Marijuana Practice

Legalization and/or decriminalization of marijuana for medical and recreational uses represents a sea-change in the way legislators in a number of States are addressing this controlled substance. As a result, a regulated industry that provides jobs for people, tax dollars for governments, and new and diverse commercial opportunities for companies are emerging.

However, the marijuana industry’s legal backdrop includes difficult to understand, incredibly detailed, quick changing, and oftentimes contradictory state and federal regulations. New entrants and existing stakeholders who wish to thrive require excellent legal counsel to help navigate the turbulent regulatory system. GluckWalrath’s Marijuana Practice Group will help you flourish in the face of myriad regulatory requirements.

From initial applications for business licenses, to formation of corporations, to addressing compliance issues, our years of experience in dealing with State and local regulatory authorities will benefit you. We can help you anticipate regulatory changes, and to predict and capitalize on opportunities when they arise.

Importantly, if the industry is to expand, the first generation of businesses has the additional task of overcoming prejudice and stereotype attached to marijuana. To do that, everyone in the industry must act responsibly. GluckWalrath LLP will help make compliance as simple and stress free as possible. Not only are we able to provide general advice about marijuana laws and regulations but we can specifically tailor effective and compliant standard operating procedures for all stages of your business and operations.

Whether you are a current stakeholder, a prospective entrant into the industry, or an interested party seeking to change marijuana laws and regulations, GluckWalrath LLP can provide you with the assistance you need. Our attorneys will work to make our clients industry leaders and to champion sensible and effective marijuana laws and regulations.

In addition to commercial entities, GluckWalrath LLP can provide assistance to state and local governments regarding the commercialization and regulation of marijuana so as to encourage smart growth in a complex and controversial industry.

Our services include:

Regulatory Compliance Services

  • Individualized Compliance Plans
  • Facility Audits
  • Staff Training
  • Monthly educational seminars
  • Company Manuals
  • Compliance Documents
  • Filling of Applications before the DOH

Legal Services for Businesses

  • Identifying new opportunities in marijuana industry
  • State applications for marijuana business licenses
  • Local government licenses and permits
  • License revocation hearings
  • Corporate formation and restructuring
  • Employment contracts, trainings, and policies
  • Acquisitions, mergers, and joint ventures
  • Due diligence support
  • Commercial real estate
  • General business contracts
  • Dispute resolution
  • Intellectual property
  • Fund formation
  • Debt financings
  • Equity financings
  • Executive employment arrangements
  • Incentive equity plans
  • Unionization

Legal Services for Governments

  • Advising local officials on state statutes and regulations
  • Local ordinance drafting
  • State legislative and regulatory drafting