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Michigan MIP Law UPDATE

Proposed Changes to Michigan's MIP laws

How MSU students can keep a drug crime from jeopardizing their future

College and graduate school can be one of the most stressful times in a person's life. From sacrificing sleep to study, and from the emotions involved in deciding what you want to do with your future, it can be overwhelming and draining. Additionally, stress can be aggravated if you are struggling with depression and anxiety disorders, bipolar illnesses, and attention deficit disorders. Some students turn to drugs or alcohol to ease the stress.

New Michigan Pilot Program Could Subject Drivers to Roadside Drug Testing

Effective September 22, 2016, the State of Michigan has approved a new pilot program that would enable law enforcement to conduct roadside tests in order to determine if a driver is under the influence of any controlled substances. This new pilot program will be established in five separate counties throughout the State and will last for one year before it is evaluated for effectiveness, and a decision as to whether or not to continue the program will be made. In order for a county to be eligible to participate in the pilot program they must have a law enforcement agency, such as a state police post, a sheriff's department, or municipal police department, where at least one officer who is a certified drug recognition expert is employed. A certified drug recognition expert is a person who is trained and able to identify if a person is under the influence of illicit drugs, in addition to alcohol. The county must also create a written policy and guidelines for the implementation of their procedure, after the state police have created their own administrative rules for the new program.

The Permitted Use of Marihuana, What You Really Need to Know

In 2008, Michigan voters approved a referendum permitting the use of marihuana for medical purposes. This voter referendum led to the creation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). The MMMA creates an immunity from arrest, prosecution, and penalty for the use of marihuana by qualified patients, who are in full compliance of the Act. Additionally, the MMMA provides a defense for those who are not completely within the requirements of the Act.

Is Your Driving Making You a Cop Magnet? These 5 Driving Habits Could Be the Problem

While most drivers log thousands of miles behind the wheel with little or no law enforcement contact, others seem to attract flashing blue lights just by driving to the grocery store. If you are among this less fortunate group of drivers who seem to have become cop magnets, the reason may simply be due to some poor, but common driving habits that you can work on improving.

CAUTION FOR STUDENTS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT ON MSU CAMPUS

Michigan State University has taken a very aggressive stance on students accused of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes stalking or criminal sexual conduct (sexual assault). The university has been under increased scrutiny by the federal government as a result of numerous complaints from alleged victims who feel that perpetrators are either not dealt with or that they are dealt with in a casual and unfair manner. Increased pressure has included threats by the Feds to withhold funding from various programs at MSU. As result of the threats, a number of new personnel were hired by the university, many of them attorneys, to both modify the sexual harassment process as well as to implement the process.

Commutations

As of June 2016, President Obama has commuted the sentences of 348 persons, a number greater than that of the past seven presidents combined. Of these 348 persons, many were serving lengthy sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. Had these offenders been sentenced under current sentencing guidelines, they would have already served their time and been released from prison.

Michigan Legislature Takes Aim at Revenge Porn

This May, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a series of bills aimed at preventing the practice of posting sexually explicit photos of a person online without their consent. Commonly known as "revenge porn," this often occurs after a romantic relationship comes to a turbulent end.

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