They include the following: marijuana specific field sobriety testing (and the differences from those investigating alcohol), evidentiary bodily fluid collection, preservation and delivery to the forensic science laboratory.
Next would be a very good understanding on how the forensic science department of the Michigan State Police, which would include the manner they receive the evidence, stored the evidence, prepared samples for testing and the performance of multiple chemical tests to report an amount of:
delta 9 Hydroxy THC, and
11 nor Carboxy THC (THC-COOH).
A firm understanding of the instruments used, the method developed by the laboratory used, and the ability to examine the entire set of data to confirm or refuse the accuracy, reliability or evidentiary value of the reporting.
The following is an explanation of each of these issues:
1. Evidentiary Blood Collection, Preservation and Delivery to the Testing Laboratory
Only a physician or a qualified individual acting under the supervision of a physician may draw blood for evidentiary purposes.
This designation was earned by attending over 100 hours of lecture on the scientific principles of equipment used in the chemical analysis of bodily fluid for drugs and alcohol.
This training, along with the additional extensive training he has received, makes him one of the top DUI lawyers in the country.
He’s on the faculty of both national DUI Associations those being the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and the National College for DUI Defense.
He’s also president of the Michigan OWI Attorneys Association (MIOWIA).
In these positions, he teaches other lawyers all over the country specifically related to driving under the influence of marijuana.
Barton Morris is also on the board of the Michigan State Bar Marijuana Law Section and the Chair of its Science Committee.
As the chair, he’s written articles on the topic of driving under the influence of marijuana, wrote the section’s public policy position paper on the Michigan law related to driving and marijuana and has presented this position to the Michigan Legislature in an attempt to change the law so that it’s not disproportionally applied to chronic marijuana users.