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Matthew Abel

Senior Partner, Cannabis CounselĀ® Law Firm

Matthew Abel has been a practicing attorney in Michigan for 32 years and is the Executive Director of Michigan NORML. Abel founded Cannabis Counsel PLC, a five-attorney Detroit 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.

Abel is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Cannabis Bar Association, where he serves on the board of directors. He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and the ACLU of Michigan. Abel was one of the drafters of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.

Abel holds a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School, a Master of Science in public administration from Central Michigan University, a bachelor’s in philosophy from Central Michigan University, and an associate degree in criminal justice from Castleton University.