EvansCutler Attorneys: Represents individuals and organizations seeking to earn a dispensary license when they are awarded by the Department of Public Health under the new Massachusetts medical marijuana law. Helping clients define and achieve their objectives, by listening, being available, communicating clearly and applying my experience and common sense.
Specialties: Birthing the Massachusetts medical marijuana industry; state murder appeals and mental health, representing clients and training private attorneys newly certified to represent indigent clients; and, consulting on and reform of drug and criminal justice policy, locally, state-wide, nationally and globally.
Who we are
Richard M. Evans has practiced law in western Massachusetts for over 35 years, representing business owners, parties to residential and commercial real estate transactions, nonprofit land trusts protecting agriculture and natural resources, parties having interests before municipal bodies. For nearly his entire professional career, he has participated prominently in the marijuana legalization effort. In 1981, he authored the first comprehensive regulation/taxation plan to be introduced as legislation in any state, upon which bills were modeled and introduced in other states. As a member of NORML’s board of directors in the 90s, he was the moving force behind NORML’s Principles of Responsible Cannabis Use, and was awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. His numerous op-eds and other writings have helped shape and propel the counter-prohibitionist narrative. He chaired the Yes on 4 Campaign in 2016.
Michael D. Cutler has practiced law in Massachusetts for more than 35 years, focusing in criminal defense, civil litigation, and state and municipal administrative proceedings. He has served as a town planning board member, evaluating applications for real estate development permits; he has represented applicants seeking such permits and others, including liquor licenses. As a 20-year member of the National Legal Committee of the National Organization for the Rerform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Attorney Cutler is well connected with colleagues in other marijuana reform states. He has represented applicants for medical marijuana licenses in Massachusetts, and consulted to a cannabis dispensary licensee in a neighboring state successfully resisting the threat of federal interference. He has spoken on cannabis law and related issues at national conferences, and presented law school lectures and continuing education programs to lawyers and students. After practicing in Boston for more than thirty years, in 2011 he relocated his law office to Northampton, maintaining a Boston presence for clients in Eastern Massachusetts.
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