Blog Archive for March 2015

Michigan Drunk Driving Law Changes... In Favor of the Driver?

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 8:09 PM EST

Michigan Public Act 315, of the 2014 Legislative Session, which amends M.C.L.  257.625a, was intended to help officers make more drugged driving arrests.  But the new law, which was effective January 12, 2015 is making things more difficult for prosecutors.

Before the amendment, Michigan law permitted a police officer require a driver submit to a preliminary chemical breath analysis if the officer has reasonable cause to believe that the person was operating a motor vehicle while...

Senate Bill 783 on Fast Track Through Michigan Senate

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 8:01 PM EST

Senate Bill 783 seems to be on the fast track through the Michigan Senate.  The Bill seeks to amend Section 7 of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act limiting where individual patients and caregivers can grow and use marijuana to aleviate their debilitating medical conditions.  Specifically the bill would allow landlords of private residental property to prohibit patients and caregivers, through the leasing documents, from growing marijuana and smoking it on the property. 

The Bill is...

WLNS News Turns to Matt Newburg to Discuss Medical Marijuana

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST

Matt Newburg on WLNS

(WLNS) – Lawmakers are still considering measures to define the future of medical marijuana in Michigan.

Legislation discussed in the senate Wednesday aims to eliminate some of the legal gray areas, but critics say lawmakers are focusing on the wrong issues.

Medical marijuana in the state of Michigan has a complicated track record. It was approved for medical use by voters in 2008, but dispensaries became illegal under a 2013 Supreme Court case.

Yet we still see them in Michigan cities.

“How...

Michigan Supreme Court takes on Medical Marijuana

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 11:54 AM EST

January 14, 2015 will be, perhaps the biggest day in the Michigan Supreme Court for Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Patients and Caregivers.  The Court will hear a total of three cases that discuss Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act and the defenses that are embodied within the statute.  The two cases that discuss the heart of Section 4 and Section 8 are Hartwick and Tuttle:

People v Richard Lee Hartwick / People v Tuttle:

Richard Hartwick, was arrested for illegally growing and...