Ruling in Mexico Sets Into Motion Legal Marijuana

November 5, 2015: The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana on Wednesday, delivering a pointed challenge to the nation’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against … [Read more...]

Prosecutors, crime labs circumvent Michigan’s medical marijuana law, attorney charges

October 30, 2015: OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – An attorney claims prosecutors pressured state police crime labs to change the way THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is reported in an effort to circumvent Michigan's medical marijuana law. Michael Komorn alleges scientists were told to report … [Read more...]

Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on marijuana

October 28, 2015: Legalization has become a sticky issue in the 2016 election. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) When the candidates take the stage in Boulder, Colo., on Wednesday night for the third Republican debate, they will do so in a state that effectively became the premiere test case for … [Read more...]

Gov. Rick Snyder: It’s time to address Michigan’s pain pill problem

October 26, 2015: DETROIT, MI -- Michigan has a pill problem, says Gov. Rick Snyder. The number of prescribed Schedule II pills quadrupled from 180 million to 745 million in eight years, he said. "It's a tragic topic," said Snyder. "This has truly become a national crisis, and it's not … [Read more...]

Same Struggles, New Approach: Marijuana Reform Bills Enter Congress

Friday marked a monumental day for the House as Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) filed bills that aim to change the legal nature of marijuana in the both on the domestic front as well as globally. Working in tandem, these bills take a multifaceted approach to … [Read more...]

Police seize property and cash in questionable raids

Police seized more than $24 million in assets from Michiganders in 2013, under asset forfeiture laws. In many cases the citizens were never charged with a crime but lost their property anyway. Thomas Williams was alone that November morning in 2013 when police raided his rural St. Joseph County … [Read more...]

Marijuana backers cool with AG nominee

Marijuana advocates say they aren't nervous about Loretta Lynch's personal pot politics, even after President Obama’s choice to serve as the nation’s top cop voiced strong opposition to the drug’s legalization this week. “I not only do not support legalization, it’s not the position … [Read more...]

A place where pro-marijuana advocates and anti-drug Sens. Grassley, Feinstein agree

Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Dianne Feinstein are united in their opposition to ceding the war on drugs. Last week, they sent a joint letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and one to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing their concerns that the legalization of marijuana in some … [Read more...]

Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the … [Read more...]

Michigan Legislature OKs bills to target drugged driving

LANSING The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to bills designed to give police more tools to arrest drivers under the influence of drugs. The legislation sent to Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday would allow a preliminary roadside analysis not just for suspected alcohol use but also for … [Read more...]

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