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About Andre Perrotta

Andre Perrotta is an Associate Attorney with the Cannabis Legal Group. Andre is a licensed attorney with more than a decade of experience practicing as a corporate transactional attorney representing a wide range of corporate entities in all types of corporate matters. Therefore, Andre provides keen insight and counsel molded by years of experience in all aspects of corporate law and regulatory compliance in order to address the various legal needs of his clients. Andre has extensive corporate law experience ranging from: (a) organizing and forming corporate entities, (b) drafting and effectively structuring Operating Agreements, (c) Shareholder Agreements, (d) Buy-Sell Agreements, (e) drafting and negotiating Asset and Stock Purchase Agreements, (f) drafting and negotiating Employment Agreements, including addressing issues related to non-compete and non-solicitation provisions, (g) drafting Professional Services Agreements, Master Services Agreements, Management Service Agreements, Software Licensing Agreements including Software as a Service Agreements, and many other corporate agreements. Andre possesses the understanding and skills necessary to navigate highly regulated and complex fields of law as evidenced by his significant experience representing healthcare entities in the highly regulated field of healthcare law. Andre works with his clients to achieve the exceptional results considering the clients’ desired goals and the ever-changing legal environment. Therefore, Andre’s clients see him as a problem solver and a valued team member. Andre has been recognized as a Rising Star Attorney in 2017 and 2018 by SuperLawyers magazine, and as a Top Lawyer in 2019 by dBusiness magazine. Andre provides unparalleled legal services to his clients, and approaches each client and client matter with the attention to detail they each deserve in order to fully understand, and appropriately address, the client’s issues. Andre earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Cincinnati, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he was a member of Moot Court and champion of the Gallagher Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition.

How to Open a Cannabis Delivery Service in Michigan

Many of our clients ask us, "how can I open a cannabis delivery service/get a cannabis delivery license?" Luckily, it's not as in-depth as the initial cannabis licensing process. However, it still requires strict compliance (and attorney guidance) to apply for and manage properly. Below, we outline everything you and your business need to [...]

Cannabis Event License: Everything You Need to Know

There’s a huge demand for specialty cannabis event licenses in Michigan, such as the temporary marijuana event license and marijuana event organizer license. We receive many inquiries from potential clients, as well as current clients, about applying for a cannabis event license. However, most don’t know that in order to legally host a cannabis event [...]

Employee Screening and Compliance Requirements for Cannabis Businesses

  All licensees must conduct background checks for their cannabis employees. According to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA)'s Administrative Rules, all licensees must onboard, screen, and train their employees. Non-compliance with this requirement results in significant penalties, including the potential loss of your license. As such, it's critically important for all licensees, especially those [...]

Marijuana Infused Beverages Rules and Requirements

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) advisory bulletin, "Marihuana-Infused Products and Edible Marihuana Product-Process to Obtain Agency Approval for Production of Marijuana-Infused Beverages," provides guidance on the process to obtain approval for the production of marijuana infused beverages. It also outlines rules and requirements for ongoing research and product development related to marijuana infused beverages. [...]

Guidance for Michigan Marijuana Facilities

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) offers guidance to address common issues faced by marijuana facilities regarding certain operational issues, including labeling requirements, testing and retesting status, and strain specificity.  These requirements are some of the most crucial requirements for cannabis facilities to adhere to in order to ensure that their operations run smoothly and [...]

U.S. House Passes MORE Act: What This Means For The Cannabis Industry

On Dec. 4th, 2020, the U.S. House passed the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. The bill introduces several criminal and social justice reforms, including the expungement of prior nonviolent federal cannabis-related convictions, reviews of sentences for those currently incarcerated for federal cannabis convictions, and the removal of cannabis from the Controlled Substances ACT [...]

Non-Michigan Residents and Adult-Use Cannabis Licensing Process

Non-Michigan Residents and the Adult-Use Cannabis Licensing Process New applicants who don't hold an active state operating license under the MMFLA can begin the MRTMA application process by submitting a Step 1 pre-qualification application for all available MRTMA license types. The pre-qualification process will include criminal background checks of all supplemental applicants, as they [...]

Examining the MRA’s Marketing and Advertising Restrictions

Licensed marijuana establishments in the State of Michigan are always seeking ways to increase their footprint in the budding cannabis industry. Whether it is to increase brand awareness, promote new products, or highlight the opening of a new location, marijuana establishments, like all other businesses, turn to and rely upon marketing and adverting to expand their [...]

Election 2020: Big Wins for Cannabis and Drug Reform

While the presidential election results are currently hanging in the air, clear victories emerged for both the cannabis industry and for drug reform.  Nationwide measures to legalize cannabis and decriminalize other drugs made significant steps forward, as five more states legalized marijuana in some form and Oregon passed a drug initiative regarding harder drugs. [...]

How to Prepare Your Cannabis Business for a BFS Inspection

Before operating as a cannabis business, you need to pass a BFS inspection. The Bureau of Fire Services (BFS) is an agency that conducts fire inspections, and provide fire prevention and training to the firefighters of Michigan. However, in 2016, BFS became involved in the cannabis business fire inspection. Below, we outlined exactly what you [...]

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