Barton Morris is the principal attorney and founder of the Cannabis Legal Group, specializing in all marijuana related legal issues including criminal defense, business law, licensing, consulting, land use and real property. Barton is well known as one of the top cannabis law lawyers in Michigan having developed this expertise since 2008 with the enactment of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. He is a council member of the Marijuana Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association and chair of its science committee. One of the ways Barton has developed his marijuana law specialty is through the training he received becoming the only attorney in Michigan certified by the American Chemical Society as a Forensic Lawyer-Scientist maintaining a focus on marijuana related science. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College and sits on its Alumni Board of Directors. Barton maintains board positions with the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and the Michigan Association of OWI attorneys. He also is on the faculty of both of those organizations regularly providing presentations and teaching lawyers from all over the country. Barton has been recognized professionally with several awards including being rated 10/10 by AVVO, and a Super Lawyer Magazine outstanding attorney in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Dbusiness Magazine also named Barton Morris a Top Attorney in Metro Detroit in 2012 and 2013 and named the Cannabis Legal Group the “Face of Cannabis Law” for 2016 and 2017. On behalf of the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section he has presented public policy section positions before the Michigan legislature. He has also written journal articles in the Marijuana Law Section Journal. Attorney Morris has also enjoyed a very successful and distinguished career as a criminal defense trial lawyer and cannabis business specialist. He is known for his trial preparation and expert knowledge in marijuana related science by industry attorneys, judges and prosecutors.
Barton Morris is also a very experienced federal criminal defense attorney having practiced extensively in both the Eastern and Western Federal Districts of Michigan. He has successfully litigated federal criminal cases in the areas of health care and medicare fraud, mortgage fraud, drug trafficking prosecutions involving heroin, cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills, and ecstasy. He has also tried cases involving RICO conspiracies, murder of a federal witness, production, possession and distribution of child pornography, marijuana trafficking and money laundering. Barton has the experience and skill to win any complex criminal prosecution in any court.
In October of 2014 Barton Morris was the first, and presently only, attorney in Michigan to earn the American Chemical Society designation Forensic Lawyer-Scientist due to the completion of several intensive courses in forensic chromatography comprising of over 160 hours of education and lab and passing a very difficult comprehensive examination. Barton Morris is one of only 44 attorneys in the nation to have earned this distinction.
The cannabis industry is the fastest-growing business sector in Michigan, and the Cannabis Legal Group is at the forefront of helping entrepreneurs statewide succeed in this emerging market. The firm is comprised of lawyers who specialize in the business of cannabis, helping clients with all aspects of the licensing process including business planning, corporate governance, real estate, municipal advocacy, regulatory compliance, raising capital, risk management, and contracts.
The Cannabis Legal Group was responsible for the successful acquisition of the first caregiver dispensary license in Detroit, as well as the first caregiver cultivation license in Warren. Their experienced attorneys also offer counseling to medical marijuana caregivers and patients, and provide aggressive criminal defense. Led by national award-winning attorney Barton Morris, along with attorney Craig Aronoff, the Cannabis Legal Group has quickly become the premier cannabis law firm in metro Detroit.
The Law Office of Barton Morris is the premier criminal defense firm in Michigan handling state and federal prosecutions all over the state of Michigan. Attorney Morris has been highly successful at handling drug, weapons, theft, DUI and sex offense cases because he is well known, and highly respected among the judges and prosecutors in the Michigan Judicial System.
Barton’s aggressive and tenacious style consistently gets great results. The key to getting those fantastic results is that Barton W. Morris, Jr., unlike most lawyers, is an accomplished TRIAL LAWYER. His skills were developed through the benefit of the specialized training in trying many criminal cases and he also has the experience necessary to demand the respect of the legal community.
Mastered effective case preparation and trial skills personally taught be renowned trial attorney Gerry Spence and other top trial attorneys from across the country.