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Matthew R Abel

313-446-2235
Matthew R Abel
Cannabis Counsel, PLC
2930 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
www.cannabiscounsel.com
Phone: 313-446-2235
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Matthew R Abel

Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee

About Matthew R Abel

Matthew R. Abel has been a criminal defense lawyer in Michigan for 27 years. He founded Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C., a Michigan law firmentirely devoted to cannabis clients and cases, providing both business advice and legal counseling as well as criminal defense of marijuana cases throughout Michigan. Since passage of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, the practice has rapidly grown to incl... read more »

Biography

Matthew R. Abel has been a criminal defense lawyer in Michigan for 27 years. He founded Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C., a Michigan law firmentirely devoted to cannabis clients and cases, providing both business advice and legal counseling as well as criminal defense of marijuana cases throughout Michigan. Since passage of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, the practice has rapidly grown to include not only business clients and issues, but also employment, drug testing, probation, family law and landlord-tenant issues surrounding cannabis.

The firm's client list includes patients, caregivers, clubs, collectives, dispensaries, garden suppliers, physicians, publishers and other entrepreneurs in the medical marijuana field.

Matthew Abel is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the National Lawyers Guild, Americans for Safe Access, and the legal committee of the ACLU of Michigan.  Mr. Abel is former legal counsel for Michigan NORML, and is currently the Executive Director of Michigan NORML. He has lectured on Michigan Medical Marihuana Law for Oaksterdam University inMichigan, the Michigan Cannabis College, MedGrow Cannabis College and for the Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and to bar associations throughout the state. Mr. Abel has stood for public office seven times in Michigan, and was theDirector of the Committee for a Safer Michigan, the sponsor of a 2012 Michigan Constitutional Amendment Ballot Question Committee, to repeal marijuana prohibition in Michigan for adults 21 and over.  www.repealtoday.org

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Matthew R Abel -
Cannabis Counsel, PLC
2930 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
www.cannabiscounsel.com
Phone Numbers:
  • Office: 313-446-2235
  • Mobile: 248-866-0864
  • Fax: 313-784-9327

Practice Areas

Area of Practice % Focus
100.00%
Criminal Defense50.00%
Marijuana Defense50.00%

Credentials

Bar Licenses

State Status Year Acquired
Michigan Member in Good Standing 1986

Work Experience

Position Duration
Senior Partner, Cannabis Counsel, PLC 2010 – present

Education

School Major Degree Year Graduated
Wayne State University Law School Law Juris Doctor 1985
Central Michigan University Public Administration Master of Science 1980
Central Michigan University Philosophy Bachelor of Arts 1978
Castleton State College Criminal Justice Associate in Science 1975

Associations

Position Organization Duration
Member American Civil Liberties Union present
Member Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan present
Executive Director Michigan NORML present
Life Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers present
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws present
Member National Lawyers Guild present

Awards and Recognitions

Recognition Granting Organization Year
Eagle Scout Boy Scouts of America 1972

Speaking Engagements

Presentation Title Conference Year
Medical Marijuana Legal Issues in New Mexico, Michigan, Oregon and Washington NORML Legal Seminar, Aspen 2010

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