May 8, 2019
Congratulations to our good friend and colleague Barton Morris, who was selected by state Attorney General Dana Nessel to be a member of her office's newly formed marijuana legal workgroup. Barton is of counsel at Vicente Sederberg, and he is the principal attorney and founder of Cannabis Legal Group, VS’s strategic partner in Michigan.
According to a press release from the attorney general's office:
The workgroup, chaired by Attorney General Nessel, will meet on a regular basis to review, analyze, discuss, and opine on laws and regulations concerning the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana in the State of Michigan.
Comprised of a diverse group of persons with different backgrounds and experience including some stakeholders in marijuana law and regulation, the group will make recommendations to the State Legislature, law enforcement, the judiciary, prosecutors, defense attorneys, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and others. The workgroup’s goal is to ensure that the laws approved by the People of the State of Michigan in two separate ballot proposals and subsequent regulations, are clarified and improved when necessary to ensure that marijuana law in Michigan is implemented fairly, equally, and appropriately.
Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 in 2016, making it the second-most populous state in the country to legalize cannabis for adult use, as well as the first to do so in the Midwest. State officials are in the process of writing rules for the new adult-use cannabis industry, and legal sales are expected to begin by 2020.
Please contact us if are interested in discussing potential cannabis-related business opportunities in Michigan or learning more about its forthcoming marijuana regulatory system.