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Shamoun appointed to state’s cannabis regulation advisory group

April 11, 2019
Attorney Alan Shamoun of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – has been appointed to serve as a member of the state’s Adult-Use Marijuana Stakeholder Workgroups.

Shamoun volunteered to serve on the attorney workgroup as part of his practice, which includes a focus on representing cannabis businesses in the medical and recreational use sectors. He is one of only 13 attorneys statewide to be selected for service on the workgroups, which were formed by Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

The purpose of the attorney workgroup is to provide input and advice to the Michigan Bureau of Marijuana Regulation on topics related to the Michigan Regulation and Taxation Act. The new law allows legal use of marijuana for people age 21 and older.

Shamoun applies his tax and business law expertise in the cannabis industry by assisting clients involved in the state and local business application processes. He also works with them once they are licensed to remain compliant with numerous industry regulations.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to assist the state with its implementation of the new regulation and taxation act,” said Shamoun, who practices in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office. “There are a lot of issues to consider, and I am glad to be able to provide a voice for my clients in this process.”

The attorney workgroup will begin meeting this month in the office of the Michigan Bureau of Marijuana Regulation, which is located at 2407 North Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906.

Shamoun is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Business Transactions & Planning Practice Group and the firm’s Cannabis Law Industry Group. He focuses his practice primarily on tax conflicts involving individuals and corporations. His expertise also includes the areas of corporate tax and estate planning.

Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of legal services to Michigan’s medical and recreational use cannabis industry. The firm’s attorneys helped secure some of the first business licenses issued in the state, and their expertise extends to such issues as business law, commercial litigation, employment law, environmental law, government affairs and real estate.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs nearly 300 employees, including approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Plunkett Cooney was also named by Crain’s Detroit Business as its first ever Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Shamoun’s appointment to the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation Attorney Workgroup, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or