Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to the Impaired Driving Safety Commission

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments to the Impaired Driving Safety Commission.

The Impaired Driving Safety Commission was created to research the level of ingested medical marihuana/THC that may affect safe driving. The commission is housed within the Department of State Police and will exist until it submits a final report to the Governor, Senate Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House or until March 21, 2019.

“This group of individuals have extensive backgrounds that will be an incredible asset to this commission and I look forward to reviewing their report,” Snyder said.

Margeaux Bruner of Northville is a medical marihuana business consultant and activist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in industrial operations from Lawrence Technological University. She will represent qualified and registered patients under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

Nicholas Fillinger of Perry is a toxicology discipline technical leader for the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division. He previously served as a laboratory technician in the microbiology department of Sparrow Hospital. He is a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, the Midwest Association for Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. Fillinger holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Olivet College. He will serve as a forensic toxicologist.

Carol Flannagan of Ann Arbor, is a research associate professor for the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and has more than 20 years of experience analyzing traffic-safety data. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University, a master’s degree in applied statistics and both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in mathematical and experimental psychology from the University of Michigan. She will serve as a professor from a public research university in this state.

Norbert Kaminski of Okemos is a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, the interim director of the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety, and the director of the Institute for Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University. He has conducted research on cannabinoids for more than 25 years. Kaminski holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Loyola University of Chicago, and both a master’s degree in toxicology and a Ph.D. in toxicology and physiology from North Carolina State University. He will serve as a professor from a public research university in this state.

William Morrone of Bay City is the medical director at Recovery Pathways, LLC, a village physician for Sebewaing Primary Care, and the deputy chief medical examiner for the Bay County Department of Public Health. He has extensive experience studying substance abuse and is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, and the American Academy of Pain Management. Morrone holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree in toxicology and pharmacology from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in public health from Walden University, and a doctorate degree in osteopathic medicine from Michigan State University. He will serve as a physician licensed under article 15 of the public health code.

Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Etue will serve as chair.

Members serve terms expiring March 21, 2019.

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