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Medical Marihuana Outdoor Cultivation

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that local zoning restrictions on outdoor medical marihuana cultivation are preempted by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (“MMMA”). In Charter Township of York v Miller, homeowners who were also MMMA patients constructed a backyard structure to be used for medical marihuana cultivation. The Township’s Zoning Ordinance expressly provided that, while residential property could be used by a medical marihuana cardholder for growing marihuana, the medical marihuana was required to be contained “within the main building” in an enclosed, locked facility.  This zoning restriction was consistent with the MMMA’s original cultivation restrictions; however, a 2012 amendment to the MMMA expanded the permissible cultivation locations to expressly include outdoor space. However, the Township argued that its broad zoning authority under the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (“MZEA”) authorized it to prohibit entirely outdoor medical marihuana cultivation.  Read More

The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention – 2018

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on April 20 and 21, 2018 at the annual Michigan Lake & Stream Associations Convention at Crystal Mountain in Northern Michigan.  The topics will include water/riparian law, buying and selling waterfront property, local government regulation of the waterfront, easements and similar issues.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett Receives "Best Lawyers in America" Honors Once Again

We're pleased to announce that Jeff Sluggett has been selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers™ in America 2018" for his work in the area of Municipal Law.  Read More

Bloom Sluggett Introduces New Firm Name and Attorney

As we approach our five-year anniversary, we are pleased to announce our new firm name, “Bloom Sluggett, PC.” While the name has changed, our firm has not, and we remain dedicated to providing exemplary client services.   Read More

The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention - 2017

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on April 21 and 22, 2017 at the annual Michigan Lake & Stream Associations Convention at Crystal Mountain in Northern Michigan.  The topics will include water/riparian law, buying and selling waterfront property, local government regulation of the waterfront, easements and similar issues.  Read More

JEFF SLUGGETT TO SPEAK AT THE MICHIGAN MUNICIPAL LEAGUE CAPITAL CONFERENCE

Jeff Sluggett will be a speaker March 21-22 at the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference, a conference for state and federal issues affecting local communities.  The Conference is sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League and will be held in Lansing at the Lansing Center. Jeff will be speaking on telecommunications issues.  For more information please visit http://www.mml.org/home.html.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett to Speak at Local Government Academy in Lansing

Jeff Sluggett will be a speaker on May 18th at the Local Government Academy, a three-day seminar for  newer lawyers sponsored by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. The Academy is held in Lansing. Jeff will be speaking on public right of way issues.  Read More

Cliff Bloom's FOX17 Morning Mix Interview for the Upcoming Cottage and Lakefront Living Show Presentations

Cliff Bloom conducted an interview with FOX17 Morning Mix regarding his upcoming presentations at the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids for his book Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan.  See the video below.  Read More

The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention - 2016

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on April 29 and 30, 2016 at the annual Michigan Lake & Stream Associations Convention at Boyne Mountain in Northern Michigan.  The topics will include water/riparian law, buying and selling waterfront property, local government regulation of the waterfront, easements and similar issues.   Read More

Cliff Bloom's Upcoming Presentations for the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show

Cliff Bloom will be making presentations regarding his book Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan at the upcoming Michigan Cottage and Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the DeVos Place Convention Center at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016 and again on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at noon.  For more information, visit www.cottageandlakefrontliving.com Read More