December 15, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: NEIL ROCKIND 248-208-3800
ATTORNEYS FILE SUIT AGAINST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP OVER
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCES
Southfield, MI – The Law Offices of Thomas M. Loeb, Esq. of Farmington Hills, MI and Neil Rockind, P.C. of Southfield, MI filed a joint law suit Tuesday afternoon in the Oakland County Circuit Court against The Charter Township of Bloomfield. The case, which will be heard by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford-Morris, challenges the newly enacted restrictive Medical Marijuana Ordinances passed by the Township in late October, 2010.
According to the Complaint filed by Thomas M. Loeb, Esq. and Neil Rockind, P.C., the Charter Township of Bloomfield passed Ordinance 627, which requires that qualifying patients and caregivers register with the Bloomfield Township Police Department and provide protected and confidential information, including their name, home address, driver’s license number, and date of birth, while Ordinance 628 prohibits the cultivation or distribution of medical marijuana by any registered patient or caregiver. According to the Complaint, these two ordinances are in direct conflict with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, which is state-enacted law that preempts and supersedes any city ordinances.
Loeb and Rockind, quoting the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, stated,
‘Modern medical research, including as found by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine in a March 1999 report, has discovered beneficial uses for marihuana in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions…changing state law will have the practical effect of protecting from arrest the vast majority of seriously ill people who have a medical need to use marihuana.’
These people should have access to this medicine – Michigan law gives them that right. Further, Michigan law protects these patients and caregivers from divulging protected and confidential information. These ordinances have taken away that confidentiality and anonymity, are entirely inconsistent with Michigan law, and should therefore be rendered unenforceable and void.
The Law Offices of Thomas M. Loeb, Esq. and Neil Rockind, P.C. will hold a press conference in the Towers Watson Building at 28411 Northwestern Highway, Suite 1150, Southfield, Michigan 48034 on Wednesday December 15th, 2010 at 3 p.m. to discuss the pending lawsuit.