It has been nearly seven years since Michigan voters passed a referendum to legalize medical marijuana in the state. However, people continue to get arrested for growing and selling medical marijuana, forcing the state Supreme Court to interpret the law time and again.
If you are one of the approximately 800,000 people who own a motorboat in Michigan, you should be aware that the state has been strengthening measures to prevent drunk driving of watercraft. Drunk boating has repeatedly been cited as the leading cause of fatal accidents on the water, and contributes annually to non-fatal accidents and collisions.
Reform of the criminal justice system has been on the minds of many people in Michigan lately, after President Obama’s recent speech calling for the end of over incarceration and later visit to a prison. As we discussed back on July 15, Obama spoke to at the NAACP’s national convention, where he noted how mandatory minimum sentencing has disproportionally and dramatically affected America’s African American and Latino communities, and how people often have few opportunities to turn their lives around after leaving prison.
A 30-year-old man from Michigan was recently arrested for possessing drugs and allegedly trying to traffic them after he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. During the stop, police noticed the man's pockets were very full. Upon inspection, the man showed the police officers the three bags of oxycodone pills he had in his pockets. The man was arrested and is awaiting trial.
In one of his most aggressive speeches ever on the subject, President Obama recently called for sweeping reform the U.S. criminal justice system, saying that “hopelessness and despair” caused by over-incarceration, especially of African Americans and Latinos, make the system fall short of what it should be.
A few weeks back, we discussed comments by the Ingham County prosecutor that his office has seen a jump in embezzlement charges in the past couple of years. Embezzlement is a serious charge, but it is possible to avoid prison time, as a recent case shows.
Effective August 18, 2015, young people between the ages of 21 and 24 who have committed a criminal offense will be eligible to claim youthful trainee status and, upon successful completion of a probationary term, obtain a clean criminal record.