One of the best things about being an authority figure is that you get to make up the rules as you go along. Like say for instance that you’re a prosecutor in Michigan where medical marijuana is pretty legal and legit, but you just don’t like marijuana so you want to charge people who use medical marijuana with felonies. No problem. Just bend a couple of laws.
That’s what prosecutors and have allegedly been doing in Michigan, at least according to the Kormon Law Firm that’s investigating them. Here’s how the scam works. The fairly vague marijuana laws in Michigan allow for patients to smoke the cannabis plant and make possession of the plant matter a misdemeanor for those not possessing a doctor’s recommendation.
But local prosecutors have found a loophole: synthetic forms of THC are a felony in the state, patient or no. And they have decided for the time being that if they want to that they can deem extracted forms of THC, like those found in your favorite dab or medicated brownie, synthetic marijuana. Which means if a Michigan prosecutor is having a bad day, they can give out felony possession charges to a medical marijuana patient with a little bit of hash oil. Actually, not only can they do that, they do do it.
Such is the case with Max Lorincz of Spring Lake, Michigan. The dude was given a misdemeanor citation for possession of a small amount of hash oil. When Lorincz plead not guilty to the charge on the basis that he was, you know, in possession of doctor-recommended THC, the prosecutor decided to up the misdemeanor to a felony possession of synthetic THC.
Want to hear the shitty part? The authorities only came to the house because Lorincz called 911 to aid his sick wife. How about the really shitty part? Lorincz’s 6 year-old son has been removed from his custody as a result of the felony charge.
The Kormon Law Firm’s obtainment of emails from the Michigan State Police crime lab have revealed a pattern of similar escalation in recent cannabis possession cases. To explain himself, Ken Stecker of the Prosecuting Attorney Association of Michigan said in a statement that though Michigan law regards cannabis as a schedule II drug, he’s just going to do his own thing in marijuana cases. “That is my opinion, THC is a schedule 1 drug regardless of where it comes from,” said Stecker.
The Kormin law firm is continuing their investigation and petitioning to have the charges against Lorincz dropped.