Foley Hoag has been at the forefront of the medical and adult-use cannabis industry since the very early stages of its regulation and legalization in specific U.S. states and beyond. Our leading, full-service Cannabis Practice is comprised of attorneys with unique insight and experience to assist cannabis and cannabis-related operators and investors with all aspects of their business. Our practice is national and international in scope, as we represent cannabis clients in transactions in a variety of states and Canada. We have written, project managed and advised on competitive license applications in numerous states, including a winning Class 1 Production License in Georgia, vertically integrated ATC license in New Jersey, and perfect-scoring applications in Illinois.

Medical and adult-use cannabis businesses face a complex set of federal and state laws and regulations that apply to cultivation, processing and dispensing cannabis, as well as to ancillary services. Lawyers in Foley Hoag’s Cannabis Practice have assisted both public and private cannabis companies with:

  • major mergers and acquisitions
  • formation of cannabis funds
  • corporation formation, early stage company issues, and other business counseling
  • winning competitive licenses at the state and local level
  • all phases of state and local permitting
  • regulatory compliance
  • government and public strategies
  • real estate transactions
  • intellectual property matters, including registration and defense of trademarks
  • banking and finance issues
  • FDA and FTC compliance and legislative interaction
  • business and investor disputes
  • employment matters
  • labor relations and union organizing
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