Local Zoning Restrictions NOT preempted by Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA)

January 26, 2021

In an unpublished opinion, we affirmed the trial court’s September 2017 order determining that plaintiff’s, the Charter Township of Ypsilanti, zoning ordinance directly conflicted with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), MCL 333.26421 et seq., and thus was preempted by the MMMA.

Washtenaw prosecutor won’t charge people for marijuana, shrooms, other psychedelics

January 12, 2021

MGC fully supports our progressive prosecutor in this announcement, shifting the priorities of his office and recognizing the war on drugs has failed!

New Washtenaw County prosecutor will stop seeking cash bail

January 6, 2021

MGC welcomes Eli Savit and his new progressive bail policies to Washtenaw County, MI. Washtenaw County’s newly elected prosecutor announced Monday that his office will no longer seek cash bail in criminal cases, saying it discriminates against poor people and perpetuates racial inequities in the justice system.

Whitmer signs bills offering more alternatives to jail time for traffic offenses, low-level crimes

January 6, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed bipartisan legislation aimed at providing more alternatives to jail time for offenses that don’t pose a public safety risk, among other reforms to the state’s criminal justice system.

Immigration: Trump Administration Executive Orders are Overruled by Federal Courts

December 11, 2020

In the recent weeks there have been a series of federal court decisions overruling illegal Executive Orders promulgated by the Trump Administration. Attorney Carlos E. Sandoval explains that these decisions are considered major victories for many immigrants whose legal stay in the United States depends on certain programs.

McCormack, Gilchrist Steer Criminal Justice Reform Committee

December 7, 2020

Margolis, Gallagher, and Cross congratulate Chief Justice McCormack and Lt. Gov Gilchrist for being recognized for their work on behalf of criminal justice reform.

Criminal Record Expungement Bill

December 2, 2020

LANSING, MI – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a bill package that provides a framework for thousands of Michigan residents to seal prior criminal records from public view.

Interim Settlement Will Improve Mental Health Treatment of NGRI Patients

December 1, 2020

MDHHS to Develop New NGRI Protocols Lansing, MI – Disability Rights Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reached an Interim Settlement Agreement in a lawsuit, restoring the rights of individuals deemed not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI).

Order Adopting R&R in Part

July 7, 2020

View The Full PDF Here Before the Court are Plaintiff’s objections to Magistrate Judge Patricia T. Morris’ March 30, 2020 Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 26) recommending that Defendants’ motions to dismiss be granted. ECF No. 26. For the reasons that follow, the objections will be sustained in part and the Report and Recommendation will […]

Fourth Circuit Opinion Opioid Case

June 22, 2020

View the PDF PUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 19-4656 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff – Appellee, v. FELIX BRIZUELA, JR., Defendant – Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, at Clarksburg. Irene M. Keeley, Senior District Judge. (1:18-cr−00001-IMK-MJA-1) Submitted: March 26, […]