John Fraser Named a Cannabis Trailblazer by The National Law Journal
Dykema is proud to announce that John Fraser was named a “Trailblazer” for Cannabis Law by The National Law Journal. To mark this recognition, Fraser was profiled in a special issue of The National Law Journal. An excerpt from the publication reads:
“I first became seriously interested in cannabis law when Michigan voters adopted the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act in 2008. Earlier that year my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and the prospect of medical cannabis being another available treatment tool became very intriguing. When I was sworn into the Michigan Bar in 2015, I had the opportunity to work with a number of medical marijuana patients and caregivers who were facing legal issues due to the complexity of the law. I had the opportunity to see and hear firsthand from countless seriously ill people who had benefited greatly from using medical cannabis. About that same time, Michigan was laying the framework to transition to a regulated commercial marketplace, and I was fortunate enough to be able to leverage my knowledge, expertise, and relationships to establish a practice focused on helping entrepreneurs and investors successfully navigate this complex regulatory landscape.”
Fraser serves as Michigan Team Leader of Dykema’s cannabis practice and is the immediate past Chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan’s Cannabis Law Section. He also is an adjunct professor of law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he teaches Marijuana and the Law.
In his cannabis law practice, Fraser focuses on business, regulatory compliance, general litigation, and appellate law. He primarily counsels cannabis entrepreneurs and investors, municipal governments, and other attorneys on matters of cannabis law. He also has experience with litigation cases in trial courts throughout the State of Michigan and has argued cases before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. Fraser has also been retained to serve as an expert witness and consultant in cases involving cannabis businesses to assist the parties and the court in breaking down and navigating complex cannabis-related legal issues.
Fraser earned a J.D., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law, and a B.S., cum laude, from Central Michigan University.