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MICHIGAN LAW IN THE NEWS

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Rules murky on Opportunity Zones for cannabis businesses

Generally speaking, legal experts agree that Opportunity Zone funding cannot directly fund a marijuana operation because cannabis is still an illegal Schedule I narcotic.

That has left the legal community to date trying to determine how precisely the new federal tax incentive program can be deployed now that both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Michigan.
Read more at Crains Detroit Business
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Deadline For REAL ID

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, when the REAL ID law takes effect, you'll need a star at the top of your driver's license if you plan to fly anywhere in the United States. Essentially an enhanced driver's license, it will be required at the airport gate, unless you have another accepted form of ID. And officials are worried that one year out, many people don't yet have one.

Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to address concerns of the 9/11 Commission, which found that it was too easy for people to obtain driver's licenses, posing a security risk.
Read more at NPR.org
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New Felony: ATF’s gun measurement change

...and with the swipe of a pen, you are hereby declared a felon.... Even though 20 minutes ago, we were perfectly okay with what you have been doing for years (even with our approval). We've now changed our minds and you must comply. We are the Bureaucracy. "Any short rifle built with one of these stabilizing braces is now considered an “any other weapon,” a category of weapon that is supposed to encompass all weapons that can’t be classified as rifles, shotguns, or handguns. “Any other weapons” (AOWs) are subject to the registration and fee requirements of the NFA. Weapons regulated by the NFA include “a weapon made from a rifle if such weapon as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches or a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length,” according to the ATF."

ATF’s gun measurement change now forcing federal registration of popular guns.
Read more at American Military News
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Supreme Court curbs power of government to impose heavy fines and seize property

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled to drastically curb the powers that states and cities have to levy fines and seize property.

The high court’s ruling could now limit the ability for states and cities to carry out what critics – on both sides of the political divide – say is an increasingly common practice of imposing steep fines and seizing property.
Read More at Fox News