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Cannabis Law and Regulation

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Baker Donelson attorneys and public policy advisors are well-positioned and well-equipped to advise companies, financial institutions and investors in this burgeoning industry, on a wide range of legal and public policy issues.

Practice Overview


With the increasing demand for legalized cannabis products and the proliferation of states approving state-level marijuana programs, the legal landscape regarding cannabis is rapidly changing at the federal, state and municipal level. Baker Donelson attorneys and policy advisors have the experience and knowledge to advise the cannabis industry on virtually all of its legal and public policy needs.

Some of the areas in which we advise cannabis industry clients are:

  • Acquisitions and sales, including private equity
  • Business formation
  • Corporate and capital markets
  • Corporate growth and expansion strategies
  • Cultivation, manufacturing and distribution
  • Data security
  • Employment counseling
  • Financial institutions and banking
  • Government investigations and enforcement
  • Health care
  • International law
  • Intellectual property
  • Licensing and registration
  • Litigation, including class actions
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Product labeling
  • Public policy and government relations
  • Real estate, land use, zoning and environmental
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Retail sales
  • Tax matters and audits
  • Advised cannabis retailers on point-of-sell issues and concerns, marketing and advertising, online versus brick-and-mortar sales, as well as shipping and delivery, both within the client (e.g., internal distribution networks) and externally with respect to end users/purchasers.

  • Advised retailers, including national “big box” stores, on entering the legal cannabis market, whether to sell THC-containing products, zero-THC products, such as ingestible and topical CBD, or a combination of both.

  • Represented a nationally leading CBD company in defending multiple putative class action lawsuits alleging violation of various state consumer protection statutes.

  • Represented a company seeking a Class 1 or Class 2 low-THC oil production license, which included full cultivation and manufacturing into oil, in the highly regulated state of Georgia.

  • Advised a cannabis start-up in California on cultivation, manufacturing and distribution.

  • Advised farmers and agricultural clients on qualifying as a licensed/regulated cannabis grower, processor, or both.

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