Businesses in this fast-changing industry face unique issues and require smart, strategic advisers. Ballard Spahr has a national team of experienced attorneys who assist at each step along the way.

As more states legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use, the lawyers in our Cannabis practice are helping businesses gear up not only to seize, but to help create opportunities presented by this growth trend.

Legalized recreational marijuana is the new law in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota. As those markets weave into a growing, national cannabis business sector, we are providing cannabis-related legal services from our offices in key metro areas—including Boulder, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, metro New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, and Sioux Falls.

We cover the full range of cannabusiness issues, from entity formation, capitalization, and transactions to banking, employment, and government advocacy—a key area in states where the focus now turns to regulation and implementation.

Experience with the Range of Cannabis Clients and Issues

We have advised growers, dispensaries, technology companies, researchers and investors on a variety of regulatory, licensing, corporate, financing, intellectual property, and other legal issues. Combining our knowledge of the industry and regulatory landscape with our business acumen and experience in other heavily regulated industries, we work with cannabis-industry clients to establish viable, compliant business models that achieve their goals.

We have represented clients engaged in a broad range of services within and related to this industry, including:

  • Financial services and bank regulatory issues
  • Business entity formation
  • Corporate governance
  • Creation of operational plans
  • Formations targeting cannabis investments
  • Investor relations
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Employee benefits and compensation
  • Employment litigation
  • Immigration
  • Wage and hour laws
  • Venture capital and business financing arrangements
  • Patent registration and prosecution
  • Trademarks
  • Risk management for liability claims
  • Implementing precautions and limitations related to consumer use of medical cannabis
  • Business zoning and jurisdictional issues
  • Real estate acquisitions for grower/dispensary properties
  • IRS audits



Beth Moskow-Schnoll
Tel 302.252.4447