Cannabis is one of the fastest-growing industries in America. With that comes ever-changing state laws and regulatory oversight. Kelley Drye offers strategic guidance to help you navigate these unique challenges.

Kelley Drye has extensive experience working with the rapidly changing cannabis industry. We represent a multitude of stakeholders in the cannabis ecosystem—from growers and processors to manufacturers, retailers, and investors. We also counsel financial institutions and service providers regarding compliance with the laws and regulations applicable to the cannabis industry in general.

Our interdisciplinary team helps companies navigate the full range of cannabis-related legal and regulatory challenges, including:

  • state licensing compliance
  • food and drug regulations
  • advertising compliance
  • intellectual property procurement
  • corporate formation
  • real estate issues
  • tax consequences
  • banking concerns
  • employment issues
  • litigation
  • trade secret protection
  • internal investigations
  • criminal defense

We leverage our national footprint to provide holistic advice and representation to those directly involved in or looking to enter the industry.

Team Members

Our experience includes:

  • FDA and advertising regulatory advice:  Assisting multiple companies in navigating complex issues relative to product labeling and advertising.
  • Intellectual property:  Actively prosecuting patents directly or peripherally related to cannabis in a variety of technical disciplines.
  • Banking, securities, and AML: Counseling clients regarding payment transactions, anti-money laundering, and securities issues.
  • State regulatory: Assisting clients in preparing and filing applications for grower and processor licensing in multiple states.
  • Labor and employment: Counseling employers throughout the country on cannabis issues in the employment context.