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COAA MI Smart Lunch: Commercial Cannabis

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)

Event Details

This seminar will provide an overview of the most common issues facing employers, property owners, construction companies, architects, and real estate professionals interested in navigating the commercial cannabis industry.  By the end of this session, the attendee will have an understanding of the current marijuana laws in Michigan, the licensing process, certain language to use in real estate, construction, and service contracts, as well as marijuana-related issues regarding land-use, basic employment, intellectual property, finance, and insurance.  It will cover the dilemma presented by “safety-sensitive positions” complicated by the lack of a viable test.  The seminar will also provide a list of “things to look out for” with potential new legal developments in the future which will affect the commercial cannabis industry.



Speaker Bios

Terence Durkin

Terence Durkin’s practice blends labor and employment law with medical malpractice and general litigation. His experience gives him a unique ability to help clients sort through the challenging and ever-changing world of labor and employment rules and regulations. Clients come to Terence and the firm’s labor and employment practice group for guidance because they understand the priorities and risks involved with managing a diverse workforce, creating contracts, and implementing the best policies and procedures.

Terence and the Kitch labor and employment practice group offer a full array of employment and labor law services, including disputes in all types of forums: the courts, mediation panels, arbitration, and administrative agencies. Clients rely on Terence to help them navigate collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance and arbitration proceedings, and he often participates with them in those proceedings.

Terence plays an active role in the community by serving on the Executive Board of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, chairing the Ascension Providence Foundation, and being a member of the Plymouth Rotary. Most recently, he was elected to the Core Leadership Team of Oak Mac SHRM (Society of Human Resource and Management).

Terence received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he was Article Editor of the Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan as well as the United States District Courts Eastern and Western Michigan.


Carina Kraatz

Carina Kraatz is a principal in the Kitch law firm’s Detroit office. She is part of the Firm’s Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Practice Group and also focuses her practice on commercial and construction litigation as well as intellectual property and bankruptcy issues. Ms. Kraatz’s intellectual property practice includes patent and trademark prosecution and litigation on a variety of issues including image misappropriation and infringement. She also works with the firm’s healthcare business/regulation practice on a variety of business and technical issues.

Ms. Kraatz received her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit, Michigan, and her LL.B from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in Ontario, Canada.

Ms. Kraatz is admitted to the U.S. District Courts of Eastern and Western Michigan as well as being registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She has also litigated matters in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana as well as Iowa state and federal courts.

Ms. Kraatz was named a Rising Star in 2019 and 2020 by Super Lawyers. Rising Stars are attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or those who have practiced for ten years or less. Only 2.5 percent of Michigan lawyers are named to this list every year. In 2019, Ms. Kraatz received the Pro Bono Award from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.