical marijuana patients. On April 27th 2018, the review panel held a public meeting for public testimony in Lansing. Due to LARA's stonewalling and discouraging of petitions over the years, almost everyone had given up on the petition process. Less than a dozen people testified in support of the conditions at the April 27th 2018 meeting. No one testified in opposition to the conditions. This is in stark contrast to the many families who showed up in 2015 to testify in support, and went to the panel begging for their help to allow them to use a non toxic medicine for Autism. The second meeting on May 4th 2018 was for the review panel to vote on the conditions. The panel at times argued different ideas and points about the law, petitions, the research, the lack of research and their experience in treating patients with the conditions. After the panel approved of 10 conditions, we had to wait again. The director of LARA has 180 days (July) from when the petitions are submitted (January) to decide to add or reject adding a new qualifying condition to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. Finally the day had come. One day before July 10th 2018, the 180th day limit to decide on the petitions, LARA Director Shelly Edgerton approved the conditions that the medical marijuana review panel had recommended. Five years of fighting for some relief from self injuring behavior. Five years of fighting for chronic irritability, screaming, punching, anxiety, compulsive tics and behavior and other autism symptoms. Medical Marihuana is just now an OPTION, another tool, another medicine, another thing to TRY. Five years of knock outs, bloody knuckles, bruised egos, black eyes, screaming, begging, pleading, rejection, scorn, hatred and crying. Friendships were forged and bridges were burned, physicians who we thought were there for us turned around and withdrew their support at the drop of a hat. Finally parents can breathe a small sigh of relief. A massive team effort of people, families, physicians, researchers, petitioners and organizers came together at random to work on this. As the president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, I am proud to have been part of this process. I hope that the families who benefit, and the families who don't benefit share their experiences in trying medical marijuana for autism, so that we can advance science and knowledge of this condition and the cannabis plant. I also call on the governments of the world to encourage and conduct clinical trials of medical marijuana for diseases. To date, the FDA and National Institute of Health and National Institute of Drug Abuse have refused to fund research into medical marijuana.
  3. Changes are afoot at LARA. I suggested this a few times to LARA, that they should use the same online registration that Physicians, Pharmacists and Nurses use at LARA to register for licenses online. Also that we should switch to paper licenses, instead of the hard plastic cards. If the paper licenses are good enough for Pharmacists, Physicians and Nurses, they are good enough for Medical Marijuana Patients and Caregivers. Why waste time and money on certified mail, lost mail, postage, calling to check on paperwork, missing check boxes and missing signatures and all of those paper cuts and copies? LARA has to scan all of those documents, and keep them forever too. LARA HAS ISSUED NEW PATIENT FORMS , PLEASE USE THE NEW FORMS OTHERWISE THEY MAY REJECT YOUR APPLICATIONS. https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-79571-472407--,00.html
  4. Parents and physicians have been fighting for years to get Autism added as a qualifying condition to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program. Today Shelly Edgerton, the Director of LARA, the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in Michigan, approved adding Autism to the list of qualifying Conditions. Adding Autism was not done willy-nilly, there was the recommendation of the physicians of the Medical Marihuana Review Panel, thousands of pages of research and nearly 100 peer-reviewed published studies on Autism and medical marijuana. We wish to specifically thank all of the petitioners, researchers and physicians who drafted, researched and helped with the petitions and the people who testified at the meetings and wrote letters of support, as well as all of the petitioners from 3 years ago and all of the parents and families who came to give testimony and showed up in Lansing year after year. You never gave up, we were ready to fight this one all the way. Special thanks to : Dwight Z the AutismDad Jamie Cooper Amie Carter Josey and Dakota of https://www.sonsanddaughtersunited.org/ Dr. Christian Bogner of Oxford Recovery Center As well as a lot of others who helped tirelessly, if you want your name listed publicly please let me know! We also wish to thank those physicians (Dr. David Crocker especially) and non physician (David Brogren) on the Michigan medical marihuana review panel who spent countless hours reading all of the petitions and research and debating it in public open meetings in Lansing. If you want to read the petitions , or read the peer-reviewed published research that was attached to the petitions, you can do so here at http://komornlaw.com/petitions/ . Autism, 10 other medical issues, now qualify patients for medical marijuana Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News Published 1:30 p.m. ET July 9, 2018 | Updated 1:35 p.m. ET July 9, 2018 Lansing — People with autism may now legally use medical marijuana to treat their condition under new rules approved by a Michigan regulatory agency. Autism was one of the 11 new medical issues state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Shelly Edgerton approved Monday for inclusion on the list of debilitating medical conditions that can qualify someone for a medical marijuana license. Edgerton denied 11 other conditions for inclusion on the list. The additions were based in part on “changes in state law to include marihuana-infused products, and the advancement of marihuana research, and upon the recommendation of the panel members,” Edgerton said in a statement. The list, which significantly expands treatment options under the 2008 voter-approved law, was approved and recommended by the Medical Marihuana Review Panel in May and June after the panel received and considered public comment on the conditions. The approval of autism as a condition that qualifies for medical marijuana marks a change for the state regulatory agency, which rejected an autism recommendation in 2015. In May, the addition of autism won the support of Michigan’s chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, who chairs the review panel and had formerly opposed the measure. Wells said medical providers have had more “knowledge and experience with entertaining alternative treatments” in the past few years. The new proposal also differs from the one in 2015 because it allows medical pot treatment for autism, instead of any diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The full list of the 11 conditions Edgerton approved as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana includes arthritis, autism, chronic pain, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, Tourette’s syndrome and ulcerative colitis. Those conditions will be added to the list of medical issues that qualify patients for a medical marijuana license — which already includes cancer, glaucoma, hepatitis C, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, Crohn’s disease, or chronic diseases that result in severe nausea, chronic pain or seizures. Edgerton barred 11 conditions from being added to the list, including anxiety, asthma, brain injury, depression, diabetes, gastric ulcer, non-severe and non-chronic pain, organ transplant, panic attacks, schizophrenia and social anxiety disorder. eleblanc@detroitnews.com (517) 371-3661 https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/07/09/autism-conditions-patients-medical-marijuana/768168002/
  5. Prohibitionists would use the predicted _possible_ harmful societal effects of marijuana as an excuse to continue the racist war on drugs that put hundreds of thousands of people in jail in the USA each year. Eventually, people realized that if you cried WOLF enough, and no WOLF ever showed up, that you were probably just a professional WOLF troll and that your predictions were false. As is the case here in reality. https://hightimes.com/news/legalization/five-years-marijuana-legalization-what-didnt-happen/
  6. Nevada traffic deaths show 10 percent decrease since marijuana was legalized. Can this be directly attributed to marijuana? Probably not. Still, watching these numbers should tell us something useful, as marijuana is a substitute for alcohol and that alone should shrink alcohol related traffic crashes. http://mynews4.com/news/local/nevada-traffic-deaths-dropped-10-percent-in-first-11-months-of-recreational-marijuana Read more about traffic statistics and marijuana driving research at my website http://komornlaw.com/driving-research/
  7. Michael Komorn

    Moving north

    All of the ordinances against patients and caregivers are nullified by the state MMMA law, and as upheld by the Michigan Supreme Court in Ter Beek v Wyoming. http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Ter-Beek-v-Wyoming-S145816.pdf and http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/York-v-Miller-335344.pdf Some cities are still harassing patients and caregivers of course. Even cities that have dispensaries and should know better (Ypsilanti area). So... Do you poke the city's eye with this issue? Get a declaratory judgement like Mr TerBeek did ? Waste time in court etc? It is up to you. Also double check that it is the township that your new home is located in, some of these ordinances are for the city and not the township and vice versa. You could call the prosecutors office there and ask if they are enforcing that ordinance in light of Terbeek v Wyoming. They may not be enforcing the issue and just leaving it on the books in order for the township supervisors to feel better.
  8. Even in a Midterm off season election, Medical Marijuana wins all. https://yeson788.com/sq-788 https://ballotpedia.org/Oklahoma_State_Question_788,_Medical_Marijuana_Legalization_Initiative_(June_2018)
  9. No love for dispensaries or other cannabis businesses in Michigan cities / townships. http://www.macombdaily.com/special-news-reports/20180625/many-macomb-communities-take-wait-and-see-approach-to-medical-marijuana
  10. Michael Komorn

    Dispo Bay City

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  11. Anyone who knows or has met Matt has seen this giant spot on his head. Just recently he has been hitting it with some cannabis oil. Check out that before and after picture! What other skin creams can pretend to do this for you? Sure it is anecdotal evidence. When you get thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people , with visual before/after proof, its hard to ignore that this plant actually heals skin and other conditions, quickly and without any serious side effects, plus marijuana is non-toxic! If the facebook plugin is not working, here is a screenshot. facebook.com/attorneyabel/posts/10155840087148165 http://komornlaw.com/scientific-studies-cannabis-annihilates-cancer/
  12. Historic world wide news, Canada is the second country to legalize marijuana. Although Uruguay "legalized" a few years ago, you had to register and buy from specified pharmacies, so it was not true "legalization". Plus they banned selling marijuana to the foreigners. Will Canada allow sales to Americans? Will Americans want irradiated marijuana from Prairie Plant Systems? http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cannabis-pot-legalization-bill-1.4713839
  13. Did you know that NIDA (the National Institute of Drug Abuse) only grants research on the negative effects of marijuana? https://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/health/policy/19marijuana.html Still , this research continually backfires on the prohibitionist agenda at NIDA, because in a meta review of 69 different research studies, totaling over 2000 marijuana smoking youths, no significant brain changes were found. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2678214 This is obvious to any medical marijuana patient here in Michigan as we all would know immediately if our brain functions were diminished in any way. Also of significance are the smart and successful people of our generation who have used marijuana, even many past presidents, astro-physicists , scientists, physicians, lawyers, rocket scientists, etc etc. https://marijuanamajority.com/