Florida Hempfest 2019 welcomes Michael Minardi, Esq. as one of our official guest speakers for this year's event.
About Michael Minardi
Michael C. Minardi is the Senior Partner at Minardi Law. For over 15 years, Michael has dedicated his practice to fighting for clients charged with cannabis crimes. His passion has driven him to learning and understanding medical cannabis laws in the State of Florida and throughout the country.
Michael’s practice represents clients in corporate cannabis consulting, application preparation, lobbying, forfeiture matters, and criminal matters. He has won many medical cannabis cases, including several landmark high-profile cases in Florida. He won the first and second jury trials in Florida presenting the medical necessity defense to cultivation and possession of cannabis charges. Michael has represented many patients, including over a dozen veterans, facing charges for using marijuana as medicine. He successfully defended Kristoffer Lewandowski in Oklahoma, a ten-year marine veteran, who was facing two-years to life in prison for five plants.
Michael is leading the charge to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol as the Campaign Manager of Regulate Florida. Michael continues to be at the forefront in Florida in educating the public on the safety of cannabis, and bringing light to the harm being perpetuated by current laws. He was named in THC Magazine as 1 of 100 People You Should Know, October 2016, Freedom Fighter of the Month in High Times Magazine, quoted in Forbes Magazine and covered in VICE. His passionate belief’s about ending prohibition continues to put him on the cutting edge of the movement in Florida and throughout the nation.
Michael has been a member of NCIA since 2015 supporting the organization’s push for reform on the Federal level. Michael is also the Campaign Manager of Regulate Florida, Lifetime Member of the National NORML Legal Committee, member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, Co-Founder of the Cannabis Executive Council, a board member of The Silver Tour, and Board member and Legal Director of NORML of Florida. Michael earned his undergraduate degree Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island in 1998, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center in 2002, where he was a Senior Staff Member of the Nova Law Review.