Saturday, January 14, 2017

Local expert on Medical Marijuana Laws to speak to Livingston Democrats
    A local attorney who was deeply involved in writing legislation to implement Michigan’s medical marijuana law will speak to Livingston County Democrats later this month.
    Denise Pollicella, who is the managing partner of Pollicella and Associates in Howell, will discuss recent changes in medical marijuana law, including Public Act 281, the Medical Marijuana Licensing Facilities Act, which the Legislature passed last year.
    “Voters approved medical marijuana in a statewide initiative in 2008, but there have been some issues with local implementation of the measure. Many people are curious and confused about the state of the law now so we are happy to have Ms. Pollicella lay out what is going on,” said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party.
    Pollicella will speak at the regular monthly meeting of the Livingston County Democratic Party on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at party headquarters, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, near the intersection with Hacker Road.
    The party’s regular business meeting will follow, and then the party’s county convention begins at approximately 8:30 p.m. All Democrats in the county are welcome.
   Pollicella founded Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan in 2009. The firm, which now has offices in Howell, Troy, and Grand Rapids, has submitted three amicus curiae briefs in marijuana cases. She is a founding member of the Michigan State Bar Marijuana Law Sections and co-chairs the property and zoning committee.
    Since 2013, Pollicella has been a Legal Corner contributor to Culture Magazine. She also helped found the Michigan Cannabis Development Association and serves on the board of directors, as well as its legal counsel.
    Pollicella graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in political science and French, and then worked in U.S. Sen. Carl Levin’s Detroit office. She graduated from Wayne State University Law School and has practiced law for 20 years, focusing on business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, regulatory and licensing, and corporate law.
    She started her own practice in Livingston County in 2003.
    Anyone wishing more information about the meeting may contact party headquarters at 810-229-4212 or email

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