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As our laws continue to evolve, companies and investors from coast-to-coast are contemplating entering the rapidly-growing cannabis space. But while many states have legalized cannabis products for either medical or recreational use, the regulatory landscape remains unsettled at both the state and federal level. Frankfurt Kurnit offers a full range of cannabis industry services to help guide clients through business formation, financing issues, litigation and dispute resolution, and other legal and business concerns.
We represent cannabis growers, property owners, dispensers, investors, advertisers, agencies, and companies that manufacture and sell cannabis products and services. Our representative clients include Emerald Family Farms, the award-winning California-based cannabis manufacturer and distributor, Humboldt Health Care LLC, Ayr Wellness, Inc., and numerous media and advertising clients who partner with existing cannabis companies.
We help cannabis venture entrepreneurs obtain the licenses and registrations necessary to launch their businesses.
We advise investors seeking to make equity investments in cannabis companies.
Advertising and Regulatory Compliance
We advise media and advertising clients on a number of issues surrounding the advertising and promotion of cannabis products including compliance with state and federal laws, required disclosures, and content-specific regulations. Our renowned Advertising Group helps cannabis marketers understand which laws govern, where advertising content can appear, and what claims are permissible under current FTC and state and local advertising regulations.
In an environment where it can be difficult to establish lawful commercial use, our top-ranked Trademark & Brand Management Group helps clients clear, protect, and maintain trademarks on a Federal and State basis, and oppose registration and seek cancellation of infringing, competitive trademarks.
Employment Law Issues
Can employers discipline employees for workplace or recreational marijuana use? How do recreational cannabis laws affect employers? Our Employment Group provides employers with day-to-day counseling on their hiring procedures, compensation practices, employment policies, and compliance with all employment laws and regulations.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Our Litigation Group represents cannabis growers, property owners, dispensers, distributors, investors, and cannabis product manufacturers in business disputes and litigation.
White Collar Defense and Investigations
Our White Collar Defense and Investigations Group defends individuals and businesses in cannabis-related matters and also represents companies in internal investigations and other regulatory enforcement matters.
Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Our Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Group counsels lawyers and law firms on their legal and ethical obligations under the rules and regulations governing lawyers as well as best practices for lawyers advising cannabis clients.
Keeping up with Fast-moving Changes
Our attorneys regularly monitor and report to clients on cannabis legalization bills, FDA approval proceedings, and other state and federal legislative and regulatory developments.