Seminar to focus on medical marijuana laws

The State Bar of Michigan General Practice - Solo and Small Firm Section will host a luncheon seminar called "Medical Marijuana -- The Law is Evolving -- What you Need to Know," from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at Ginopolis on the Grill, located at 27815 Middlebelt Road in Farmington Hills.

The seminar will delve into the laws governing the 63,735 patients and 25,000 caregivers currently authorized to use marijuana legally in Michigan. With more than 50,000 other patient applications pending, it's a problem that grows larger every day.

Two speakers will address the issues:

* Matthew R. Abel, founder and senior partner at Cannabis Counsel PLC, a law firm entirely devoted to cannabis-related clients and cases. Mr. Abel has focused on criminal defense of marijuana cases for over 20 years. Since passage of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, his practice has grown to include business clients and issues, as well as employment, drug testing, probation and domestic issues surrounding cannabis consumption.

* Dan Korobkin, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union since 2008, is responsible for litigating cases and advancing civil liberties in Michigan. The ACLU currently has suits pending against Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham and Livonia for not allowing the use, sale or growth of medical marijuana, and is also defending a man who was fired from his managerial position at Wal-Mart for using prescribed medical marijuana to treat symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor.

The cost of the luncheon seminar is $25 for section members and $30 for others in advance, or $35 at the door. Register online at For additional information on the seminar, contact Elizabeth A. Silverman at

Published: Tue, May 17, 2011


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