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Friday, May 30, 2014

How did Your Congressman Vote to Stop Federal Prosecutions of Medical Marijuana Patients

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Medical Marijuana

Shortly after midnight the United States House of Representatives voted to use the power of the purse to protect medical marijuana patients. The measure passed because a group of republicans supported withholding federal funds from the justice department to pursue prosecuting and raiding legitimate medical marijuana patients and their property. Michigan attorney Mike Nichols, a leader in defending those charged with driving while under the influence of drugs, was surprised at some of those who voted for the bill: “the supporters of the measure include Fred Upton, a republican from conservative west Michigan. This is perhaps a libertarian push against government or a sign of the times about views toward the war on drugs,” Nichols says. Nichols is defending 1 of 37 people currently charged in a federal indictment for profiting from the sale of medical marijuana by abusing the Michigan medical marijuana act.”

Medical marijuana attorney and advocate Josh Covert is hopeful that the bill will lead at least to a more relaxed view of how medical marijuana patients are treated. Covert says “defending those charged with violating the drug laws at both the state and federal level is my passion,” Covert says.

                A list of the roll call vote is here:

The measure is House Resolution 4660. It must still go to the U.S. Senate for approval.

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Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

Mike Nichols is recognized by his peers in Michigan as a “SuperLawyer” in DUI/Criminal Defense. Nichols has also been asked to speak at conferences by groups such as the NCDD; Various Bar Associations in other states.