Cannabis Law

The cannabis law attorneys at Norris McLaughlin provide a full range of legal and consultation services in all areas of cannabis law for employers, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors.  This diverse group of attorneys navigates the complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing the medical and recreational use of marijuana.  To learn more about the comprehensive legal issues related to the cannabis industry, visit the cannabis law blog, Legally Grown.

Our services include:

Labor & Employment

  • Discrimination and accommodation issues
  • Drug testing and background check policies and practices
  • Revision of employee handbooks
  • Immigration issues
  • Employer health and wellness plans


  • Impact of environmental laws (seed to disposal)
  • Disposal of unused or discarded marijuana
  • Disposal of hazardous and nonhazardous waste
  • Government regulations

Health Care Regulations

  • Required physician registry
  • Conflict of interest restrictions
  • Assistance with disciplinary actions
  • Guidelines for issuing medical marijuana certifications to qualified patients

Real Estate

  • Landlord/tenant issues
  • Business zoning
  • Land use restrictions
  • Commercial leasing

Regulatory and Compliance Issues

  • Permits
  • Licensing
  • Distribution
  • Sales
  • Storage of product
  • Recordkeeping


  • Purchase/sale of business
  • Venture capital and financing arrangements
  • Valuation
  • Debtor/creditor rights
  • Federal banking regulations

Intellectual Property

  • Federal and state trademark registrations for company and product names
  • Brand protection strategy including the selection, clearance, and enforcement of state and federal trademark rights
  • Patents for seed, plant, manufacturing, and related technologies
  • Trade secrets, confidential and proprietary information
  • Copyright registration and enforcement
  • Valuation of intellectual property portfolio


  • Audits
  • Surcharges and taxes associated with state laws
  • Sales or exchange of capital assets


  • Business entity formation
  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Commercial agreements
  • Business disputes and litigation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Shareholder agreements


Disclaimer: Possessing, using, distributing, and/or selling marijuana or marijuana-based products is illegal under federal law, regardless of any state law that may decriminalize such activity under certain circumstances.  No legal advice we give is intended to provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law.

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