'Blunt Truth' seminar scheduled for September 2

“The Blunt Truth: Your Local Pot Shop and Hashing Out the Legal Details” is the title of a Wednesday, Sept. 2, program offered by the Oakland County Bar Association.

The Zoom event will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The featured speakers will be Robert Davis of Davis Burket Savage Listman; Michelle R.E. Donovan of Butzel Long; Justin Dunaskiss of Dunaskiss Consulting and Development; Christopher Johnson of the Michigan Municipal League; and Benjamin Sobczak of Pleasantrees Cannabis Company. The moderator will be Kelsey Cooke, the legal counsel for the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioners Drainage District.

“What is the impact of a ‘pot shop’ opening up in your client's neighborhood? This seminar presents an overview of recreational (non-medical) marijuana commercial business facilities legalized within Michigan and the impact on municipalities and private real estate development,” said a spokesperson for the OCBA.

Topics of discussion will include:

• The difficulties in closing cannabis real estate transactions in this fast-moving industry.

• Notable pitfalls in commercial cannabis transactions and lessons to learn regarding general regulatory compliance.

• Permitting, enforcement, impact on local real estate values.

• Options for local government regarding opting out of allowing these facilities and potential mitigation of legal risks.

To register for the seminar, visit www.ocba.org or call 248-334-3400.

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