Michael D. Harlow
CPA, Partner, Managing Partner – Cannabis Industry

As Managing Partner – Cannabis Industry and Co-Practice Director for the DC Metro Tax Practice for CohnReznick, Michael has more than 19 years of experience in public accounting serving clients in attestation, accounting, and tax advisory roles. He has extensive experience across multiple real estate-related industries including homebuilding, land development, residential management, commercial management, and land engineering. Within the Cannabis industry, Michael advises clients throughout the supply chain ranging from independent operators to vertically integrated operators in the largest legal cannabis markets in the country. He is a nationally recognized and sought-after cannabis and tax thought leader who frequently speaks on webinars and at industry and public policy conferences for organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus Conference, AICPA, and Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition. Michael has been quoted in national publications including Forbes, CPA Trendlines, and numerous cannabis industry publications. He has served as a guest lecturer on accounting and tax issues within the cannabis industry for the accounting programs at the University of Maryland and Howard University.

The cannabis practice includes regulatory compliance for audit and tax services, tax structuring and all the advisory services designed to improve the operational effectiveness of many industry participants (plant touching and ancillary companies).

He also serves as a practice leader in the firm’s Hospitality Practice where he works with privately-owned hotel and restaurant companies. Most recently, Michael has taken a lead role in the CohnReznick Cannabis Practice, bringing his existing skill set to this emerging industry. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Maryland.

Michael has been an active member of the BGCGW Metro Board since 2013 and has served as Finance Committee Chair since May of 2015.


24 Mar 20: Federal Regulations Pose Threat to $30 Billion U.S. Cannabis Industry

8 Dec 19: The Financial Environment for Cannabis Brands

20 Feb 20: Key Finance & Tax Issues Cannabis Companies Should Focus On As They Grow


BS, Accounting, North Carolina State University

Masters of Accounting, North Carolina State University

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 

Michael D. Harlow

Mobile| 301-907-2330

Office | 301-652-9100

Bethesda, MD

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