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.

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 [...]

Convince Your Municipality to Adopt Cannabusiness Ordinances

2019-04-30T15:44:31-05:00April 26th, 2019|

If your municipality failed or refused to “opt in” allowing licensed cannabis facilities, there’s still hope. The good news? There may be a more effective way than trying to convince your elected officials to change their minds or waiting until new members enter office. One way to get your municipality on board with Michigan’s medical [...]

Work with a Team of Experts to Obtain a MMFLA License

2019-06-11T10:04:39-05:00April 24th, 2019|

Obtaining a Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) license is a complex and comprehensive process. All applicants must submit a Step 1 application and receive approval (aka “pre-qualification”) from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Step 1 requires that each applicant undergo an extensive financial and criminal background check, which includes full disclosure [...]

How Regulation Eliminates the Black Market for Marijuana in Michigan

2019-02-25T21:55:11-05:00February 4th, 2019|

How Michigan Municipalities Can Eliminate the Black Market In addition to deciding whether to prohibit licensed facilities under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) and the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA), municipalities must also make the important decision whether to allow the black market to continue to thrive. The decisions are [...]

Proposal 1 (MRTMA) Possession and Cultivation Amounts Explained

2018-12-07T16:09:54-05:00November 28th, 2018|

It has been one of the most frequently asked questions since Proposal 1 passed: “How much marijuana can I have now?” The answer depends on your individual status, the type of product/amount in your possession, and your location. Now that the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis in Michigan has been legalized for adults over [...]

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