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Pursuing Michigan Matthew Abel
Matthew Abel

Matthew Abel

36 years of experience

Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Business Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law



Matthew Abel has been a lawyer in Michigan for over 30 years, and is Executive Director of Michigan NORML. Matthew 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 employment, drug testing, probation, family law, contract, real estate, landlord-tenant, and other issues surrounding cannabis. Cannabis Counsel P.L.C. is a member of the National Cannabis Industries Association. Mr. Abel is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and the legal committee of the ACLU of Michigan. He has lectured on Michigan Medical Marihuana Law for the Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Oaksterdam University in Michigan, the Michigan Cannabis College, MedGrow Cannabis College,, Cannabis Career Institute, NCIA, Cannabis Business Summit, the CWCBE, and to bar associations throughout Michigan. Matt holds college degrees including Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School, Master of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, Bachelor in Philosophy from Central Michigan University, and Associate in Criminal Justice from Castleton State College. Mr. Abel is an Eagle Scout. Mr. Abel co-authored an article in Volume 58 of the Wayne Law Review THE FEDERAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT DOES NOT PREEMPT THE MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIHUANA ACT. View More ›


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Practice Area

Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes,
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes,
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes,
Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana,


Wayne State University Law School

J.D. (1985) | Law

Wayne State University Law School

Professional Associations

Michigan State Bar # 38876



Michigan State Bar  # 38876

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Cannabis Counsel, PLC
2930 E. Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48207
Telephone: (313) 446-2235
Cell: (248) 866-0864
Fax: (313) 784-9327

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