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  • Nessel warns residents about potential substance abuse patient brokering scheme

    March 01, 2024

    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel warns those seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder that the contact phone number for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services they find online may not actually connect them to that facility. An attorney for Pine Rest has notified the Department of Attorney General that patients have been improperly diverted to out-of-state facilities by contacts reached at phone numbers purported online to be for Pine Rest. Pine Rest has issued its own press release alerting the public to the ruse. 

  • Adult-use marijuana payments being distributed to Michigan municipalities and counties

    March 01, 2024

    The Michigan Department of Treasury on Thursday announced that more than $87 million is being distributed among 269 municipalities and counties as a part of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act.
    Over the next few days, 99 cities, 30 villages, 69 townships and 71 counties will receive payments from the Marihuana Regulation Fund. For the state of Michigan's 2023 fiscal year, this means each eligible municipality and county will receive more than $59,000 for every licensed retail store and microbusiness located within its jurisdiction.

  • Michigan cop's mistake leads to $320,000 deal with Japanese man wrongly accused of drunken driving

    March 01, 2024

    A Michigan village has agreed to a $320,000 settlement with a man from Japan who was wrongly accused of drunken driving after a police officer badly misread a breath test, court records show.
    Ryohei Akima blew a 0.02 on the test, but it was mistakenly read by the Fowlerville officer as 0.22 — nearly three times over Michigan's blood-alcohol limit for driving.

  • Ousted Michigan Republican Party chair loses key ruling at appeals court

    March 01, 2024

    DETROIT (AP) — The ousted former leader of the Michigan Republican Party lost a key court ruling Thursday in her effort to regain the top post.
    The Michigan Court of Appeals said it won't suspend a lower court's order affirming Kristina Karamo's removal by party members.
    Karamo was hoping that a stay would clear the way for her to lead a meeting Saturday in Detroit to select presidential delegates for the party's national convention.

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