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Michigan Legalizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Edibles

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a set of bills amending the current medical marijuana laws to include the legalization of edibles, and outlining new regulations for dispensaries [1]. The original voter-initiated medical marijuana law failed to address some issues that proved key for medical marijuana. The amendments signed by the Governor broaden the definition of “usable marijuana” […]

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Marijuana Legalization No Longer on Michigan November Ballot

On September 13, a federal judge denied a motion to stop printing Michigan election ballots until signatures supporting marijuana legalization could be validated [1]. MILegalize, a marijuana legalization advocacy group, worked diligently to collect 354,000 signatures, well over the required 252,000 signatures, to get marijuana legalization on the ballot this November. The same day the group submitted their signatures, […]

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Marijuana Breathalyzer Hits California Streets

The Oakland California Police Department has, for the first time in America, used a marijuana breathalyzer to evaluate impaired drivers [1]. Not only can the device, created by Hound Labs, evaluate impaired drivers, it can also detect recent consumption of marijuana-infused food [1]. The Oakland police conducted initial field tests by pulling over drivers who […]

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Michigan Eyes Reduced Penalties for Underage Drinking

The House Criminal Justice Committee recently approved a bill to lessen the penalties for minors caught with alcohol [1]. The bill, which passed almost unanimously in the Senate this March, reduces the punishment for a first offense of minor in possession  (commonly referred to as an MIP) from a misdemeanor, which carries up to 90 days in jail and […]

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Michigan Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Tax & Regulations

In a contentious vote, the Michigan Senate approved a long-awaited overhaul to the state’s medical marijuana law [1]. Advocates agreed that change was necessary in order to clear up confusion regarding the 2008 voter-approved medical marijuana law [2]. The bills approved by the Senate require a state operating license, which must be renewed annually, to grow, […]

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Several States Broaden Expungement Laws

For the most part, expungement laws have been extremely restrictive or completely non-existent in the United States even though expungements allow people a second chance at a clear record, and positive lifestyle. Advocates for expungement laws point to the position many ex-offenders find themselves in once they have served their time and wish to move on with […]

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Is Bond Unconstitutional?

Financial bond, commonly referred to as bail, is the assurity a person gives the court for their return to all future court proceedings [2]. Most jurisdictions use either a judge’s discretion or a bail schedule (a long list of charges corresponding to set prices based on the severity of the crime) to determine the amount of a person’s […]

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Can You Go to Jail for Refusing to Take a PBT?

On September 1st, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging a Florida law that punishes drunk-driving suspects who refuse to take a preliminary breath test (“PBT”), which measures the alcohol content in a person’s body [1]. The Court will decide whether states can impose criminal penalties on suspected drunk drivers who refuse to take a PBT. William […]

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West Virginia Seeks Changes to Expungement Law

West Virginia is working on implementing a number of initiatives that would open doors to the workforce for non-violent offenders. Senator Joe Manchin told the Register Herald, “We’re in a state where less than 50 percent of working-age adults are working [1].” Some of these people simply cannot find employment because of drug-related felony convictions. […]

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Massachusetts Senate Cracks Down on First-Time DUI Offenders

The Massachusetts state senate, hoping to prevent repeat drunk driving offenses, recently passed legislation that would require first-time drunk driving offenders to use an ignition interlock system [1]. An ignition interlock system is a breath alcohol analyzer that connects with a car’s ignition and other control systems [2]. The system prevents a car from starting if the blood […]

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