Ever since the adoption of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) in 2008, an ongoing battle has brewed between caregivers and municipalities in Michigan. The issue? Whether marijuana caregivers who follow Michigan’s medical marijuana law must satisfy additional criteria under their local ordinances. Rights of caregivers vs. municipal authority Caregivers argue that state law is…
With the number of cannabusinesses exploding across the United States, it’s more important than ever to employ marketing in your business plan. Today, social media is one of the most vital and inexpensive tools at your disposal for your cannabusinesses’ marketing plan. However, before you jump on social media and start posting, there are a…
On May 2, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released Examination Guide 1-19. This guide serves as the USPTO’s new policy for reviewing products and services derived from industrial hemp. The Examination Guide clarifies the procedures used by the USPTO to examine marks used in connection with cannabis and cannabis-derived goods and services.…
More than 130 people die every day in the United States from the opioid crisis. The misuse and addiction to opioid medications such as prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl, has more than doubled in the U.S. over the past decade. The problem hits home with Michigan residents. In 2017, there were…
Cannabis Legal Group founder and principal attorney, Barton W. Morris, Jr. will serve as a panelist for NPR 1A and Michigan Radio’s panel, “Weed’s Legal … Now What?” 1A host Joshua Johnson will explore what happens now that voters legalized adult-use marijuana across Michigan. Additionally, the law requires a plan that addresses the damage done…
Whether for medical or adult-use, the demand for legal cannabis is rapidly increasing. In Michigan, those who want to become a part of the cannabusiness industry need to gain both state and municipal licenses.  With so many entrepreneurs seeking a municipal license, it’s important to submit a competitive and impressive application in order to stand…
Obtaining a medical marijuana business license is a long and thorough process. Therefore, it’s important to keep your eye on licensure. Congratulations, you’ve passed the finish line and you are a fully licensed cannabusiness! But what about after you’ve obtained your license? This is where we commonly see the wheels fall off the wagon and…
The Economic Benefits of Recreational Marijuana to Michigan  Since its conception in the early 1970s, 4/20 has become an international counterculture holiday. While it centers around the celebration and consumption of cannabis, 4/20 proves to be a significant economic advantage for states that fully legalized the recreational sale and usage of marijuana. Recreation Marijuana Helps…
Business partner disputes are normal. But what happens when you believe your business partner has engaged in wrongdoing? What are your rights and what can be done about it? I’m an attorney first and foremost, but I’m also a business owner. I served as general counsel for two startups, and am an investor in several…
In this blog post, I will discuss some potential benefits of “opting-out” of investor class actions. Bottom line: large investors often achieve better results by bringing their own case. How Do Investor Class Actions Work? In a typical shareholder lawsuit, an institutional plaintiff is appointed to represent an entire class of similarly situated investors. The…