by Nicholas Garbaty (NGarbaty) on Monday Aug 24th, 2015 11:10am in NEWS
In response to confusion regarding fluctuating marijuana laws in Michigan and around the country, attorney Robert Hendricks plans on launching a law practice dedicated to providing legal counsel for future marijuana business ventures.
With two Michigan organizations currently seeking more than 250,000 signatures to beat the Christmas deadline for getting their ballot proposals on the November 2016 ballot, local lawyer Robert Hendricks has been noticing a need in assisting those wanting to open legal businesses. In 2008, the state legalized medical marijuana and partially legalized the use, transportation and growing of the drug.
Hendricks started paying more close attention last year, when he heard a story on NPR about recreational marijuana businesses in Colorado having trouble with creating bank accounts. Without access to banking services, vendors had difficulty paying employees and property taxes and became targets for robbery and theft.
“I was just fascinated by that phenomenon and why an otherwise rational legal system would allow that kind of thing to happen,” Hendricks says. “I began to dig into that question and it just rippled out into dozens and dozens of other fascinating legal issues that began to present themselves to folks who wanted to engage in lawful, marijuana-related activity.”
After some thought, Hendricks decided Michigan had a place and need for lawyers familiar with business concepts to get involved and provide legal counsel for people interested in starting up their own legalized marijuana activity. He’s finishing plans to create a law firm staffed by knowledgeable lawyers that, should recreational marijuana be legalized in Michigan, are able to provide such a service.
At the moment, there is a promising outlook for legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan. The two petitioning organizations, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition and Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee, continue to receive signatures and money from supportive citizens.
“The numbers seem to be trending toward a popular majority of citizens favoring marijuana legalization,” he says. “More and more regular citizens are saying ‘This prohibition thing in respect to marijuana doesn’t seem to be working.’”
If the state approves even one of the proposals, Michiganders would then face problems similar to those faced by people in other states. Under federal law, marijuana continues to be classified as an illegal substance and those that use, sell, …Read More