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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.

MMFLA Regulatory Assessment Fees For FY 2021

As required by Section 603 of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), the amount of the regulatory assessment fee for licensed medical marijuana facilities is determined annually. These fees must be paid by those approved for licensure by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) prior to issuance, or renewal of each state operating license. This article [...]

New Rules for Adult-Use and Medical Cannabis Business Applications

This week, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has adopted 10 topic-based administrative rule sets. These rule sets follow both the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) and the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). They also were introduced to accomplish the following: implement, administer, and enforce appropriate standards for cannabis businesses and associated [...]

MRA Expands Eligibility Criteria of Social Equity Program in Michigan

In May 2020, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) expanded the eligibility criteria of Michigan’s social equity program. When it did, the number of disproportionately impacted communities increased from 41 to 184. This article is going to cover everything from the definition of the social equity program in Michigan, fees, communities included in the program, [...]

10 Insider Tips for Cannabis Business Applicants

Starting a cannabis business requires lots of preparation and analysis from you, your supplemental applicants and your hired team of experts. During these times, there will be inevitable temporary changes to the typical application process due to building delays However, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has laid out these 10 general tips for you to [...]

A Look at Recreational Marijuana’s Impact on Michigan’s Economy

Ever since adult-use/recreational marijuana was legalized in November 2018, the industry has been quickly catching up to the widespread demand. While adult-use cannabis has proved to be a lucrative up-and-coming industry in Michigan (in January, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs [LARA] announced that adult-use cannabis sales reached over $10 million), there are still obstacles [...]

Michigan Cannabis Industry’s Response to COVID-19

Below, we outlined the main changes that occurred during the Michigan cannabis industry's initial response to COVID-19. If you're in pursuit of a marijuana facility license, contact our team of experienced cannabis attorneys today. Despite our adjustment to COVID-19, we're committed to serving both new and existing clients in granting them their licenses.  Extending Prequalification [...]

The Status of Cannabis Supply Availability in Michigan

Currently, there is a tight supply of wholesale adult-use/recreational marijuana flower in Michigan. Soon, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) is facilitating a stakeholder workgroup to discuss and provide suggestions on the regulatory topic of supply availability.  Why Are Recreational Marijuana Prices So High? The shrinking adult-use marijuana supply is causing prices to soar sharply, as [...]

MRA Introduces Proposed Marijuana Rule Sets

Soon, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on the proposed combined topic-based rule sets. The proposed topic-based rule sets are intended to provide clarity/consistency to those working in both the medical and adult-use markets. The rule sets provide for the implementation of a program to license medical [...]

Remediation of Marijuana from Medical to Adult Use

On Dec. 12th, 2019, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) released a technical bulletin outlining the remediation process of marijuana from medical to adult-use. In this bulletin, the agency mandates that a failed test sample must pass two separate retests consecutively to be eligible for sale or transfer. If both retests pass, the batch is out of [...]

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