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Michigan Man Won't Be Charged Over Controversial THC Policy

Jan 25, 2016

Max Lorincz and his wife Erica Chittenden
Credit Rick Pluta / MPRN

A judge has dismissed the case against a man who was charged under the State Police crime lab’s controversial THC policy. 


The policy makes it harder for lab technicians to report that samples containing THC come from marijuana plants – and aren’t made artificially in a lab.  Possession of synthetic THC carries tougher penalties than possession of plant-based marijuana products.

Critics of the policy, including a growing number of forensic scientists, say it’s not based on sound science and seems to be motivated by political pressure to target medical marijuana patients.  Max Lorincz of Ottawa County faced a felony charge that comes with up to two years behind bars.  His six-year-old son was also taken from him and placed in a foster home.  Late last week, a judge ruled the charge was inappropriate.

Lorincz’s attorney, Michael Komorn, says, based on a family court hearing the same day, he’s confident the judge in that case will return his son soon - pending results from a drug test.  

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— Jake Neher is the State Capitol Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org