Cannabis Law Specialty Team
Butzel Long’s Cannabis Law Specialty Team is a cross-disciplinary group of talented lawyers, actively engaged to address the myriad of legal and regulatory issues germane to the rapidly expanding cannabis industry in Michigan and elsewhere. At the forefront of this burgeoning multi-billion dollar industry, we are well prepared to counsel clients on the interplay of applicable federal, state and local laws and on licensing and regulatory compliance matters at all levels of government. We also are well prepared to provide comprehensive legal advice and practical assistance to clients who are, or desire to engage, in the industry as a grower, processor, provisioning center, caregiver, transporter, lender, investor or other cannabis-related stakeholder. Further, we are uniquely positioned to counsel employers on drug testing and medical marijuana in the workplace.
Our team of qualified professionals offers a wide variety of services including:
- Entity Formation and Corporate Structure
- Licensing and Regulation
- Application Assistance
- Commercial Real Estate
- Municipal Approvals
- Government Relations
- Zoning and Land Use
- Banking and Financing
- Dispute Resolution
- Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
- Intellectual Property
- HIPAA Compliance
- Taxation (Section 280E Impact)
- Environmental Law
- Labor and Employment
- Contract Drafting
Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to successfully represent clients with regard to cannabis industry issues in each specialized area. Each attorney remains current with all legal developments and cases that define the boundaries of cannabis law in Michigan and beyond.
Contact a member of Butzel Long’s Cannabis Law Specialty Team today.
Multiple entity formation, negotiation and preparation of real estate purchase agreement, negotiation and preparation of outside advisory agreements and assistance with state licensing application for a client seeking a Class C grower, processor and provisioning center licenses.
Counseled client as an investor in a business entity seeking a Class C grower, processor and provisioning center licenses, including preparation of entity formation documents for the investor group.
Represent a City of Detroit medical marihuana caregiver center that included an administrative appeal to the Wayne County Circuit Court of an adverse decision of the City Board of Zoning Appeals for a zoning variance to continue operations.
Represented landlord client in the purchase of real estate zoned for grower, processor and provisioning center use.
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle R.E. Donovan quoted by WXYZ: Dozens rally outside medical marijuana dispensary in Walled LakeWXYZ Detroit, April 17, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle R.E. Donovan quoted by Fox 2 Detroit: Medical marijuana patients protesting legislation that could close dispensaries by June 1FOX 2 Detroit, April 17, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle R.E. Donovan quoted in the Detroit News article "Pot growers, retailers clash as industry takes shape"April 16, 2019
- The Spinal Column, March 8, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle R.E. Donovan joins panel at the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference on the topic of "The Business of Cannabis."Detroit (WXYZ), February 28, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle R.E. Donovan quoted in the Metro Times on the rise of marijuana sales on the black marketFebruary 26, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Thomas Nafso quoted in MLive article "Marijuana industry will help shape rules for adult-use marketing in Michigan"MLive, February 26, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle R.E. Donovan discusses Michigan's growing cannabis business on WXYZ's "Spotlight on the News"February 10, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle R.E. Donovan discusses the emerging cannabis industry on The Craig Fahle ShowJanuary 24, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle R.E. Donovan interviewed on The Nolan Finley show on new legal resolution to help preserve patient access to medical marijuanaJanuary 23, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle R.E. Donovan appears on WDIV's Flashpoint to discuss the impact of legalizing marijuana in MichiganJanuary 13, 2019
- Butzel Long attorney Tommy Nafso quoted on MLive.com on the effect of recreational marijuana on medical marijuana industryMLive.com, January 9, 2019
- WDIV, Flashpoint, November 6, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle Donovan interviewed on The Craig Fahle Show on legalized medical marijuana.October 22, 2018
- October 19, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Michelle Donovan interviewed on WJR discussing the first Marihuana License in Oakland CountyWJR's Frank Beckmann Show, October 19, 2018
- Of Counsel
- April 11, 2019
- March 13, 2019
- March 6, 2019
- February 26, 2019
- January 29, 2019
- Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board expected to reopen the Michigan medical marihuana caregiver networkJanuary 16, 2019
- December 20, 2018
- December 19, 2018
- Internal Revenue Service Victorious in Denying Deduction of Business Expenses for Cannabis DispensaryDecember 3, 2018
- November 13, 2018
- Plaintiff’s civil RICO claim goes up in smoke in Colorado grower’s case, but the threat of future lawsuits remainsNovember 9, 2018
- November 7, 2018
- November 5, 2018
- October 18, 2018
- January 12, 2018