Joslin E. Monahan
Joslin Monahan is a trial and appellate litigation attorney experienced in municipal, real estate,
business, adversarial bankruptcy, and land use and zoning litigation. Ms. Monahan has a robust,
full-service cannabis law practice serving individuals and companies that grow, produce,
distribute and sell a wide variety of goods and amenities.
Ms. Monahan is a recognized authority in emerging cannabis law matters, including entity
formation, applicant requirements and background checks, and licensing with Michigan’s
Marijuana Regulatory Agency as well as municipal licenses, permits and ordinances. She
counsels business interests in the cannabis industry, which encompasses marijuana, industrial
hemp and CBD. Ms. Monahan has helped with financing structures, real property use, insurance
coverage, dispute resolution, and regulatory compliance.
Beginning in 2012, Ms. Monahan served as Cooperating Attorney with the ACLU of Michigan
in the critical decision making process supporting the decriminalization of the possession and use
of marijuana in Grand Rapids. Ms. Monahan continues to be a vocal advocate for social justice
issues, with particular emphasis on ensuring participants within the cannabis space create
opportunities for persons of color wherever possible. The Michigan Supreme Court denied
further review of the signature case in 2015, affirming the Michigan Court of Appeals 2013
dismissal of the prosecutor’s lawsuit. This case helped pave the way for the eventual vote
legalizing cannabis for recreational use in a statewide ballot in 2018.
Ms. Monahan is a member of the International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) and the State
Bar of Michigan’s Marijuana Law Section.