Businesses in the legalized cannabis sector  – growers, distributors, processors, investors and others – require sound legal advice on a variety of topics.

We represent clients throughout the country and offer a one-stop-shop for all of the legal needs in launching and growing a successful cannabis business.


  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


  • Financial services and monetary issues
  • U.S. Department of Treasury regulations
  • Traditional banking services


  • Bankruptcy alternatives
  • Debtor/creditor rights
  • State court receivership


  • Business entity formation
  • Corporate governance
  • Creation of operational plans
  • Formations targeting cannabis investments
  • Investor relations
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Shareholder agreements


  • Background checks
  • Employee benefits and compensation
  • Employment litigation
  • Immigration
  • Wage and hour laws


  • Purchase/sale of cannabis businesses
  • Valuation matters
  • Venture capital and business financing arrangements
  • Direct investments/Special Purposes Vehicles in dispensaries and growsites
  • Debt collection

Government Relations

  • Assist regulators in passage of industry-related regulations
  • Challenging statutes and administrative decisions in the courts

Intellectual Property

  • Patent registration and prosecution
  • Trademarks
  • Trade secrets


  • Risk management for liability claims
  • Implementing precautions and limitations related to consumer use of medical cannabis


  • Procurement of cultivation and dispensary licenses

Real Estate

  • Business zoning and jurisdictional issues
  • Commercial leasing and related legal issues
  • Land use planning
  • Landlord/tenant issues
  • Property issues ranging from asset forfeiture to zoning restrictions
  • Real estate acquisitions for grower/dispensary properties


  • Surcharges and taxes associated with individual state laws
  • Sales or exchange of capital assets
  • Depreciable business property
  • IRS audits
  • Federal tax and corporate advising from the U.S. perspective on potential public offerings in Canada

*Please be mindful that possessing, using, distributing and/or selling marijuana is a federal crime, and no legal advice we give is intended to provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law nor will it provide any guidance or assistance in complying with federal law. Please also note that we are not advising you regarding the federal, state or local tax consequences of engaging in any business in this industry.