Blog Archive for May 2016

Court of Appeals ruling prevents ANY MMMA caregivers from serving more than five patients

by: Jason Osbourn

May 18, 2016 at 4:48 PM EDT

While the § 4 defense of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) is relatively clear, § 8 suffers from a high level of vagueness and ambiguity. The most recent published attempt to clarify this defense by the Michigan courts occurred in People v Bylsma, ___ Mich App ___ (2016) where the Court of Appeals was presented with the issue of the relevance of a registered caregiver-patient relationship to the assertion of immunity under § 8 of the MMMA. That court reaffirmed the Michigan Supreme...

A More Peaceful Divorce Process

by: Kristin Arnett

May 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM EDT

Divorce is difficult. Divorce is emotional. Divorce is expensive and time consuming. Even if you think that you don’t have a lot of “stuff” or you believe that you and your spouse “agree on everything,” rarely is that actually the case. Even if you don’t own much property, chances are you do have debt, which must also be divided. Whether you have been married five, ten, or fifteen years, you have accumulated things; you have joined two lives into one that now must be...

Can I drive if I’m a medical marijuana patient?

by: Jason Osbourn

May 2, 2016 at 9:45 AM EDT

In Michigan, it is a crime for a person to operate a motor vehicle with any amount of a schedule 1 controlled substance, including marijuana, in their body under MCL 257.625(8), a crime known commonly as OWI. Even trace amounts of marijuana in a person’s blood will support a conviction under this statute.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA), however, immunizes MMMA cardholders from arrest, prosecution, and penalty for the medical use of marijuana conducted within the scope of the MMMA....