Matthew R. Abel has been a criminal defense lawyer in Michigan for over 30 years. He founded Cannabis Counsel®, a Michigan law firm entirely devoted to cannabis clients and cases, providing both business advice and legal counseling as well as criminal defense of marijuana cases throughout Michigan.Matthew Abel is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and the ACLU of Michigan. Mr. Abel is former legal counsel for Michigan NORML, and is currently the Executive Director of Michigan NORML. He has lectured on Michigan Medical Marihuana Law for Oaksterdam University in Michigan, the Michigan Cannabis College, MedGrow Cannabis College and for the Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and to bar associations throughout the state. Mr. Abel was on the drafting committee of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act which legalized cannabis in Michigan.