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Nick Galendez

About Nickolas Galendez

Nickolas Galendez is an associate attorney with the Cannabis Legal Group. Since joining the State Bar of Michigan in 2015, Nickolas has practiced medical marijuana law under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. For over two years, Nickolas has gained significant experience related to preparing and filing applications for local and state licenses; property, land use, and zoning issues; as well as education and advocacy efforts.

Adult-Use Marijuana Ordinances on November 2020 Ballot, Signature Gathering During COVID-19

2020-05-29T14:25:13-05:00May 29th, 2020|

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) allows an individual to submit a petition to initiate an ordinance allowing (or completely prohibiting) adult-use establishments in a municipality. If you are interested in submitting an MRTMA ballot initiative in your municipality, it may be a good idea to consider drafting ordinance language, gathering signatures, [...]

Michigan Supreme Court Favors Municipalities Over Caregivers

2020-05-01T08:59:04-05:00May 1st, 2020|

On April 27th, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court released its opinion in DeRuiter v. Township of Byron. The question decided by the Court was whether and to what extent a municipality can create additional zoning, licensing, and other regulatory requirements for caregiver activities (including cultivation), without violating caregiver protections under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act [...]

MRA Suddenly Changes Policy on Equivalent Transfers Between Medical and Adult-Use Licenses

2020-04-23T10:10:44-05:00April 24th, 2020|

On April 8th, 2020, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued another sudden policy change that may drastically impact Michigan’s cannabis supply: external transfers of caregiver products from medical marijuana facilities can no longer be brought into the adult-use market.  In other words, medical marijuana facilities can only engage in “equivalent transfers'' of inventory if the [...]

The Evolution of Caregiver Product Sourcing in Michigan

2020-03-19T13:58:37-05:00March 13th, 2020|

After the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) was passed in 2008, eligible individuals could become a “primary caregiver” for up to five (5) “registered patients” with certified chronic or debilitating conditions. This designation allows an individual to grow up to twelve (12) plants and possess up to two-and-a-half (2.5) ounces per connected patient. In other [...]

Health Concerns about Black Market Cannabis

2019-09-09T13:30:25-05:00September 9th, 2019|

On Wednesday, Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order that bans the online and retail sales of flavored tobacco vapes. This decision to prohibit all flavored nicotine vape juice was based on the health and safety of Michigan children. While marijuana vapes are still legal for medical and adult-use consumption, the law can only go so [...]

Apply for a Marihuana Event Organizer and Temporary Marihuana Event License

2019-08-08T13:06:13-05:00August 7th, 2019|

Now that the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has released the Emergency Rules for adult-use marijuana in Michigan, there are plenty of new opportunities to explore if you are considering applying for a marihuana event license.   In addition to the five (5) license types under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA)—grower, processor, [...]

Michigan Microbusinesses: All You Need to Know

2019-07-26T15:16:04-05:00July 19th, 2019|

Ever since the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) passed in November 2018, one of the most talked about opportunities in Michigan's upcoming adult-use market has been the microbusiness license.  For months, individuals and companies eager to apply for a microbusiness license wondered exactly what the requirements would be and what the application [...]

Identifying and Disclosing your Cannabusiness’ “Managerial Employees”

2019-06-27T13:35:16-05:00June 14th, 2019|

After obtaining a cannabis business license, maintaining a stellar track record of compliance with the laws and rules is essential​ to your company’s continued success. To achieve this goal, your company must know all applicable regulatory requirements. This is to ensure that the business stays above board and does not incur fines, sanctions, or worse [...]

The Ongoing Battle Between Caregivers and Municipalities

2019-05-24T08:06:43-05:00May 24th, 2019|

Ever since the adoption of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) in 2008, an ongoing battle has brewed between caregivers and municipalities in Michigan. The issue? Whether marijuana caregivers who follow Michigan’s medical marijuana law must satisfy additional criteria under their local ordinances. Rights of caregivers vs. municipal authority Caregivers argue that state law is [...]

Michigan Court’s Opinion on Temporary Operators: Two Important Takeaways

2019-05-09T13:15:24-05:00May 3rd, 2019|

On April 30, 2019, Judge Stephen Borrello issued a decision related to the ongoing situation with temporarily operating cannabis facilities in Michigan. Judge Borrello’s opinion contains two important takeaways moving forward as Michigan establishes its medical and adult-use cannabis licensing and regulatory system. Before digging deeper into the opinion, it's important to understand how things ended [...]

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