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‘Blunt Truth’ seminar scheduled for Sept. 2

“The Blunt Truth: Your Local Pot Shop and Hashing Out the Legal Details” is the title of a Wednesday, Sept. 2 program offered by the Oakland County Bar Association.

The Zoom event will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The featured speakers will be Robert Davis of Davis Burket Savage Listman; Michelle R.E. Donovan of Butzel Long; Justin Dunaskiss of Dunaskiss Consulting and Development; Christopher Johnson of the Michigan Municipal League; and Benjamin Sobczak of Pleasantrees Cannabis Company. The moderator will be Kelsey Cooke, the legal counsel for the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioners Drainage District.

“What is the impact of a ‘pot shop’ opening up in your client’s neighborhood? This seminar presents an overview of recreational (non-medical) marijuana commercial business facilities legalized within Michigan and the impact on municipalities and private real estate development,” said a spokesperson for the OCBA.

Topics of discussion will include:

• The difficulties in closing cannabis real estate transactions in this fast-moving industry

• Notable pitfalls in commercial cannabis transactions and lessons to learn regarding general regulatory compliance

• Permitting, enforcement, impact on local real estate values

• Options for local government regarding opting out of allowing these facilities and potential mitigation of legal risks.

To register for the seminar, visit www.ocba.org or call (248) 334-3400.


State lawmaker positive for virus before Guard training

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing-area state lawmaker has tested positive for the coronavirus through screening required by his service in the Michigan Army National Guard.

Republican Sen. Tom Barrett, of Charlotte, said he was told the results Sunday afternoon after being tested Friday. The 39-year-old said he was tested because the guard implemented a COVID-19 screening policy for all soldiers one week before they are to depart for training events.

He said he tested positive despite having taken “reasonable precautions.” Videos show him wearing a mask during several legislative hearings last week and the week before.

Barrett sponsored a bill in April that would repeal a law that has given Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers to act unilaterally during the pandemic. The Senate-passed bill is pending in the House but would surely be vetoed by the governor if it passed.

“Thankfully I do not have any significant symptoms at this time, and I will be self-isolating according to medical guidelines,” he said in a statement. “I have done my best to make contact with those I have been around in the past couple weeks so that they may also seek medical advice. I look forward to resuming my normal work schedule as quickly as possible.”

The Senate informed senators and staff of the positive test.

The next scheduled session is Thursday, when both the Senate and House were potentially going to convene to address bills related to the start of the school year.


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