The O’Connell & Aronowitz Cannabis Law Practice Group has begun assisting businesses varying in size and complexity on both legal and practical operations issues. Whether your business plan involves cultivation, laboratory testing, extraction and production, delivery and sales, or any other facet of the Cannabis industry, our attorneys begin by evaluating a client’s venture and providing guidance on the best strategy to ensure licensure and continuing compliance with the numerous obligations imposed on any Cannabis entity.

To ensure absolute success and capitalization, our team has compiled a unique group of consultants with deep ties throughout the Cannabis industry to provide extensive amount of supports and financial backing to cannabis entities of all shapes and sizes.

After forming your Cannabis entity, O’Connell & Aronowitz assists with all legal aspects of developing and growing the business, including drafting and negotiating contracts, employment issues, protecting intellectual property, and pursuing and defending litigation in both state and federal court.

The firm works to identify and solve a variety of operational and procedural legal issues that include:

  • Regulatory
    • Licenses to grow, process, or dispense adult-use marijuana, medical marijuana, and hemp
    • Assessment of business and individual risks under federal and state cannabis-related laws, regulations, and guidance
    • Administrative matters pertaining to licensure
  • Corporate
    • Corporate formation and structure, addressing complexities resulting from state-specific statutes and the conflict between federal and state law
    • Public companies and filings with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other agencies
    • Capital formation activities, including public and private securities offerings and lending transactions
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Partnership and operating agreements
  • Taxation
    • Federal and state planning and advice, including in connection with corporate formation and governance
    • IRS Section 280E
  • Litigation
    • Products liability, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn
    • Trademark and patent infringement
    • Employment claims, such as harassment
    • Challenges to state licensure programs
  • Real Estate and Construction
    • Zoning, water rights, and land use
    • Leasing and landlord/tenant matters
    • Civil forfeiture risk
  • Intellectual Property
    • Trademarks and patents
    • Licensing agreements
    • Marketing and branding
  • Health Law
    • University research centers and licensing
    • Hospital compliance
  • Labor and Employment
    • Workplace training
    • Non-compete agreements and trade secrets
    • Executive employment agreements and severance agreement
    • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Information Technology and Management Software
  • Public and Community Relations
  • Environmental Considerations
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