POWERFUL ADVOCATES

Cannabis Industry

LEADERSHIP: Jay A. Dubow, Michael K. Jones and Alva C. Mather

Pepper helps clients in the cannabis industry navigate a rapidly shifting regulatory landscape, where a patchwork of state regimes conflict with federal regulations.

As states across the country authorize the use of marijuana, both for medical and nonmedical purposes, existing businesses and entrepreneurs looking to enter into or expand in the cannabis industry need legal counsel with experience in this dynamic field. Pepper Hamilton LLP represents clients engaged in a broad range of activities within the industry — whether they are working with cannabis directly or merely providing services to cannabis companies.

We advise clients, including growers, dispensaries, technology companies 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 highly regulated industries, we work with cannabis industry clients to establish viable business models that achieve their goals.

Our lawyers draw on the deep institutional knowledge they have gained from representing life sciences, health care, pharmaceutical, medical device, alcohol and food product companies to counsel cannabis industry clients on investment structures, capitalization and exit scenarios; intellectual property strategies; and potential risks both for cannabis-focused companies and non-industry participants doing business with cannabis companies.

Our work encompasses representing cannabis industry clients in the following areas:

  • corporate, including entity formation and capital raises

  • regulatory, including acquiring licenses for marijuana cultivation and dispensaries

  • white collar and criminal

  • labor and employment, including equity incentive, noncompete and labor union agreements

  • intellectual property, including patent applications, trademark filings and agreements (e.g., nondisclosure, license, collaboration, joint development, material transfer and website agreements).