Are Michigan’s Crime Labs Undermining State Medical Marijuana Laws?

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A Michigan attorney is claiming that prosecutors pressured state crime labs to alter the way THC is reported in tests. According to Michigan Live, attorney Michael Komorn alleges that scientists were instructed to report an unknown origin for THC contained in edibles, wax and oil.

Under this method, the THC would be reported as a synthetic substance instead of marijuana, which is a two-year felony.

This activity was discovered after medical marijuana patient Max Lorincz was charged with a felony synthetic THC charge in February 2015. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Komorn obtained several e-mails from state employees expressing concern over the reporting procedure.

In response to the allegations, the State Police released the following statement:

The ultimate decision on what to charge an individual with rests with the prosecutor. The role of the laboratory is to determine whether marihuana or THC are present. Michigan state police laboratory policy was changed to include the statement “origin unknown” when it is not possible to determine if THC originates from a plant (marihuana) or synthetic means.

There will be a hearing for Lorincz’s case on Nov. 9 in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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