Businesses in the highly regulated medical and adult-use cannabis industries face a gauntlet of federal, state and local laws and regulations that are pertinent to cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing, and the many business activities that are ancillary to those core legal marijuana business functions. With cannabis legalized in one form or another in every U.S. state where Duane Morris has an office, our attorneys are uniquely situated to assist clients in achieving their business goals in this rapidly growing industry, and have been actively representing clients participating in different sectors of the multifaceted legal cannabis industry. 

Duane Morris attorneys in offices throughout the U.S. and internationally have extensive experience with the wide array of issues attendant to legal cannabis business activities, including licensing for cultivation, processing and dispensing; litigation; banking and finance; raising and deploying capital; mergers and acquisitions; protecting intellectual property; real estate development and leasing; public company representation and SEC filings; land use and zoning; healthcare and research; and taxation. In addition to advising participants in the medical and adult-use cannabis and hemp/CBD industries, as the industry has grown Duane Morris attorneys experienced in cannabis-related issues frequently advise clients in other sectors whose businesses intersect with the expanding regulated cannabis sector, including with respect to real estate development, banking and financing, and employment issues.

Areas in which Duane Morris attorneys have specific experience representing clients participating in or otherwise involved with the cannabis and hemp industries, include:

  • Corporate
    • Public companies and filings with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other agencies
    • Capital formation activities
    • Mergers and acquisitions 
    • Partnership and operating agreements
    • Domestic and cross-border financing transactions
  • Licensing and Permitting
    • For growers, processors and dispensaries
  • Risk Assessment Services
  •  Tax
    • Federal and state planning and advice
    • IRS Section 280E
  • Litigation
    • Commercial
    • Products liability
    • Regulatory actions and appeals
  • Real Estate and Construction of Facilities
    • Zoning and land use
    • Leasing and landlord/tenant matters
    • Civil forfeiture risk
  • Intellectual Property
    • Trademarks and patents
    • Licensing agreements
    • Marketing and branding
  • Health Law
    • University research centers
    • Hospital compliance
  • Labor and Employment
    • Noncompete and trade secrets
    • Executive employment agreements and severance agreements
    • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Information Technology and Management Software
  • Public and Community Relations
  • Environmental Considerations

For More Information

For more information, please contact Seth A. Goldberg, David N. Feldman, Jennifer Briggs Fisher or any of the group members referenced in the Attorney Listing.

Representative Matters

Duane Morris Cannabis Webinar, Series 200

A series of webinars throughout 2019 to discuss issues affecting the cannabis industry. Each session  covers a specific subject and features a “Hot Topics” segment to cover recent developments in the industry. Please visit the event page for more information.

Q&A Webinar on the Farm Bill

Presenters reviewed the provisions and implications of the 2018 Farm Bill and responded to questions about this legislation. The 2018 Farm Bill, known as the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” proposes the removal of hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and conferral on the Department of Agriculture authority over hemp, including CBD derived from hemp, and will allow states to be authorized as the primary regulator of hemp grown in their states. Interstate commerce of hemp and CBD derived from hemp will not be restricted. As anticipated, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20, 2018, removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

Duane Morris Cannabis Webinar, Series 100

A series of webinars throughout 2018 to discuss issues affecting the cannabis industry. Each session  covers a specific subject and features a “Hot Topics” segment to cover recent developments in the industry. Please visit the event page for more information.