Cannabis Law

Across the United States, we are seeing a change in state law legalizing cannabis for medical and adult use. While the laws are evolving at rapid speed, there is growing disparity between federal and state laws concerning controlled substances. Businesses and employers are faced with an array of legal issues, including labor and employment issues, regulatory compliance, branding and IP, corporate transactions and dispute resolution.

Members of BMD’s Cannabis Practice understand the complex legal and business issues impacting companies operating in this sector. In representing funds, cultivators, processors and dispensaries, our team monitors notable industry trends and legislative developments to provide timely guidance to clients seeking to navigate the maze of often-conflicting federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing cannabis.

Medical and recreational cannabis markets are attractive to investors and entrepreneurs. Our attorneys provide counseling and representation on relevant legal issues, some of which include: 

  • Corporate formation and governance
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Securities compliance
  • Physician and health care compliance
  • Real estate, land use, and zoning
  • Insurance coverage
  • License application for cannabis cultivators, processors, dispensaries, and testing laboratories
  • Intellectual property and licensing agreements; trademarks and patents
  • Cannabis product packaging and labeling
  • Mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other corporate transactions; change of ownership
  • Policy and legal advice relating to industrial hemp and development of CBD products
  • Employment and human resources assistance for non-cannabis employers
  • Representation in civil litigation arising out of business disputes or product claims
  • Defense against actions brought by law enforcement or regulatory authorities
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