A seasoned litigator, adviser, mediator, arbitrator, lecturer, and author, attorney Gary Michael Smith is at the forefront of cannabis law. He is regularly called upon by legal organizations, professional associations, and the media to share his expertise on ethics, agreements, litigation, and other key issues spurred by cannabis legislation and research.
Notably, Gary is a founding director and current president of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association, an organization committed to educating lawyers and the public about cannabis law and responsible cannabis legislation. Gary is also a Board member of the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.
Gary served in 2019 as amici counsel to the former Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services in the winning Arizona Supreme Court petition State v. Jones, a case that both overturned the wrongful felony conviction of an Arizona medical marijuana patient and also restored cannabis extracts and concentrates to legal status under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Gary’s work on the amici petition helped to preserve Arizona’s near-half-billion-dollar medical marijuana program of which extracts and concentrates in 2019 made up half the market.
Gary also serves as general counsel to the Peyote Way Church of God, a non-sectarian, multicultural, experiential, Peyotist organization located in southeastern Arizona.
In addition to cannabis law, Gary has a robust legal practice in Phoenix, Arizona with Guidant Law Firm which he co-founded.
Gary is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and licensed to practice law in Arizona, Colorado, New York, and North Carolina, as well as various federal jurisdictions. He also holds a Certificate in Advanced Mediation from the Pepperdine University School of Law: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
You can read more about Gary Michael Smith, Esq. on his bio page at Guidant Law Firm.