Monthly Archives: August 2010

More information on last night’s medical marijuana raid…

Cops raid Ferndale medical pot shop

Co-owner says items were also seized from his home

A Ferndale business that opened in June to sell marijuana for medical use was raided Wednesday evening by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Team, though authorities wouldn’t say why.

Three people in the clinic were arrested including two men and one woman, said Ryan Richmond, co-owner of Clinical Relief in Ferndale. The store is is located at 362 Hilton.

Marijuana, patients’ documents, computers, files and security cameras were taken from the business, he said.

“We can’t get a reason why,” he said.

Richmond said his home was also raided around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. He said a laptop, hunting rifles in the basement and patient files were taken.

His other Clinical Relief business in Lansing was not raided, he said.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t released much information this morning. Maj. Bob Smith said they executed arrests and search warrants in a major narcotics investigation and will release more information today at 3:30 p.m. during a news conference with the Oakland County Prosecutor.

The raid came two days after the Ferndale City Council voted to end the city’s three-month moratorium on such businesses and allow them to open in three districts.

All are commercial areas and none is near the downtown, City Manager Bob Bruner said Wednesday. Mayor Pro Tem Kate Baker said she expected the city “to broaden the areas somewhat” in the next few months.

Clinical Relief is outside the newly zoned areas but was to be grandfathered in as an approved site, city officials said.

Ferndale has a stack of applications from people hoping to start medical-marijuana businesses, Bruner said.

The applicants can expect to hear soon about whether they’re approved to open.

via The Detroit Free Press

The Balance of Power is about to Shift

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver to resign

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver will announce her resignation today, giving Gov. Jennifer Granholm the opportunity to appoint a replacement and tip the majority on the court from Republican to Democrat.

Weaver, of Glen Arbor, told her local newspaper for a story published this morning that Granholm has agreed to appoint an independent-minded northern Michigan judge, and said her first choice is Appeals Court Judge Alton Davis.

Granholm has scheduled a news conference for noon in Lansing.

Weaver’s surprise announcement came after years of public rancor on the court that pitted her against the other Republican-nominated justices, Maura Corrigan, Stephen Markman and Robert Young Jr. (and former Chief Justice Clifford Taylor, who lost his re-election bid in 2008). Five years ago, she announced her intention to resign, but subsequently changed her mind.

Weaver, a lifelong Republican, was preparing to run for re-election this year as an independent.

The resignation will give Democrats at least a temporary majority on the court after more than a decade of Republican dominance.

It also further clouds this year’s Supreme Court election picture. State Republicans and Democrats both meet in convention this weekend to nominate justices for two seats on the court, those held by Weaver and Young.

Young is expected to be re-nominated, along with either Wayne County Judge Mary Beth Kelly or Appeals Judge Jane Markey. Democratic hopefuls include Oakland County Judge Denise Lankford Morris, Wayne County judges Robert Colombo Jr. and Deborah Thomas and Southfield District Judge Sheila Johnson.

Robert Labrant, vice president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce who has directed the chamber’s efforts to secure a pro-business majority on the court, said Weaver’s decision could deliver a crushing blow to the GOP’s hope of retaining a majority on the court in 2011.

If her replacement receives the incumbency designation on the ballot, which Labrant said he believes is likely, it will be “very difficult” to regain the seat, he said.

via The Detroit Free Press

This is just the beginning…

15 arrested at medical marijuana facilities in Oakland County

Area police officers and Oakland County sheriff’s deputies arrested 15 people Wednesday night in connection with allegations that two medical marijuana facilities were violating medical marijuana laws.

Officers raided Clinical Relief on Hilton Street in Ferndale and Everybody’s Café on Airport Road in Waterford Township, police said. In addition, private residences in Oakland and Macomb counties were raided, police said.

Items seized during the raids included records, police said.

A press conference detailing the raids will be held this afternoon.

via The Detroit News

Our Latest Battle: 2nd Amendment Rights

Over the past couple of months we at NRPC have been defending an individual charged with carrying a concealed weapon contrary to Michigan law. I know what many of you might be thinking: “What’s the defense? A guy carrying a concealed weapon without a permit – pretty cut and dry.” And herein lies the rub. Our client POSSESSED and currently possesses a valid concealed weapons permit. You read that right: Our client is charged with carrying a concealed weapon even though he had/has a valid permit to do so. Granted, the permit was issued by Pennsylvania, which, according to the Oakland Prosecutor’s office, makes it invalid. Yet, even the police department, in their official report, admitted that his permit was valid. Despite (and perhaps in spite of) these facts, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office brought  formal charges – due to the fact that his permit wasn’t issued by Michigan.

To date we have filed 4 separate Motions and Briefs totaling over 150 pages of writing (including attachments), including a lengthy and in-depth Brief arguing the unconstitutionality of both the law and this charge in light of the recent Supreme Court Case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, 2010 U.S. LEXIS 5523 (June 28th, 2010).

Please find a copy of our Brief here: Motion and Brief to Dismiss on Constitutional Grounds

We strongly believe in your 2nd Amendment Rights and Neil Rockind, P.C. is extremely experienced in handling all types of weapon offenses. If you or a loved one is faced with a criminal charge or an investigation by any policing agency regarding a weapons offense, please contact Neil Rockind, P.C. at jmellas@rockindpc.com or call our office directly at 248-208-3800.

The Medical Marijuana Debate Continues

Michigan bill aims to ban medical marijuana club

LANSING — Legislation headed for the Michigan House seeks to ban marijuana clubs that have opened since voters approved use of the drug for medical purposes in 2008.

Republican Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge said today he is introducing legislation to ban the clubs because marijuana users shouldn’t be encouraged to drive. Jones said it’s a safety risk, and people authorized to use marijuana should do so at home.

Marijuana club owners said there’s nothing prohibiting them from operating, and they provide an important service. There are pending court cases involving some club owners that could set precedents for how they’re allowed to operate.

The House bill would punish violators with up to 90 days in jail.

via Associated Press

Another Satisfied Client…

Last week we received this email from a recent client who was charged with 2 counts of welfare fraud:

“Hi Neil,

Hope you are having a great summer and that all is well!

I just wanted to extend my gratitude for ordering the proof of paperwork for the deletion of my records and\or fingerprints.

You are a great lawyer!!

Sometimes people listen, but they still don’t hear you, thank you for hearing me every time you listened, it meant so much.

I truly appreciate and will not forget your every effort!!

Thanks so much:)”

For those who are curious, after months of preparation and many discussions with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, both felony counts were dismissed at the exam!

Neil Rockind, P.C. is extremely experienced handling criminal cases of all types. If you or a loved one is faced with a welfare fraud charge or investigation or any other criminal charge, please contact Neil Rockind, P.C. at jmellas@rockindpc.com or call our office directly at 248-208-3800.