Foley Hoag Establishes Massachusetts Marijuana Counsel Blog

Blog to Address Regulatory, Legislative and Municipal Developments Surrounding Cannabis Industry in the Bay State

February 13, 2017

Foley Hoag LLP has announced the creation of a first-of-its-kind Massachusetts Marijuana Counsel blog to analyze the regulatory framework for the cannabis industry in Massachusetts and provide insight on legal issues relating to potential operators, potential investors in the industry, municipalities and other stakeholders.

The Massachusetts Marijuana Counsel blog will be maintained by a team of Foley Hoag attorneys that includes former leaders in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Department of Transportation and Executive Office of Administration and Finance, as well as members of the business department. These attorneys have considerable experience with the medical marijuana industry in Massachusetts and with regulatory issues, municipal matters, corporate formation and transactions, nonprofit corporation regulation, data privacy, employment, banking and finance, and trademark issues.

“We view this new blog as a natural extension of our practice advising highly regulated companies in Massachusetts,” said Kevin Conroy, a Foley Hoag partner and former Deputy Attorney General.  “We expect many companies that have successfully established dispensaries in other states to look at Massachusetts, and we look forward to advising them.”

The blog will focus on reporting legal developments while providing commentary on the following related areas: 

  • Legislative updates
  • Regulatory and policy enactments
  • The appointment and constitution of the Cannabis Control Commission
  • The impact of recreational cannabis regulation on the existing medical marijuana regulatory framework
  • Developments in federal law
  • Municipal issues
  • Corporate considerations
  • Employment issues
  • Policy matters

“With Massachusetts becoming one of the most recent states to regulate the adult use, sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana, the time is now to inform stakeholders on the complicated issues that will confront the Commonwealth’s newest industry,” said Foley Hoag attorney and blog author Jesse Harlan Alderman. “Our attorneys have decades of experience in counseling highly regulated industries in Massachusetts, as well as assisting numerous clients with the registration and licensing of medical marijuana facilities.”

Massachusetts voters passed The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act on November 8, 2016, which, among other things, legalizes the possession of one ounce or fewer of marijuana for people aged 21 and older, and establishes a framework to license, regulate and tax retail recreational marijuana establishments.

The Massachusetts Marijuana Counsel blog can be accessed here.

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