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New Michigan Supreme Court Opinion Addresses Medical Marihuana and Driving Offenses

On May 21, 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of People v Koon (Docket No. 145259), holding that a patient registered under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (“MMMA”) cannot be convicted of operating a motor vehicle with marijuana in his or her body, unless the prosecution can prove that the person is “under the influence” of the marijuana.    Read More

Jeff Sluggett and Dick Butler Make Presentation to the West Michigan Regional Clerks Association

Jeff Sluggett and Dick Butler presented a seminar on May 17, 2013 at Muskegon Community College to the West Michigan Regional Clerks Association titled Legal Updates: Recent Developments for Local Government.  The presentation included topics such as Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, Open Meetings Act, Michigan Liquor Control Code, Freedom of Information Act, recall petitions, personal property tax and the financial impact of personal property tax legislation, among others.   Read More

Bloom Sluggett Morgan Celebrates First Year Anniversary

It is with sincere appreciation that we say “thank you” to all of our clients for placing your trust and confidence in us and making the last year possible. We know how fortunate we are to work with all of you in areas of the law that we truly enjoy.  Read More

Cliff Bloom will Present at the Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention

The MLSA Annual Convention for 2013 will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Riverfront Hotel in Bay City, Michigan on April 26 and 27, 2013.  Cliff Bloom will be both teaching seminars and making presentations at the annual convention.  Please visit www.mymlsa.org for more information.  Read More

M-Live Article and Video - Cliff Bloom Teaches Lake Seminar for Patriot Realty

Click on the following link to view the M-Live article and the video from Cliff Bloom http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/04/buying_waterfront_property_can.html#incart_more_business Read More

Cliff Bloom Celebrates 30 Years as an Attorney

In 2013, Cliff Bloom, Shareholder with Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC, will celebrate his 30th anniversary of practicing law in Michigan.  Congratulations, Cliff!  Read More

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Bloom Sluggett Morgan Attorney Elected Vice President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House

Jeff Sluggett was recently elected Vice President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House. The United Methodist Community House is a non-profit agency based in Grand Rapids with a mission that focuses on children and seniors. See http://www.umchousegr.org/index.html for more information.   Read More

New Medical Marijuana Ruling

On January 29, 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the uncompensated transfer of marijuana between registered qualifying patients constitutes protected "medical use" of marijuana as permitted by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act ("MMMA").  See People v Green, Docket No. 308133 (January 29, 2013), which can be found here.  While the Court of Appeals reaffirmed that patient-to-patient sales of marihuana are still not protected under the MMMA, Michigan v McQueen, 293 Mich App 644, 653; 811 NW2d 513 (2011), the decision in Green will not only impact enfocement of state statutes regarding the transfer or delivery of marijuana, but could have significant local impacts as well.  Our attorneys have extensive experience with the MMMA and drafting and reviewing local ordinances, including ordinances addressing medical marijuana dispensaries.  If your municipality is interested in discussing the Green decision or any other medical marijuana issues, please contact our office.  Read More

LEGISLATIVE ALERT-Open Meetings Act-Special Meeting Notice Requirements

The Michigan Legislature recently amended the Open Meetings Act (“OMA”) regarding the notice requirements for special meetings.  Effective December 28, 2012, PA 528 amended Section 5 of the OMA to provide that if a public body directly or indirectly maintains a website that includes monthly (or more frequent) updates of public meeting agendas or minutes, the public body must post the notice of a special meeting in a prominent and conspicuous place on its website (in addition to posting the notice at its principal office) at least 18 hours before the meeting.  Read More