Cannabis Practice

Cannabis Practice
Colligan Law attorneys routinely advise small businesses, social equity groups, investors and entrepreneurs in navigating cannabis and hemp licensing, legal matters, business concerns, and regulatory requirements.  We also assist clients who service the industry, including landlords, equipment manufacturers, food and beverage organizations, financial services providers, and others.  Many cannabis-related businesses are entrepreneurial in nature; thus, we advise on enforcement of contracts, employment laws, environmental compliance, intellectual property, and other areas of law beyond licensing and day-to-day operations. With legalization, our well-established Corporate Law practice, together with our deep knowledge of cannabis regulation and extensive industry and regulatory network, uniquely position us to offer a robust, client-centered Cannabis Law practice, designed to meet the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities of our clients. Our team monitors industry trends and legislative developments to provide timely client guidance through the legal complexities of cannabis at the federal, state, and local level. Our team members have assisted public and private companies with:
    • major mergers and acquisitions
    • formation of cannabis funds
    • corporation formation, early stage company issues, and other business counseling
    • winning competitive licenses at the state and local level
    • all phases of state and local permitting
    • regulatory compliance
    • government and public strategies
    • real estate
    • intellectual property matters, including registration and defense of trademarks
    • banking and finance issues
    • FDA and FTC compliance and legislative interaction
    • business and investor disputes
    • employment matters
    • labor relations and union organizing
  Please remember that the possession, use, distribution, and sale of non-hemp cannabis and cannabis products is illegal under federal law, despite certain state laws that decriminalize and/or legalize such activity. While federal enforcement policy may defer to a state’s laws and not enforce conflicting federal laws, the fact remains that compliance with state law in no way assures compliance with federal law, and there is a risk that conflicting federal laws may be enforced in the future. No legal advice we give is intended to provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law.