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Attorney Barton W. Morris, Jr.

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Barton Morris is the principal attorney and founder of the Cannabis Legal Group, specializing in all marijuana-related legal issues including business law, corporate law, licensing, consulting, land use, and real property.

He was an official spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, and instrumental in the successful legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan. He is currently an officer of the Cannabis Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association, and chair of its webinar lawyer training and science committees. Barton Morris is a former member with of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Policy Council and current member and speaker for the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association.

One of the ways Barton has developed his marijuana law specialty is by being certified by the American Chemical Society as a Forensic Lawyer-Scientist; the only one in Michigan.

Attorney Barton Morris has been recognized professionally with several awards, including being rated 10/10 by AVVO, and a Super Lawyer Magazine outstanding attorney from 2016 to 2021.

Dbusiness Magazine also named Barton Morris a Top Attorney in Metro Detroit in 2012-2014 and 2019-2022 and named the Cannabis Legal Group the “Face of Cannabis Law” for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

On behalf of the State Bar of Michigan Cannabis Law Section, he has presented public policy section positions before the Michigan legislature. Additionally, he’s written articles for the Cannabis Law Section Journal.


  • Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business, Bachelor in Business Administration, May 1994
  • Michigan State University College of Law, May 1998
  • NCDD Summer Session, Harvard Law School, July 2013
  • Trial Lawyer’s College Alumni F Warrior Board Member, Region 7 2013-2016
  • Graduate Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming, September 2011
  • State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section Board Member 2016-2020, and Chair of the Science Committee
  • Department of the Attorney General Marijuana Policy Workgroup, Selected Member on behalf of AG Dana Nessel (2019- )
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, President (2019- )
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Faculty, Board Member (2014- )
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association, Charter Member, Faculty, Foundation Trustee (2015- )
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member, Faculty (2012- )
  • Graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, June 1999
  • Graduate of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Criminal Defense College, August 2010
  • Clerk for the Honorable David F. Breck, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge 1995-1998
  • Featured on Let It Rip, WJBK – My Fox Detroit, August 2011, January 2018 and April 2018
  • Selected Super Lawyer 2016-2020
  • Rated 10/10 by Avvo Legal
  • Selected a Top Lawyer of 2012-2014 and 2019-2020 by DBusiness Magazine
  • Selected the “Face of Cannabis Law” 2016, 2017 & 2018 by DBusiness Magazine
  • Heard on 89X, 101 WRIF and 97.1 “The Ticket”
  • National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) State Regulations Committee (SRC) for 2018-2019

Certificates of Completion

  • American Chemical Society “Lawyer-Scientist” Designation, October 2014
  • Forensic Chromatography Solid Drug Testing Course, April 2014
  • American Chemical Society Forensic Chromatography GC/FID Blood Alcohol Testing Course, August 2013 and October 2014
  • American Chemical Society Forensic Chromatography – GC/MS DUID Course, June 2014
  • Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) Practitioner Course – two times
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Practitioner Course – two times
  • DMT Datamaster Evidential Breath Testing Operator Training Course
  • BAC Datamaster Evidential Breath Testing Operator Training Course


  • State Bar of Michigan, admitted November 6, 1998
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter
  • Criminal Practice Committee, Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan
  • National College of DUI Attorneys, General Member, Faculty
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Inaugural and Board Member
  • Trustee, DUI Defense Lawyers Justice Foundation
  • Charter Member and Faculty, DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Chemical Society, Chemistry and Law Division
  • American Academy of Forensic Scientists
  • State Bar of Michigan, Marijuana Law Section, Council Member
  • Lifetime Member of NORML Legal Committee

Speaking, Lecture Presentations and Media Appearances

Licensed to Practice Law in

  • State of Michigan
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
I have been using the Cannabis legal team since 2017 and will continue to use them for years to come. Their professionalism and dedication to their clients is unlike any I have ever experienced with a legal team. From navigating the complicated Cannabis laws to creating and maintaining a new Cannabis business. They do it all! You guys have been amazing! I look forward to our continued work together.
Angela Y.
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