Blog Archive for March 2016

New commission would establish THC level for impaired driving

by: Matt Newburg

March 24, 2016 at 5:05 PM EDT

A measure is pending before the Michigan House of Representations that would create a new commission to research and recommend the per se level of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — that could lead to an impaired driving charge.

Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug. But unlike the components in other Schedule 1 drugs, the THC in marijuana can be detected in saliva, blood, hair and urine, long after the effect on a person’s driving ability has passed. Right now, a...

Minor in possession charge inching closer to decriminalization

by: Matt Newburg

March 8, 2016 at 6:03 AM EST

Persons under the age of 21 caught consuming or purchasing alcohol may soon face a civil infraction, rather than a misdemeanor, under legislation that recently passed the Michigan Senate.

Senate Bills 332 and 333, sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), are now being considered by the House Committee on Criminal Justice. 

According to the Michigan State Police, more than 6,000 people faced minor in possession (MIP) charges in 2013. Sen. Jones has called it “outrageous” to make it a...

A bad romance: Can I get back that gift?

by: Kristin Arnett

March 3, 2016 at 11:03 AM EST

When a marriage ends in divorce, the courts help divide the parties’ personal property. However, the same cannot be said for dating relationships that fall apart. So what happens with any gifts that are exchanged during a romance that ultimately fails?

The general rule of gift-giving is that the giver relinquishes all rights as soon as the item is accepted by the recipient. Acceptance of a gift is usually obvious, through a hug or kiss, and then the recipient taking possession of the item. 

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