▸ Memorial Day, Cannabis and Roadside Stops by Police May Be Synonymous This Holiday Weekend
May 24th, 2021 | WWJ Newsradio 950
“Alcohol and marijuana are completely different substances and should be treated as such. Yet, they are treated the exact same by police when it comes to traffic stops and arrests,” said Barton Morris, founder of The Law Offices of Barton Morris and the Cannabis Legal Group. “Until the procedures and testing surrounding marijuana DUI offenses change, then every marijuana DUI arrest’s legitimacy can and should be questioned.”
▸ Michigan’s marijuana industry leaves people of color behind
February 1st, 2021 | WILX-TV
The history of people of color being arrested and prosecuted for marijuana-related offenses makes them less likely to be given opportunities to participate in the industry, workgroup member and attorney Barton Morris said. Though there’s work being done to reverse that damage, diversity in the industry hasn’t taken off.
▸ Hero Technologies Expanding Cannabis Business in Michigan
January 22nd, 2021 | Yahoo! Finance
To facilitate the deal and assist with Michigan licensing, Hero Technologies has engaged Barton Morris, Esq., principal attorney at Cannabis Legal Group. The law firm has specialized in cannabis-related business law, licensing, and land use in Michigan for over 10 years.
▸ Report calls for new marijuana taxes to help promote minority ownership
January 19th, 2021 | The Detroit Free Press
“This is a really, really progressive initiative,” said Barton Morris, a lawyer and chair of one of the work group’s five subcommittees. “It’s going to make Michigan a leader in our industry, throughout the entire country.”
▸ Applicants sue municipalities over not following cannabis business ordinances
January 13th, 2021 | WWJ Newsradio 950
The legalization of recreational marijuana use is causing some Michigan municipalities to bleed cash. It comes down to the application process as Barton Morris, head of the Cannabis Legal Group in Royal Oak, says.
▸ U.S. House approves legislation to decriminalize marijuana
December 6th, 2020 | WWJ Newsradio 950
The House approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level. It’s expected to address racial disparities in how federal drug laws are enforced. Barton Morris, principal attorney at the Cannabis Legal Group, says the move is, “historic and encouraging.”
▸ House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana
December 4th, 2020 | WMYD 20 Detroit
Legalization of marijuana is one step closer to becoming a reality on the federal level. Barton Morris, principal attorney of the Cannabis Legal Group, weighs in on the historic Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act.
▸ Barton Morris on Detroit’s Proposed Recreational Ordinance
October 26th, 2020 | WWJ Newsradio 950
“The current medical marijuana provisioning centers simply just want the opportunity and believe they should get a recreational license. That’s usually what happens when a city who already authorizes medical facilities adds recreational facilities; the medical facilities’ licenses that are pending automatically receive one. So, I think all of them should have the opportunity to do that.”
▸ Even though Detroit finally has a recreational marijuana ordinance, the fight is still far from over
October 26th, 2020 | Detroit Metro Times
“There’s going to be a bunch of medical marijuana business that have been operating for some time in the city of Detroit that ore going to be left out and that’s problematic,” says attorney Barton Morris. “They have been in the marijuana industry for up to eight years, and some people might find themselves out of the mix.”
▸ Detroit leaders outline plans for recreational marijuana shops
October 26th, 2020 | Local 4 News
Detroit introduced an ordinance that outlines plans for recreational marijuana shops. Now those negatively impacted by illegal marijuana sales in the past will have the same chance to make profit off the industry the legal way. But principal attorney, Barton Morris, believes there is a group that deserves the same opportunity. “There have been 75 dispensaries, medical dispensaries in the City of Detroit that also have been waiting and hoping that they would be given the first opportunity for a recreational retail license.”
▸ Lessenberry: Pot sales smoke-and-mirrors fix to Michigan’s economy
July 20th, 2020 | The Blade
Barton Morris, an attorney who runs the Cannabis Legal Group in suburban Royal Oak, said “this is definitely going to be a billion-dollar business, and more.” Noting that marijuana is still illegal under federal law, he added, “and think about what will happen when that changes — and at some point, it will change.”
▸ Michigan social equity regulations help cannabis applicants get started, but lack continued support
July 17th, 2020 | MarijuanaBusiness Daily
She said one of the main sticking points in the development of Michigan’s social equity program has been the slow progress of awarding adult-use licenses. That’s partly the result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is also the case in Illinois. But the Illinois program is “much more robust,” said Barton Morris, a Royal Oak-based attorney with the Cannabis Legal Group. So far, Barton is “underwhelmed” with the social equity program in Michigan.
▸ Inside Michigan Business: A Look at the Marijuana Industry
July 9th, 2020 | StartupNation
On today’s episode, John and Jack explore one of Michigan’s newest industries, the legal marijuana trade. Both medicinal and recreational pot shops have opened in many local communities, but questions like how prosperous that business is and what the future holds for marijuana entrepreneurs will be answered on today’s podcast with guests Kathy Gray, Barton Morris, and Jason Eelbode.
▸ Michigan Supreme Court Says Municipalities Can Regulate Caregiver Growth Of Medical Marijuana
April 30th, 2020 | Yahoo Finance and Benzinga
“This could be the start of the narrowing of caregiving activities and this is what a lot of people kind of feared,” attorney Barton Morris, founder of Cannabis Legal Group, told Wood TV 8 on Tuesday. “It’s going to lead to a lot of cities coming out with new ordinances that are restricting caregiving activities.”
▸ Guns or marijuana? Even in pot-friendly states like Michigan, residents can only choose one
February 20th, 2020 | Detroit Metro Times
“It’s against the law to be a user of marijuana and be in possession of a gun,” Barton Morris, principal attorney of the Cannabis Legal Group in Royal Oak, tells Metro Times. “The state law, unfortunately, does not create a defense.” Morris says there’s so much confusion over the issue that he recently posted a video online to explain the nuances of the law.
▸ Vote on merit system for marijuana businesses in Berkley delayed to Jan. 23
January 21st, 2020 | C & G Newspapers
Barton Morris, a lawyer with Cannabis Legal Group in Royal Oak, took issue with the city increasing the number of points for a business that doesn’t immediately abut a residential property. Morris stated marijuana businesses serve residents in the same manner as liquor stores, drug stores and restaurants, and he saw no reason to incentivize businesses to not locate next to residential zones.
▸ Licensed Dispensary in Burton Ready to Offer Customers Home Delivery Service
January 10th, 2020 | Channel 7 WXYZ
Barton Morris is with the Cannabis Legal Group and says more and more shops will be popping up and offering this service, which is why it’s important for consumers to make a purchase from a licensed shop. If they don’t, “they’re getting product that’s not tested, that’s potentially unsafe and it’s illegal.”
▸ Parsing Legal Marijuana in Michigan with Attorney Barton Morris
December 27th, 2019 | Weed Wonks
Barton Morris, one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the state of Michigan and an expert on the state’s legal cannabis industry, speak with Jordan and Andrew out in Las Vegas, Nevada during the recent MJBiz Conference in Las Vegas at the MJToday Media Mansion. Produced by Shea Gunther.
▸ Break Down Of Recreational Marijuana Taxes By Michigan Based Cannabis Legal Group
December 15th, 2019 | The Cannabis Radar
For recreational marijuana, the state of Michigan currently charges a 6% sales tax along with a 10% excise tax. Barton Morris with Cannabis Legal Group delved into the matter deeper and showed how those taxes break down.
▸ Michigan Based Cannabis Legal Group Breaks Down Recreational Marijuana Taxes
December 9th, 2019 | 9 and 10 News
The state of Michigan currently charges a six percent sales tax on recreational marijuana along with a ten percent excise tax. Barton Morris with Cannabis Legal Group gave us a closer look at how those taxes break down.
▸ Cannabis Legal Group CEO Talks Roadside Cannabis Testing
November 24th, 2019 | MI TechNews
Barton Morris, CEO of the Cannabis Legal Group, explains what drivers should do should they getted stopped by police for possible Cannabis intoxication.
▸ Potential $1.7 billion adult-use cannabis market in Michigan gears up for Dec. 1 launch
November 18th, 2019 | Marijuana Business Daily
As of Nov. 8, 1,393 cities, villages and townships – or 78.5% of the state’s total of 1,773 – had opted out of the rec market. But Barton Morris, principal attorney of the Cannabis Legal Group in Michigan, said many are just taking their time to decide how many facilities to permit. Within five years, he said, “I think half (of all townships, villages and cities) will permit it.” And that, Morris said, will be enough to generate a robust market.
▸ Social Cannabis Bars Coming to Michigan? (VIDEO)
November 12th, 2019 | WDIV Local 4
Have you heard about social cannabis consumption bars? They could open as early as Dec. 1st, 2019. The Cannabis Legal Group is working to bring these unique social places across Metro Detroit and the State of Michigan.
▸ Expunging marijuana convictions would be easy under new Michigan bill
October 17th, 2019 | Detroit Metro Times
One of the leading advocates for expunging pot-related offense, Barton Morris, says he’s happy the bill includes expungement for some felonies. “There are people who were operating dispensaries and ended up getting convicted. There are people currently serving probation, jail, and prison sentences for nonviolent marijuana-related convictions.”
▸ Controversy continues over medical marijuana dispensaries licensing process in Warren
October 8th, 2019 | WDIV Local 4
A long legal battle in Warren over medical marijuana appears to be over after a judge awarded 15 dispensaries licenses to operate in the city. “You had members make the score and vote on it with the majority to have the final decision,” Travis Copenhaver with the Cannabis Legal Group said.
▸ Detroit looks to the future of weed with ‘cannabis bars’
October 1st, 2019 | Windsor Star
While residents of the state have capitalized on the legal recreational cannabis change by opening dispensaries–many unlicensed–the Detroit lawyers want to vie for the title of Michigan’s cannabis capital by allowing consumption sites, or “cannabis bars,” to open in the city.
▸ Will Detroit have marijuana bars? Local attorney believes so
September 29, 2019 | Local 4 News
A local law firm says the concept is simple. The firm wants to have places where people can go smoke marijuana, and it says Detroit is a great launching pad for that.
▸ Recreational ‘Pot Bars’ In Detroit? Expect To Find Them In 2020, Attorney Says
September 27, 2019 | WWJ Newsradio 950
Expect to be able to walk into a bar in Detroit, about year from now, to hang out and enjoy some recreational marijuana. That’s according to attorney Barton Morris of the Cannabis Legal Group, who held a “Cannabusiness Seminar” Friday at the TCF Center for people who want to learn all about pot shop and “pot bar” possibilities in Michigan.
▸ This law firm is offering assistance with expungement for pot-related misdemeanors
September 24, 2019 | Channel 7 WXYZ
Cannabis Legal Group is offering to assist men and women who have been convicted of cannabis-related misdemeanors have their records expunged.
▸ Cannabis Legal Group helps Michigan residents with securing expungements
September 23, 2019 | WILX-10
The Cannabis Legal Group is looking to help assist men and women who have been convicted of cannabis-related misdemeanors have their criminal records expunged, according to a press release.
▸ Cannabis Legal Group Helping Residents with Expungements during National Expungement Week
September 23, 2019 | Michigan Chronicle
Cannabis Legal Group wants to assist men and women who have been convicted of cannabis-related misdemeanors have their criminal records expunged. As part of National Expungement Week 2019, Cannabis Legal Group, along with the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association, will be participating at 3 expungement clinics in Detroit, Lansing, and Pontiac.
▸ Legal group offering clinics on clearing marijuana convictions from criminal records
September 18, 2019 | Southgate News-Herald
Do you have a conviction for a marijuana-related misdemeanor offense that you’d like to get removed from your record? Learn how that can happen by attending an expungement clinic next week in Pontiac, Detroit or Lansing, courtesy of a Royal Oak-based law firm.
▸ Lawyers offer help with record expungement for marijuana crimes
September 18, 2019 | mLive
A law firm is offering to help people expunge their records of marijuana crimes at three clinics in Detroit, Lansing and Pontiac. The Cannabis Legal Group, a Royal-Oak based law firm, and the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association are hosting the expungement clinics.
▸ Michigan closer to expunging low-level marijuana crimes, but it won’t be automatic
September 14, 2019 | WWJ Newsradio 950
Barton Morris discusses the new legislative expungement bill and National Expungement Week 2019 on WWJ Newsradio 950.
▸ Michigan closer to expunging low-level marijuana crimes, but it won’t be automatic
September 10, 2019 | Detroit Metro Times
More than 225,000 Michigan residents convicted of low-level marijuana crimes may soon be eligible to have their records cleared due to a bill set to introduce this week in the senate. “It’s not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Cannabis Legal Group principal attorney Barton Morris.
▸ FBI scrutiny of corruption in US cannabis industry welcomed by some, scorned by others
August 22, 2019 | MJBiz Daily
It’s not just Western states that have decentralized regulatory structures that increase the potential for corruption. Barton Morris, principal attorney of the Cannabis Legal Group in Michigan, cited that state’s medical marijuana industry as another example.
▸ How can I get an expungement for a cannabis-related offense in Michigan?
July 31, 2019 | Common Citizen
Barton Morris is the founder and principal attorney at Cannabis Legal Group, a Detroit-based law firm specializing in marijuana-related legal issues. He’s appalled that the people of Michigan are still suffering the consequences for cannabis-related convictions.
▸ Michigan looks to right past on marijuana by targeting communities once negatively affected
July 18, 2019 | Channel 7 WXYZ
Barton Morris, an active voice that helped pass the 2018 marijuana legislature, told 7 Action News he was anticipating that people who had demonstrated that they were disproportionately impacted by past marijuana laws would get some sort of priority when it came to licensing.
▸ Barton Morris on the Frank Beckmann Show
July 17, 2019 | WJR News Talk 760 AM
Barton Morris comments on Sen. Irwin’s proposed Michigan Senate bill that would expunge low-level cannabis offenses for over 235,000 Michigan residents.
▸ Michigan Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Expunge Marijuana Convictions
July 16, 2019 | Channel 7 WXYZ
Barton Morris comments on Sen. Irwin’s proposed Senate bill that would expunge low-level marijuana offenses for over 235,000 Michigan residents.
▸ Minorities find themselves almost shut out of Michigan’s marijuana business
June 21st, 2019 | Detroit Free Press
Barton Morris, an attorney with the Cannabis Legal Group in Royal Oak, said that most of his marijuana-related clients are white men and they have a distinct advantage in the industry.
▸ On the Horizon: Emerging Markets and Trends | Illinois, Michigan, Ohio: Cannabis in the Midwest
June 11th, 2019 | MJBizCon NEXT
The cannabis space is undergoing a rapid transformation in the Midwest, with a relatively new medical marijuana program in Ohio, a challenging restructuring of Michigan’s MMJ industry as the state also prepares to launch an adult-use market.
▸ Barton Morris on the Frank Beckmann Show
June 4th, 2019 | WJR News Talk 760 AM
Barton Morris calls for legislative action regarding marijuana conviction expungements with Chris Renwick.
▸ Gov. Whitmer promised to expunge marijuana-related criminal records in Michigan. Those convicted are still waiting.
June 3rd, 2019 | Detroit Metro Times
“Something needs to be done immediately,” says Barton Morris, an attorney and leading advocate for expunging pot-related offenses and pardoning people who are in jail for offenses that are now civil infractions. “There are people currently serving probation, jail, and prison sentences for nonviolent marijuana-related convictions.
Airing excerpts from the live panel event in Detroit, and discussing the intersection of marijuana legalization and social justice nationwide with The Hill’s Reid Wilson.
Morris, who’s defended folks accused of marijuana offenses for the past 20 years, supports developing the marijuana industry.
Barton Morris said it quickly became evident that prosecutors and police were unsure how to interpret the recreational marijuana law, called the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act.
AG Dana Nessel announced that she’s started a legal work group on medical and recreational marijuana issues to regularly review and analyze laws and regulations that affect the Michigan market. Barton Morris was included in this group and is in a unique position to continue fighting for the industry.
AG Dana Nessel announced the creation of a marijuana legal workgroup that will meet to review, analyze, discuss and opine on laws and regulations concerning the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana in the State of Michigan.
Attorney Barton Morris with the Cannabis Legal Group in Royal Oak said fewer citations were a Proposal 1 goal. But they’re lower than he expected.
Attorney Barton W. Morris Jr. attends the cannabis committee’s meeting at the Chesterfield Township Municipal Offices as officials consider licensing cannabis industry entities in the community.
Barton Morris on growing Michigan’s cannabis industry.
▸ Michigan recreational marijuana rules moving ‘swiftly’
Apr. 1st, 2019 | M Live
Last week officials with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) met privately with 57 stakeholders that included medical marijuana businesses, lawyers, municipal representatives and interested individuals.
Feb. 17th, 2019 | Detroit Free Press
“Anything you put in food has to be regulated by the (U.S. Food and Drug Administration),” said attorney Barton Morris, adding that it’s “unlawful” to sell a product that isn’t.
Feb. 1st, 2019 | Detroit Free Press
As Michigan enters the brave new world of legal recreational marijuana, some long-time holdouts in law enforcement are expected to stand down.
Jan. 31st, 2019 | M Live
Cities and townships have to create specific laws governing marijuana licenses and ordinances, Morris said.
Jan. 31st, 2019 | U.S. News & World Report
Barton Morris, one of the lawyers involved with the marijuana legalization campaign, believes attitudes will change over time.
Jan. 29th, 2019 | M Live
Barton Morris, a lawyer at Cannabis Legal Group in Royal Oak who was among those promoting the legalization campaign, said many of the new business schemes are “definitely illegal.”
Jan. 2nd, 2019 | The Detroit News
“My opinion is that they are not legal, and I would not be surprised if they are prosecuted,” said Barton Morris, principal attorney of Royal Oak’s Cannabis Legal Group.
Jan. 2nd, 2019 | Marijuana Business Daily
According to Michigan-based cannabis attorney Barton Morris, some of the MMJ dispensaries had pending applications before the marijuana licensing board, and other firms’ applications were denied.
Jan. 1st, 2019 | WXYZ Channel 7
Dozens of local medical marijuana dispensaries are shut down after the state issued a deadline for the businesses to get a license.
Dec. 17th, 2018 | FOX 47
Barton Morris said the next step is to get criminal records for non-violent offenses expunged.
▸ Suit: Cops illegally seized car after $10 marijuana buy Dec. 6th, 2018 | Detroit News
The attorney for a Detroit woman has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging Wayne County sheriff’s deputies illegally impounded her car after she was cited for buying $10 of marijuana — costing her $1,200 in fees and fines.
And that means no firing up a bowl on the front porch or vapes in the driveway because those are considered public places, said Royal Oak cannabis attorney Barton Morris.
▸ 7 last-minute things you need to know about recreational marijuana in Michigan
Dec. 5th, 2018 | WXYZ Channel 7
You can only smoke inside your house, not on the front porch. However, on your back porch is fine according to Attorney Barton Morris with the Cannabis Legal Group.
▸ Prohibition ends: Pot now legal in Michigan Dec. 5th, 2018 | Detroit News
Detroit — Marijuana became legal at the stroke of midnight Thursday in Michigan, making it the first state in the Midwest to end the controlled substance’s prohibition.
▸ Boehner-backed Acreage Holdings acquires Michigan cannabis company
Nov. 27th, 2018 | The Detroit News
Barton Morris, founder of the Cannabis Legal Group in Royal Oak, said Acreage’s move brings a significant amount of capital and infrastructure into Michigan whose cannabis market still is only developing.
▸ You can legally smoke pot in Michigan in the next month: What you need to know
Nov. 7th, 2018 | WXYZ Channel 7
“This is what’s best for Michigan,” said Barton Morris, a lawyer who spear-headed the pro-recreational marijuana movement. “It’s what’s best for the movement.”
▸ Legalization of marijuana: What’s next? Nov. 7th, 2018 | Clickon Detroit
With the legalization of marijuana happening at yesterday’s election, questions are surfacing asking what’s next for the growing marijuana business.
Barton Morris, a lawyer with the Royal Oak-based Cannabis Legal Group, said Michigan’s guidelines to apply for marijuana licenses require the disclosure of financial, litigation and criminal histories of all stakeholders in a company, including owners, investors and shareholders.
▸ Social Justice Or Commercialization? Expert Views On Michigan’s Recreational Marijuana Proposal
Oct. 25th, 2018 | Benzinga
Barton Morris, the principal attorney at Cannabis Legal Group, said Prop 1 has “everything to do about social justice and about doing what is right.”
Oct. 25th, 2018 | WXYZ Channel 7
“Marijuana has been putting people in prison and jail, getting people arrested and put in court for really no reason,” said Barton Morris, an attorney who specializes in cannabis law that supports Proposal 1.
▸ Watch tonight: Detroit 2020 Town Hall: Marijuana in Michigan
Oct. 24th, 2018 | WXYZ Channel 7
On Thursday night, WXYZ will host a Detroit 2020 Town Hall over Marijuana in Michigan. Barton Morris, Cannabis Legal Group, will be a panelists.
▸ Michigan pot industry faces legal obstacles
Oct. 11th, 2018 | The Detroit News
The seminar, the 10th held by Royal Oak’s Cannabis Legal Group and Colorado-based Vincente Sederberg, two cannabis licensing and business law firms, came less than a month before the Nov. 6 election.
▸ The debate over legalizing recreational pot Sept. 26th, 2018 | Fox 2 News: Let It Rip
Barton Morris, marijuana defense lawyer. Part 2: Unintended consequences of legalizing. Joining the panel is former Canton police officer …
▸ The new frontier of legal weed
Sept. 23rd, 2018 | Crain’s Detroit Business
Business owners who want to enter the cannabis space will have to jump through a specific set of state and local hoops to start an operation and stay in business, said Barton Morris, founder of the Royal Oak-based Cannabis Legal Group.
▸ The Craig Fahle Show – Episode 54 June 11th, 2018 | New Radio Media
Discussion topics include the legalization of recreational marijuana, with special guests Scott Greenlee, Barton Morris, Cedric Ballarin, and Chad Livengood.
▸ Michigan farmers welcome opportunity to grow industrial hemp
June 9th, 2018 | MiBiz
Travis Copenhaver, an attorney with the Royal Oak-based Cannabis Legal Group, said that since CBD products are generally produced from cannabis plants containing THC, they fall under regulation of the state’s Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act of 2016.
▸ Troy faces medical marijuana turf war June 5th, 2018 | Click on Detroit – Local 4
Michigan voters will get to decide if recreational marijuana will become legal in the state. Meanwhile, a legal battle is brewing in Troy over medical marijuana….
▸ Dismissal of Felony Marijuana Delivery Charges June 2nd, 2018 | WXYZ Channel 7
Exclusive interview with Channel 7 following the dismissal of felony marijuana delivery charges which would have ended in deportation for our client.
▸ Troy sued over new marijuana ordinance May 9th, 2018 | The Oakland Press
“I think the ordinance itself is in violation of state law,” Morris said. “Michigan’s MMA allows caregivers to grow anywhere they want. Troy only wants 36 growers? There’s no legal basis for that – you can’t limit the number of caregivers. That makes me laugh.”…
▸ What’s the holdup with awarding medical marijuana licenses in Michigan?
May 1st, 2018 | Detroit Free Press
“Everybody is concerned. What are patients going to do on June 15?” said Barton Morris, a Royal Oak attorney who represents cannabis clients.