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Most U.S. states have legalized the production, sale, and consumption of cannabis and cannabis products for medical use, and a growing number of states have approved cannabis for adult recreational use. The laws surrounding this booming industry are new and complex. They vary from state to state and, in many instances, seem to conflict with federal law. And, given the conflict between state and federal law and the way cannabis has historically been viewed, the consequences for violating the law can be far more severe for cannabis businesses than for other industries. Good counsel—knowledgeable about the law and the industry—is absolutely vital for anyone working in the cannabis industry or with the cannabis industry.
Why Choose USLAW Cannabis Law Firms?
With more than 20 firms involved in cannabis law, the USLAW cannabis law group members have the experience and expertise to guide clients on numerous issues and help them keep abreast of the quickly changing law relating to cannabis and CBD. Because members are located throughout the country, they are able to address issues and assist clients in multiple jurisdictions. The diverse experience of the members enables counseling and advice to a wide range of clients, from small start-ups to larger businesses, as well as clients who are not directly involved with the cannabis industry but transact business with cannabis industry entities. Communication between members fosters a collaborative culture within the group, which is beneficial when addressing clients’ questions and concerns.
Member services include acting as national and corporate counsel, assisting in legal matters from start-up to sale, consultations and advice to labs, cultivators, distributors and retailers, creation of businesses, licensing, corporate transactions, risk management, insurance and intellectual property. Members also keep abreast of this ever-changing area of the law and are frequently called upon to publish articles and newsletters, and to conduct seminars to educate the clients as to new legal developments. The diversity of the group and its national reach also ensures that its members have experience with local rules, judges and the current laws in multiple jurisdictions.
The cannabis law group is also well-informed about state and federal statutes, new legislation being introduced by both state and federal governments, and conflicts between state and federal law. Along with specializing in matters that do not involve litigation, the group also has experienced litigators to represent clients in all aspects of litigation, whether it be pre-suit or venued in administrative agencies or in state and federal courts.
Service of clients is essential, and a main focus of the cannabis law group is to ensure clients have direct access to the attorneys, that there are open lines of communication, and that there are efficient and timely responses to inquiries and issues. Members engage in a personalized approach to clients and their needs, no matter the size of the operation.
USLAW firms offer the following services to clients in the cannabis industry:
- Banking and lending
- Bankruptcy, insolvency, and restructuring
- Business formation, including corporate organization, operating agreements, financing agreements, investment agreements, and succession planning
- Collections and creditors’ rights
- Commercial dispute resolution, litigation, mediation, and arbitration
- Contracts, transactions, mergers, and acquisitions
- Data privacy and security
- Defense of regulatory enforcement proceedings
- Insurance litigation, including coverage, EPLI, general liability, products liability, and E & O
- Federal, state, and local tax
- Insurance and risk management
- Intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, patents and licensing agreements
- Labor & employment law, including workplace testing and safety, hiring, termination, workers’ compensation, unionization, and employment practices liability
- Licensure and application drafting, preparation, and compliance
- Real estate transactions and zoning
- Securities, venture capital and private equity
- State and federal regulatory compliance