Civil Forfeiture: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Main Stage: Grand Ballroom April 30, 2016 4:30 pm - 4:50 pm

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Roy Schmidt

I, as an American citizen, cannot believe that Civil Forfeiture is a legal precedent. I have served in Grand Rapids and the State of Michigan for twenty years. Never once have I discussed with my colleagues, (2008-2012) any amendments or aspects of Civil Forfeiture. It wasn’t until October 21, 2015, two months after my arrest for Manufacturing & Intent to sell Marijuana, that Governor Rick Snyder finally signed a reform to at least slow down the legal corruption of the Civil Forfeiture law. Civil asset Forfeiture takes the power of judge, jury, and executioner, and puts it in the hands of county prosecutors and local law enforcement teams. After this new reform, the warrant the prosecutor signed to have my house searched would have been deemed illegal for lack of evidence. I was a current legal caregiver under the Michigan Medical Marijuana program. I look forward to sharing my story and offering some suggestions as we move forward to legalizing Marijuana in Michigan.