As the legal Cannabis industry continues transforming from unchartered territory to a thriving multibillion-dollar industry, we help position clients to capitalize on opportunities across the country.

This rapidly-evolving marijuana industry presents untold business opportunities as well as complex regulatory, financial, and operational challenges. Our team brings more than a decade of experience helping clients navigate the ever-evolving patchwork of state, local, and federal requirements governing all aspects of cannabis, including hemp, marijuana, CBD, and other cannabinoids. Our team knows first-hand that obtaining a license is just the beginning of a comprehensive business process that requires extensive up-front planning.  

Our team cuts through the chaos to create and implement a strategic roadmap tailored to clients’ specific business needs. We collaboratively engage in proactive planning to ensure clients are poised to execute business strategies, whether it’s starting a new operation from ground zero, expanding an existing business into other states, exploring vertical integration, or developing CBD-infused products.

From extensive experience working in highly regulated industries, our team knows the difference between what regulations say and how they are applied in practice. By intentionally cultivating working relationships with state and local authorities, we go beyond compliance counseling and develop creative solutions to overcome regulatory and market hurdles. 

Operating in single or multiple states, our clients are involved in every facet of the cannabis business, including cultivation, processing, retail dispensaries, distribution, and testing facilities, as well as cannabis-infused product manufacturing. We also counsel entities that provide ancillary services to industry stakeholders, including investors, lenders, financial institutions, equipment manufacturers, and landlords. Domestic and international companies considering cannabis industry opportunities appreciate our team’s ability to help them proactively analyze legal risks and thoroughly evaluate options before embarking on new business ventures.

Our multi-disciplinary cannabis industry team leverages deep expertise in related areas of law to support the holistic legal and business needs of clients, including:

Corporate:     
  • Securities Compliance and Capital Market Activities
  • M&A, Joint Ventures, Partnerships, and other Operating Arrangements, Corporate Formation, Structure and Governance 
  • Investor (Domestic and International) Counseling 
Licensing and Regulatory Compliance:
  • Licensing Applications
  • Licensing-Related Enforcement and Penalties
  • Defense of Licensing Enforcement, Investigations, and Administrative Proceedings 
  • Social Equity Licensing 
Taxation:     
  • IRC §280E Adjustments and Challenges
  • Disputes, Audits, Examinations 
  • Federal, State, and Local Tax Compliance 
  • Tax Planning and Structuring—Domestic and Cross-Border
Litigation and Dispute Resolution: 
  • Civil Disputes Including Breach of Commercial Contracts, Supplier/Distributor/Retailer, Partnership/Shareholder, Product Liability
  • Tax Controversy and Litigation
  • Defense of Licensing Enforcement, Investigations, and Administrative Proceedings 
Real Estate:
  • Zoning
  • Land Use Entitlements
  • Leasing
  • Landlord/Tenant
Intellectual Property:
  • Trademark
  • Patent
  • Licensing and Branding
  • Advertising, Marketing, and Sponsorships
Employment Counseling and Litigation 
Environmental
Government Affairs and Lobbying
Healthcare 
Lending Transactions 
Renewable Energy
Social Equity Licensing
 

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