Michigan was the 10th state in the country to legalize marijuana and the first within the midwest. With the legalization of cannabis and accessories, dispensaries quickly opened up all across the state and almost instantly saw booming sales.
As of February 2020, there were already 47 active licenses in the state for businesses to sell marijuana, and that number has only grown.
But, there are still so many rules and regulations to cannabis sales, marketing, etc., that it’s a good idea for every seller to have an experienced cannabis attorney on hand at all times. Unfortunately, because this is still a relatively new industry, you might feel as though there isn’t an attorney out there that will work to fit your needs.
So, what can you do to find a great recreational marijuana attorney in Michigan? Let’s go over some helpful tips.
1. Find Someone Who Specializes in Cannabis
There are plenty of lawyers in the state of Michigan, and many of them work regularly with businesses and intellectual property. That would be great if you were running a traditional business.
Instead, what you should really be focused on is finding an attorney who knows the cannabis industry on a state and local level, and stays up to date on any changes, laws, or regulations that come into play.
2. Communication is Key
One of the best tips to keep in mind when looking for a marijuana attorney is to find someone who is actively communicative. If you’re paying an attorney by the hour, for example, you want to make the most of that hour.
If you send an email, you should expect one back in a timely manner. The same goes for phone calls, voice messages, etc. If you don’t feel like your attorney is invested in your business, they’re not the right one for you.
3. Avoid Firms That Only Do Cannabis Law
This might seem a little contradictory at first. But, cannabis law is relatively new, in the grand scheme of things. So, while it’s important to choose an attorney experienced in cannabis law, that shouldn’t be the only area of law they practice.
For example, a business lawyer who also specializes in cannabis law could be perfect for you. Take a look at their degrees, their specialties, and other cases they have been a part of. It’s always a good idea to go for an attorney who is well-versed in more areas of law than one.
4. Ask Around
As an official business owner, you are now a part of a community, and you can use members of that community as a resource. If there are other (non-cannabis) lawyers in the area that you trust, don’t be afraid to ask them for recommendations or talk to them about who they trust in the legal field that has experience in the cannabis industry.
You can also talk to other Michigan dispensaries throughout the state. Ask about their legal experiences, what they looked for in an attorney, and who they ended up going with. This is a booming industry, but many people are still learning more about the legalities of it. Asking questions is a great way to get more information and learn about who you can trust.
5. Find Someone You Can Trust
In addition to asking your fellow business owners, other lawyers, and people in your community, don’t be afraid to call area attorneys yourself. Trust your instincts and go with an attorney that feels right. You always want to be able to trust your legal team and know that they are giving you sound advice for your business.
If you’ve already been working with an attorney for a while, there is no shame in changing if you don’t feel comfortable with them or don’t feel as though you can trust them. The cannabis industry can still feel a bit “edgy” sometimes, so even if you’re passionate about it and know what you’re doing, it’s important to make sure your attorney knows what they’re doing, as well.
If you’re looking for a recreational marijuana attorney in Michigan, feel free to contact us at Fisher, Fowler and Williams. We have the experience you’re looking for to stay safe and compliant within the cannabis industry, as well as a business background to assist all businesses licensed within the State of Michigan.