Matthew R. Abel, Attorney at Law


Matthew Abel is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Cannabis Bar Association, where he serves on the board of directors.  He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and the ACLU of Michigan. 

Matthew Abel has been a practicing attorney in Michigan for over 30 years, and is the Executive Director of Michigan NORML  Matt founded Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C., a five-attorney Detroit, Michigan law firm entirely devoted to cannabis clients and cases, providing both business advice and legal counseling as well as criminal defense in 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 contract, real estate, employment, drug testing, probation, family law, landlord-tenant, intellectual property, and other issues surrounding cannabis.  Cannabis Counsel P.L.C. is a member of the National Cannabis Industries Association.  The firm’s client list includes patients, caregivers, clubs, collectives, dispensaries, garden supply stores, physicians, publishers, inventors, and other medical marijuana entrepreneurs, and Mr. Abel often serves in an “of counsel” relationship with other lawyers, assisting them in their cases. Matthew Abel was one of the drafters of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.

Mr. Abel speaks at cannabis conferences and seminars throughout the county and frequently is interviewed by news media on cannabis-related topics. He writes articles for several publications.

Mr. Abel holds a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy from Central Michigan University, a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. 



You can call Cannabis Counsel at 1-313-446-2235