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Medical Marijuana Laws

Michigan Legislature Revisiting Medical Marijuana Laws

Medical Marijuana Laws
Since Michigan Medical Marihuana Act passed in 2008, the state legislature makes it difficult for patients who depend on this treatment to obtain it. If legal roadblocks have affected you, finding it impossible to legally access the medical marijuana that you need, a criminal defense attorney is your best ally in navigating this process effectively.

After the original law passed in 2008, dispensaries selling medibles increased across the state of Michigan. However, in 2013 Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that all forms of non-smokable marijuana is illegal, leaving those who need and use medical marijuana without many options.

Michigan is one of three of 23 states that allow medical marijuana. For now the only legal way for 100,000 state approved users who need medicinal marijuana in Michigan to obtain it is to grow their own or purchase it from a designated caregiver. However, designated caregivers are limited at this time to only having five patients.

Recently, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee began new hearings regarding two medical marijuana bills. The new laws, if passed, will be looking to make both dispensaries and medibles legal possibilities to those who need them in Michigan. These two bills passed last year in the House, but were intentionally held up in the Senate. The opposition claims that users of medical marijuana are just looking to get high and having dispensaries is just legalizing the drug.

If you are an approved user or an owner or potential owner of a dispensary and feel that your rights have been violated, you have come to the right place. The expert criminal defense attorneys in Cass County and surrounding areas at Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC, are here to help. For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact us at 269.982.1100 or visit www.AttorneyPeterJohnson.com.

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Sex Offender registration act

What to Do with the Federal Decision re Michigan SORA

Sex Offender registration act
Recently, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled portions of Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry law unconstitutional. This ruling will effect future restrictions and guidelines that registrants must follow in regards to school zones and reporting requirements. There are a lot of questions that surround the court’s ruling. To understand the details of this ruling and what’s at stake, it’s important to work with an experienced sex offender attorney.

For now the courts rulings only fully protect those who filed in the lawsuit, but this does open doors for others on the registry. The ruling found that the 1000-foot school safety zone is unconstitutional, because the boundaries of these zones are not clear. Even most law officials cannot tell where the zones begin or end. This doesn’t stop law officials from making possible arrests. It is still advised to not live, work or venture into these zones until the law has more clarity.

The ruling found that registrants do not immediately have to report new email addresses, instant messaging accounts, or other devices for postings and internet communications. However, registrants still must report such online communication tools by their regular verification dates. These should still be reported in-person. The court has not made a decision yet on whether or not in-person reporting is unconstitutionally burdensome.

It is best to keep up to date on the latest information surrounding the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act. With the recent court’s ruling the legislature may choose to rewrite some parts of the law that were questioned during ruling or it may work to provide stronger guidelines surrounding the law. The law will most likely change and registrant obligations will change as well. It’s important to follow these changes to avoid violations and penalties.

The Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC, is an experienced and reputable sex offender attorney in Berrien County and surrounding areas ready to fight for your rights. There are many questions surrounding the ruling and you deserve the most freedom the law allows. If you feel that your rights have been violated or feel this ruling may affect your case, contact us for further assistance by scheduling an appointment at 269.982.1100 or visit www.AttorneyPeterJohnson.com.

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