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Lance Boldrey Named a "Trailblazer" for Cannabis Law by The National Law Journal

October 30, 2020

Dykema is proud to announce that Lance Boldrey, Leader of Dykema’s Cannabis Law Practice, was named a 2020 "Trailblazer" for Cannabis Law by The National Law Journal.

To mark this recognition, Boldrey was featured in a special publication by The National Law Journal. In his profile, the publication states: 

In 2006, Boldrey helped craft Michigan's state laws for a patient-centric act authorizing medical marijuana use and the ability for caregivers to grow plants for their patients. "The law passed overwhelmingly in the 2008 election, but it didn't provide for commercial activity, including real production or retail sales. So we got involved again when the state started to build a commercial framework in 2015." Leveraging his experience in licensing, regulatory matters and legislative issues, Boldrey helped guide the rulemaking process and the development of rules after Michigan's Medical Marihuana Facilities Licenses Act authorized commercial activity. As head of Dykema's cannabis practice group, Boldrey has represented more than 100 applicants for licensure, including the earliest applicants to receive commercial grow licenses issued in the state of Michigan. "I'm not sure if any of us forecasted the degree of activity we see today, but we did see a lot of potential as the first firm in the state to form a cannabis practice."

Boldrey is based in Dykema's Lansing office and is a member of the firm's Government Policy and Practice group. He has been at the forefront of the development of a licensed and regulated cannabis industry in the State of Michigan. In his practice, Boldrey represents a wide range of industry participants, from small retail establishments to large vertically integrated players, to lenders and investors. He specializes in licensing, regulatory matters, and legislative issues, and quarterbacks Dykema's representation on real estate, corporate and M&A work, and other aspects of serving the needs of this rapidly changing industry.

Boldrey also co-leads Dykema’s Gaming & Indian Law practice, wherein his practice has an emphasis on gaming, economic development, and state-tribal relations. He represents tribes, developers, banks and other non-tribal businesses, as well as state and local governments, and is a frequent speaker on Indian law topics.