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Cannabis & Hemp Law

Murchison & Cumming’s Cannabis & Hemp Law Practice Group attorneys handle a myriad of legal issues impacting businesses and individuals within California and Nevada's legalized commercial and medical cannabis industry. In a rapidly changing regulatory environment, our attorneys provide guidance and strategic advice to prepare our clients to legally operate under state and local laws and regulations. Our team provides comprehensive and strategic legal advice and counseling to various cannabis businesses and individuals, including cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, testing laboratories and retailers. We assist in all aspects of legal representation from starting a business through maintaining corporate and operational compliance.

Licensing & Regulatory Compliance

  • Local and State Licensing to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, test, and/or sell medicinal and adult-use cannabis.
  • Administrative Hearings relating to local and state licenses.
  • Administrative Hearings before the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel.
  • Risk assessment in conjunction with federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Drafting and Review of Standard Operating Procedures.

Civil Litigation & Disputes

  • Breach of Contracts
  • Partnership/Shareholder Disputes
  • Employment claims
  • Quiet Title Actions
  • Cease and Desist / Demand Letters
  • Administrative Hearings
  • Arbitration

Corporate & General Business Transactions

  • Corporate Entity Formation and Governance
  • Shareholder, Partnership, Joint Venture & Limited Liability Company Agreements
  • General Business Agreements
  • Purchase and Sale of Businesses
  • Technology Licensing

Real Estate Transactions

  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Landlord/Tenant Matters
  • Purchase and Sale Transactions
  • Development Agreements

Risk Management

  • Business Counseling & Investigations
  • Insurance Evaluations
  • Liability Exposure & Best Practices Evaluation

Labor and Employment

  • Employee Manuals and Handbooks
  • Workplace Training Services
  • Executive Compensation and Severance Transactions
  • Employee Equity & Non-Equity Compensation Plans
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Wrongful Termination and Breach of Contract matters
  • Wage and Hour Claims

Product Liability

  • Packaging and Labeling
  • Product Defects
  • Product Recalls
  • Breach of Warranties

Intellectual Property

  • State & Federal Trademark Registrations
  • Preparing and Prosecuting Patent and Trademark Applications
  • Copyright Protection
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Trade Secret Counseling and Litigation
  • Trademark and Copyright Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Appeals

Environmental Law

  • Clean Water Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • California Proposition 65
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989

Our commitment to understanding our clients' objectives and goals surrounding their situations allows us to excel at advising them from the moment we begin our representation. As the legal landscape of the cannabis industry continues to change and evolve, there is no better time to seek legal counsel to help your business stay up to date  and compliant.

*Disclaimer: The possession, distribution and manufacturing of marijuana are illegal under federal law. State law, which may in some jurisdictions decriminalize such activity under certain circumstances, is superseded by federal law. Violation of federal drug laws carries serious penalties, with the federal government reserving the right to seize and seek civil forfeiture of real or personal property facilitating the sale of marijuana and money or proceeds accruing from such transactions. Although the U.S. Department of Justice has noted that an effective state regulatory system and a marijuana operation’s compliance therein should be considered in the exercise of investigative and prosecutorial discretion, its authority to prosecute violations of federal law is not diminished by the passage of state laws that may decriminalize such activity. Law or policy covering this industry may change at any time. The legal counsel and documents we provide are related solely to assist in compliance with the laws of the states of California and Nevada.

For more information about the Cannabis & Hemp Law Practice Group of Murchison & Cumming LLP, its attorneys and services, please contact:

Kenneth H. Moreno, Chair
619-544-6838 x204