Cannabis at Events: The Law, The Facts & The Culinary Options

When:  Nov 20, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Michigan Chapter

You may not imbibe in cannabis, but your clients probably do.  

How does the legalization of marijuana in Michigan affect you and your events?  What permits/ licenses are necessary to feature cannabis legally?  What liabilities do you have as a venue, event planner, caterer?  How should you prepare your service staff?  

How can cannabis go beyond brownies and sweets to be included in “real food” savory dishes?  What does your chef need to know about portioning to include cannabis in your recipes?  “The experience isn’t about getting high, it’s about enjoying your food comfortably.” -Chef Sunflower

ILEA Detroit is your resource for event trend forecasting: get the answers before your clients ask the questions!  Join us for lunch at the MGM Grand on Wednesday, November 20th to be educated by the local experts.


Our panelists include:


THOMAS M.J.  LAVIGNE, JD - Partner, Cannabis Counsel

Tom’s core focus as an attorney at law has been cannabis law since 2010, including commercial MMFLA cannabis licensing, and local permitting.  Tom’s first cannabis legal matter was in 1989, in Hawaii, where he practiced law for 5-years, followed by 4-years in North Carolina. He served well on the MMFLA Processing License Work Group; Leadership Council Marijuana Law Section State Bar of Michigan; Secretary of the Board of Directors for MILegalize, the grassroots partner within the coalition to regulate marijuana like alcohol which put MRTMA on the ballot; Member of National Lawyers Committee, NORML; MINORML; Industrial Hemp Think Tank; Member, NCIA and International Cannabis Bar Association, formerly the NCBA.  Tom is also a frequent speaker at legal seminars and cannabis business events.


Melissa Demorest LeDuc - Member, Demo Law

Melissa focuses her practice on business formation, mergers and acquisitions, other business transactions, and estate planning. She serves as outside general counsel for many small businesses, providing guidance in employment, real estate, contract, and other business matters. Melissa also has particular experience with woman-owned businesses. Melissa also leads our firm’s appellate practice.  Earlier this year, Melissa presented to the DMCVB regarding marijuana in the workplace, specifically in the context of hotels and restaurants. Melissa has worked on event contracts on both sides, with hotels/venues and with event planners. Melissa is also working with clients regarding leasing property to, and investing money in, marijuana-related businesses.



Gage Cannabis, Co (USA) is on a mission to become the leader in the cannabis segment for Cultivation, Processing and Provisioning.  We strive for the highest standards in social responsibility.  Gage Cannabis Co. sets the standard for quality cannabis products, bar none. We cultivate and curate experiences that empower patients to make the most of the plant’s benefits and amplify their lives.



Chef Sunflower - Owner, Lucky Pistil

Chef Sunflower is a professional chef of 1O years ( Ritz Carlton, Brooklyn Street Locale), who has been researching and cooking with Cannabis for the past 4 years. She works to craft authentic and intimate affairs that create, impact, and educate the cannabis community and newcomers. Her hope with her catering company, Lucky Pistil is that each guest will leave each event inspired to explore the world of cannabis with an open mind.  Lucky Pistil offers cultured & craft cuisine with Cannabis infusions using locally sourced, fresh, and sustainable ingredients and products.


Please note that cannabis products will not be sampled or dispensed at program.


11:30 AM | Meeting Registration, Networking & Lunch
12:00 PM | Program Begins - Panel Discussion
1:00 PM | Meeting Concludes

MGM Grand Detroit
1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

307 Events and Tents
2300 W South Airport Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684

Attendees can utilize hotel or casino valet, both complementary.  Self-parking is also available.

Business Casual

MGM Grand Detroit
Fred Ferris Photography
Killer Creations Wedding Photography and Cinematography


MGM Grand Detroit - Topgolf Swing Suite
1777 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
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