Matthew Abel has been an attorney in Michigan for 32 years. He is Executive Director of Michigan NORML.org, Secretary/Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section, a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Cannabis Bar Association, where he currently serves on the board of directors. Matt founded Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C., a five-attorney Detroit, Michigan law firm devoted to cannabis clients and cases, providing business advice and legal counseling as well as criminal defense in marijuana cases throughout Michigancannabiscounsel.com Since passage of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, the practice has rapidly grown to include business clients and issues, and also contract, real estate, employment, drug testing, probation, family law, landlord-tenant, intellectual property, and other issues surrounding cannabis. Cannabis Counsel P.L.C. is a member of the National Cannabis Industries Association.
The firm's client list includes patients, caregivers, clubs, collectives, growers, processors, transporters, dispensaries, physicians, publishers, inventors, and other medical marijuana entrepreneurs.
He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and the ACLU of Michigan. He has lectured on marijuana law for Oaksterdam University, the Michigan Cannabis College, MedGrow Cannabis College, the Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Cloverleaf University, and to other organizations throughout the state. Matthew Abel was one of the drafters and serves on the board of the Michigan statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiative known as MILegalize:milegalize.com, part of the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Michigan.
Mr. Abel holds a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School, a Master of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor in Philosophy from Central Michigan University, and an Associate in Criminal Justice from Castleton State College. Mr. Abel authored a June 1996 Michigan Bar Journal article titled "The Michigan Information Network, Will West™ Go South", and 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.
Matt also is a past President of Livonia Bar Association, and an Eagle Scout.