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Michael Hughes

888-878-9108
Michael  Hughes
Hughes Law & The Hughes Companies
920 NW Bond Street, Suite 206
Bend, OR 97703
www.thehughescompanies.com
Phone: 888-878-9108
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Michael Hughes

Lifetime Member

About Michael Hughes

Michael R. Hughes is a trial lawyer, farmer and author.  Mr. Hughes grew up on a farm in eastern Nebraska.  Currently, he resides in the High Desert of Oregon.  Mr. Hughes is now available to provide expert opinion and reports regarding compliance issues for cannabis related businesses, including those seeking to open a dispensary under Oregon’s new dispensary law, H.B. 3460.  He is also av... read more »

Biography

Michael R. Hughes is a trial lawyer, farmer and author.  Mr. Hughes grew up on a farm in eastern Nebraska.  Currently, he resides in the High Desert of Oregon. 

Mr. Hughes is now available to provide expert opinion and reports regarding compliance issues for cannabis related businesses, including those seeking to open a dispensary under Oregon’s new dispensary law, H.B. 3460.  He is also available to provide expert opinion in legal cases concerning cannabis production and distribution.

Mr. Hughes is the founder of Hughes Law and The Hughes Companies, which does jury trial consulting, mediation, and expert opinion regarding cannabis production and distribution.  The Hughes Companies also have a division that promotes the arts and entertainment.

Mr. Hughes has extensive jury trial experience.  He has obtained numerous favorable outcomes for his clients at trial, including many not guilty verdicts and total exoneration.  Mr. Hughes is regarded as the consummate fighter and advocate for his clients.  He has represented thousands of clients in a variety of criminal, juvenile, child protection and personal injury matters.  He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience within the legal system.

Mr. Hughes graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  In 1999, he graduated from Drake University Law School, where he focused on Criminal Law, Agricultural Law and litigation.  Mr. Hughes also graduated from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in 2006.  Mr. Hughes is a former adjunct professor of Criminal Law and Procedure at Minnesota State University – Moorhead.

Mr. Hughes has extensively studied the cannabis plant for over 25 years.  "Hemp", a non-psychoactive strain of the cannabis plant, was a feral crop in eastern Nebraska where he grew up.  Hemp had been grown commercially in that area for multiple generations.  Mr. Hughes was able to learn much about this plant at an early age, both from observing the feral hemp growing every year, and by learning about its production from those who used to do it commercially.  His grandfather's generation was the last to legally farm hemp in the United States, prior to 1937.  This life experience provided Mr. Hughes with a wealth of information about the cannabis plant and a particular interest in industrial hemp.

Mr. Hughes founded the Industrial Hemp Producers Association in 1997 while still in law school.  In 1999 he wrote an unpublished article called “Industrial Hemp: What is there to legalize?”  He is currently working on an updated version of that article.  Mr. Hughes is also the author of the soon to be released book “High Way”, which is the first book in the series “High, Higher and Highest: A Trilogy of Prohibition Parables”.

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Michael Hughes -
Hughes Law & The Hughes Companies
920 NW Bond Street, Suite 206
Bend, OR 97703
www.thehughescompanies.com
Phone Numbers:
  • Office: 888-878-9108

Practice Areas

Area of Practice % Focus
Federal Crimes7.00%
Drug Crimes7.00%
Marijuana Defense7.00%
Juvenile Defense7.00%
Civil Trial Law6.00%
Domestic Violence6.00%
Firearm and Weapon Charges6.00%
Theft Crimes6.00%
White Collar Crime6.00%
Sex Crimes6.00%
Motor Vehicle Accidents6.00%
Wrongful Death6.00%
Police Brutality6.00%
Police Misconduct6.00%
Excessive Force6.00%
False Arrest6.00%

Credentials

Bar Licenses

State Status Year Acquired
Oregon Member in Good Standing 2013
Nebraska Member in Good Standing 2004
Minnesota Member in Good Standing 1999

Work Experience

Position Duration
The Hughes Companies 2012 – present
Hughes Law 2012 – present
Berg & Associates 20112012
Hazelton Injury Attorneys 20072011
Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure 20042007
Public Defender - 7th Judicial District Minn. 19992007

Education

School Major Degree Year Graduated
Drake University Law School Litigation/Ag Law J.D. 1999
University of Nebraska Criminal Justice B.S. 1995

Associations

Position Organization Duration
Graduate Trial Lawyers College 2006 – present
Lifetime Member National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws present

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President Trump And Cannabis

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016

As the dust settles on another election, Cannabis law reform had another unbelievable year. What has occurred in the last four years regarding the momentum in the legalization movement is one o... [read more]

Another Pivotal Election Year for Cannabis

Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

As the election results have come in and while most are focused on the Presidential and Congressional races, we here at The Hughes Companies have been keenly watching several important cannabis v... [read more]

The Hemp May Have Just Hit The Fan

Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2016

Overlooked by the news today that they DEA had denied a five year old petition to reschedule marijuana was a Statement of Principles clarifying the federal government’s industrial hemp polic... [read more]

2014: Unexpectedly Great Year for Cannabis Industry

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

It would be an extreme understatement to say that 2014 was a great year for the cannabis industry. Colorado started the year out by unrolling their recreational retail system in January. At the sa... [read more]

Voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia vote to Legalize Cannabis

Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

November 4, 2014 was a historic day in cannabis policy reform. Residents in the District of Columbia voted to legalize cannabis use, possession and cultivation for adults. Oregon and Alaska voted ... [read more]

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program needs Measure 91 to pass

Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Contrary to arguments being made by some within the medical cannabis community in Oregon, Measure 91 is actually beneficial to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). It certainly is not goin... [read more]