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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.

Michigan Opened Access to Adult-Use Cannabis Market in March 2021

In October 2020, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), a division of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), which oversees the licensure of medical and recreational marijuana businesses in Michigan, released an Advisory Bulletin outlining major licensure changes that took effect early in 2021. The MRA is now accepting applications for all [...]

What is The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act?

While the Michigan Senate recently passed the Clean Slate Initiative, the seven-bill package that would completely change Michigan expungement and criminal convictions laws, there is still a need for the expungement of federal cannabis-related convictions. The MORE Act is an important piece of federal legislation that would deschedule cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act [...]

How to Find a Location For a Cannabis Business

One of the most important considerations when planning to enter the marijuana industry is learning how to find a location for your cannabis business, or where to operate your cannabis business. Whether you're planning to operate a public-facing business (B2C) that services the end consumer, such as a medical provisioning center or recreational use [...]

What The MRA Requires From Licensed Cannabis Businesses and Independent Contractors

Licensed marijuana establishments in the state of Michigan face a variety of regulatory compliance issues in their day-to-day operations. Adherence to the numerous regulatory compliance requirements is of paramount importance for any licensed marijuana establishment in order to ensure that their operations are in full compliance. Non-compliance with regulatory requirements and standards can expose [...]

How to Develop Your Cannabis Social Equity Plan

When preparing your adult-use license application, it's critical to understand all of the requirements for your application's success. One main requirement of the application is to prepare a cannabis social equity plan pursuant to Rule 4 (16) of the Marijuana Licenses Rule Set (R 420.4(16) under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act [...]

What to Know About Royal Oak’s Adult-Use Cannabis Ordinance

In a 5-2 vote in July, The Royal Oak City Commission approved an ordinance to opt-in to adult-use cannabis facilities licensing. The licensing ordinance took effect on Aug. 15th, 2020, following a year of public discussion on the subject. As the cannabis industry continues to expand in Michigan, this is an exciting municipal opt-in. [...]

Michigan To Allow Stand-Alone Recreational Cannabis Business Licenses

New business opportunities in Michigan’s adult-use (recreational) industry may be right around the corner. During an interview with Crain’s Detroit Business, Andrew Brisbo, the executive director of Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), disclosed a plan to allow stand-alone recreational licenses. If implemented, the plan would be a year ahead of schedule. Launched on Nov. 1st, 2019, [...]

Adult-Use Cannabis in Michigan and Real Estate

Since Michigan's recreational/adult-use cannabis market officially launched in 2019, the adult-use industry has experienced rapid growth and sales, with product in high demand. This article covers the shifting adult-use cannabis market in Michigan, and how to find real estate for your marijuana business. Do you need help navigating the adult-use cannabis market in Michigan and [...]

Upcoming Due Dates For MRA Annual Financial Statements And The CARES Act

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued an updated bulletin dated June 3rd, 2020 regarding the required annual financial statements for fiscal year 2020, pursuant to Section 701 of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). Per the MRA bulletin, the requirements for the annual financial statements are as follows: An annual financial statement form [...]

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