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Matt Abel

Matthew Abel has been a practicing attorney in Michigan for over 30 years, and is the Executive Director of Michigan NORML minorml.org. Matt founded Cannabis Counsel®, a five-attorney Detroit, Michigan law firm entirely devoted to cannabis clients and cases throughout Michigan. cannabiscounsel.com Cannabis Counsel® is a longtime member of the National Cannabis Industries Association. The firm's client list includes cultivators, processors, testing labs, transporters, provisioning centers, patients, caregivers, clubs, collectives, ancillary suppliers, physicians, publishers, inventors, and other marijuana entrepreneurs. Mr. Abel often provides consultation and advice to other attorneys. Much of the current work of the firm consists of assisting clients in preparation and submission of applications under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.

Matthew Abel is a lifetime member of the International Cannabis Bar Association, the NORML Legal Committee, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and the ACLU of Michigan. He has lectured for Oaksterdam University, the Michigan Cannabis College, MedGrow Cannabis College, the Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and other organizations. Matt was one of the drafters of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act passed in 2018.

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 University.

Mr. Abel authored a June 1996 Michigan Bar Journal article titled "The Michigan Information Network, Will West™ Go South?” He 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. http://www.scribd.com/doc/125806074/58-Wayne-l-Rev-1-The-Federal-Controlled-Substances-Act-Does-Not-Alan-l-Kaufman-Matthew-r-Abel, and also authored an article in the August 2018 Michigan Bar Journal titled “An Introduction to the Ballot Initiative of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Michigan”.


Matt has willingly been tasked with outreach to organizations who share our goals in order to make advocacy opportunities more readily accessible to our members, and to recruit sister and brother lawyers to join INCBA.