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What You Need to Know About Recreational Marijuana in Michigan

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Michigan became the 10th state to allow recreational marijuana. However, it isn't quite legal yet. The popular recreational drug will become fully legal for consumption 10 days after the election results are ratified. Marijuana won't be commercially available for sales until around early 2020, as Michigan must still approve regulations and issue licenses to potential sellers.

Vegetation Removal Act Would Give Environmental Control to Developers Over Communities

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

The vegetation removal preemption act ("Lame Duck" Senate Bill 1188 of 2018), if passed, would take environmental control away from local communities. At the moment, most developed communities have ordinances that "speak for the trees" when a developer comes in looking to clear them out. Communities have strong interests in protecting their trees. Tree-rich areas serve as much-needed habitats for animals and also purify air and stormwater and maintain the aesthetic quality of a community, among other benefits.

Thanksgiving Eve Launches Dangerous DUI Season

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Drinksgiving. Black Out Wednesday. Thanksgiving Eve has been given a number of names in recent years as a result of what the "holiday" has come to represent.

Because many individuals, including college students who can now legally drink, return to their hometown for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Drinksgiving has now turned into one of the biggest bar nights of the year; surpassing New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day in some areas.

Workers Can Take Action Against Their Unions for Negligence

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

A recent memo by the NLRB General Counsel makes it easier for workers to take action against their unions for negligence. All labor unions have a duty to fairly represent their members in filing and prosecuting grievances. A breach of that duty is an unfair labor practice. But after a fumbled grievance, unions could traditionally assert a "mere negligence" defense.

Employers, Take Note (Part 2): Michigan Sick-Time Mandate

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

Part 1 discussed Michigan's minimum-wage increases beginning in 2019. Part 2 now discusses another new Michigan law: the Earned Sick Time Act. Similar to the minimum-wage increases, the sick-time changes will take effect around March 2019.

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana is Dangerous and Illegal

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Michigan is the tenth state to legalize recreational marihuana. But make no mistake, many Marijuana-related activities are still illegal-not to mention dangerous. Under Michigan law, driving while impaired has been illegal for a long time. Driving high can cost you your freedom (not to mention thousands in attorney fees and court costs).

Ask Someone What a Naloxone Kit Is and Most Americans Would Shrug. In Barrie, Ontario, They're a Common Sight

Mark Mandell, Esq

Naloxone Kits are designed to help reverse the effects of a drug overdose. In Barrie, Ontario these are a common sight and needed far more than one would expect.

Canada continues to suffer from a country-wide Opioid crisis that killed nearly 4,000 Canadians last year. Barrie seems to be suffering some of the worst effects of the crisis, with the small city reporting 36 overdose-related deaths. The events have come as a surprise to many of the residents of Barrie, a city that normally gets only a handful of deaths a year, a few from crime or auto accidents.

Employers, Take Note (Part 1): Michigan Minimum Wage Increases

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

A new Michigan law, the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, raises the minimum wage and also changes other aspects of the employment relationship. Although the changes may be significant for certain businesses, there's still time to plan, since the law doesn't take effect until around March 2019.

What You Need to Know About Recreational Marijuana in Michigan

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Michigan became the 10th state to allow recreational marijuana. However, it isn't quite legal yet. The popular recreational drug will become fully legal for consumption 10 days after the election results are ratified. Marijuana won't be commercially available for sales until around early 2020, as Michigan must still approve regulations and issue licenses to potential sellers.

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