Year: 2018

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Katie Sabo has joined Dingeman & Dancer PLC

Traverse City, September 5, 2018 – Katie Sabo has joined Dingeman & Dancer PLC as a new attorney, practicing primarily in the areas of business law, real estate, estate planning, trust and probate administration.   Sabo is originally from the Upper Peninsula, where she attended Lake Superior State University and graduated magna cum laude with…

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Municipal Zoning Laws Unlawfully Restrict Medical Marijuana Use

On July 17, 2018, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a major medical marijuana decision in DeRuiter v Township of Byron, holding that Michigan municipalities cannot restrict the location of lawful activities—such as the growing or providing of medical marijuana—under the 2008 voter initiated Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (“MMMA”) to residential areas only. The Court…

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Cash Cow: Medical Marijuana’s Potential Revenue Lures Municipalities

Since the passage of Michigan’s new law providing for the lawful operation and licensing of commercial medical marijuana facilities, communities across the state have been grappling with whether they want the cannabis industry in their town. Although there is wide support among Michigan residents for the lawful use of medical marijuana, municipalities have been slow…

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Michigan Passes New Law to Clarify Questions in Medical Marijuana Industry

On January 26, 2018, Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 10 of 2018, amending (and improving) several sections of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (the “MMFLA”). The Act is designed to ensure a smooth transition into the MMFLA, cleans up a number of obvious inefficient aspects of the existing law, and adds protections to…

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Recent Decision Upholds Homestead Exemption for Short-Term Rentals

In Rentschler v Township of Melrose, No. 33633, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a homeowner who claimed he was entitled to a homestead exemption on property that he rented for more than 14 days in a year. Michigan’s Principal Residence Exemption (PRE), also referred to as the “homestead” exemption, exempts a principal…

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