Matthew Abel has been a practicing attorney in Michigan for over 30 years, and is the founder and Senior Partner of Cannabis Counsel®., a boutique marijuana law firm in Detroit, Michigan. Matthew is Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Cannabis Counsel®. law firm currently is assisting clients who are pursuing licenses to operate under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. Since passage of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, Cannabis Counsel®. has rapidly grown to include not only business clients and issues, but also employment, drug testing, family law, contract, real estate, landlord-tenant, and other issues surrounding cannabis.
Mr. Abel is a lifetime member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of the National Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
National Cannabis Industries Association member, National Cannabis Bar Association Board of Directors, founding lifetime member Board Member of MILegalize and MI NORML.
Because of his long history as a cannabis activist, attorney, and participation in a number of cannabis related groups, Mr. Abel served drafting committee for what is now the Michigan Taxation & Regulation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA)
Mr. Abel is a frequent author on marijuana issues and often presents at conferences and seminars throughout the United States.