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About Barton Morris

Barton Morris is the principal attorney of the Cannabis Legal Group, a Royal Oak law firm specializing in all marijuana related legal issues including criminal defense, business law, licensing, consulting, land use and real property. Barton is known as a cannabis law specialist in Michigan having developed this expertise since 2008 with the enactment of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. He is a council member of the Marijuana Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association and chair of its science committee. One of the ways Barton has developed his marijuana law specialty is through the training he received becoming the only attorney in Michigan certified by the American Chemical Society as a Forensic Lawyer-Scientist maintaining a focus on marijuana related science. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College and sits on its Alumni Board of Directors. Barton maintains board positions with the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and the Michigan Association of OWI attorneys. He also is on the faculty of both of those organizations regularly providing presentations and teaching lawyers from all over the country. Barton has been recognized professionally with several awards including being rated 10/10 by AVVO, and a Super Lawyer Magazine outstanding attorney in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Dbusiness Magazine also named Barton Morris a Top Attorney in Metro Detroit in 2012 and 2013 and named the Cannabis Legal Group the “Face of Cannabis Law” for 2016.

Denied a Municipal Cannabis License? Here’s What to Do

Alongside the state of Michigan licensing application, there’s also the municipal cannabis application. But your municipal cannabis license has been denied. Is this a problem? This application is critical, as it’s the last licensing application needed to start your cannabis business.  However, what do you do if you’re denied a license in the municipality [...]

Michigan Commercial Grow License: Everything You Need to Know

Commercial grow licenses/recreational cannabis growing licenses are one of the most sought after licenses in Michigan. Obviously, without product grown, there would be no cannabis industry.  Below, we outline everything you need to know about adult-use grow licenses, from license types to finding a facility.  Watch the full episode on YouTube. Listen to full [...]

The 3 Most Common Types of Cannabis Real Estate Agreements

As you determine the type of license and the location of the property, there are different cannabis real estate agreements (transactions) to choose from to acquire possession of the property. Typically, possession (not necessarily ownership), of the property is required to apply for a license with the municipality where it's located.  Types of Cannabis [...]

New Proposed Regulations and Rules for Michigan’s Cannabis Industry

In August, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) in Michigan proposed new marijuana regulations and rules for both adult-use and medical marijuana businesses. As many people in the cannabis industry know, there's already a comprehensive rule-set in place. However, the new proposed rules include many changes; some large, some small, and some extremely significant. There's [...]

The Ultimate Cannabis Business Tax Guide: Choosing the Best Corporate Structure

Choosing a corporate structure for your cannabis business holds significant tax implications. Before delving into the tax considerations, it's important to understand that choosing an entity for tax purposes is different than selecting an entity for legal state organization purposes. To be clear, you must choose a legal entity for state organization purposes and [...]

Cannabis Friendly Real Estate: Starting Your Search

Once you decide to enter the cannabis industry, the search for cannabis friendly real estate should begin immediately. Whether you want to directly serve the consumer, or sell to other commercial marijuana facilities, you must find a suitable property to get full licensure. The size and scope of the property depends on your resources, [...]

Delta-8 in Michigan? New THC Now Regulated by MRA

Delta-8 in Michigan has been in the news recently, as Gov. Whitmer signed House Bills 4517, 4745, and 4740-46 to regulate the THC derivative starting October 11, 2021. According to the Governor's announcement, delta-8 is currently being sold in convenience stores, gas stores, and tobacco/smoke shops throughout the state. What is Delta-8? Many people [...]

Federal Marijuana Reform Needs to Happen, But Will It?

Despite no federal marijuana reform, Michigan finally legalized adult-use marijuana in November of 2018. We did this for many reasons, but the best reason is that decriminalization was necessary. However, the legalization of marijuana in Michigan makes it easy to forget it's still a crime elsewhere. The number of people charged, convicted and jailed for [...]

Detroit Marijuana Applications on Hold Indefinitely: Why?

The City of Detroit failed to provide Detroiters the opportunity to participate in the recreational marijuana industry. Due to a recent federal court ruling, the City Council is heading back to the drawing board.  How the Detroit Marijuana Ordinance Tried to Help War on Drugs Victims The cannabis industry desperately needs opportunities available for [...]

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