The state police is getting two million dollars from the feds. Some of that money will go toward paying overtime for testing rape kits. Some of it will help fight a growing methamphetamine problem. And some of it will go toward a new patrol boat for the Port of Sault Ste. Marie.
Nancy Bennett is with the state police.
“This allows us to do things that might be outside of our budget. And it really – they use them as incentives for getting projects started. If you have grant funding and things work really well then the agency is much more likely to incorporate that into their regular operating business.”
One of the grants will be used to fight methamphetamine production and use in the state.
Matt Opsommer is with the Michigan State Police. He said the grant is especially important in southwest Michigan.
“While heroin is, and rightly so, getting a lot of attention nationally as well as here in Michigan – heroin and opioids. We’re also seeing a comeback of sorts of methamphetamine.”
Max Lorincz and his wife Erica Chittenden outside their home in Spring Lake in Ottawa County. The couple has been fighting to be reunited with their son Dante since Max was charged with possessing synthetic THC – a charge some forensic scientists say is absurd. Photo by Rick Pluta
Maxwell Lorincz lives in Spring Lake near Lake Michigan with his wife and their six-year-old son. At least, they did live with their son, until a year and a half ago.
They lost custody of him after Lorincz was charged with a felony for possessing synthetic THC. He’s a card-carrying medical marijuana patient. But that hasn’t helped in his fight to get his son back.
So for now, the family gets unsupervised visits for a few hours every week. Continue reading →
A new State Police crime lab policy allows prosecutors to charge cannabis users with felonies they didn’t commit. That’s according to medical marijuana activists, who uncovered the policy through a public information request and provided the documents to the Michigan Public Radio Network. Continue reading →