Cannabis Industry Representative Engagements

  • Represent founders in connection with structuring cannabis businesses and advising on ownership issues related to cannabis businesses.
  • Represent existing cannabis businesses with respect to restructuring operations.
  • Represent sellers with respect to the sale of cannabis businesses and their assets.
  • Represent partners in connection with the acquisition of control of cannabis businesses.
  • Represent investment groups in connection with the formation of investment funds focused on the cannabis industry.
  • Represent investors and investment funds with securities matters, due diligence investigations of potential investments, and negotiating the terms of investments in portfolio companies.
  • Represent cannabis businesses with respect to financings and fundraising efforts.
  • Represent investors in connection with investment for control in cannabis businesses.  Advise on the corporate structuring of the same businesses.
  • Form and structure cannabis collectives under current California law. Represent existing collectives and new business ventures with licensing and permit planning in connection with existing laws and the new California medical and adult-use laws.
  • Represent cannabis businesses with respect to Prop. 65 matters.
  • Represent business in connection with trademark and intellectual property issues.
  • Represent investors and joint venture partners in large real estate transactions to create multi-use spaces for cannabis businesses.
  • Represent land owners that are leasing to cannabis-related businesses.
  • Represent founders and business partners in connection with ownership and contractual disputes in the cannabis industry.
  • Represent cannabis companies as outside general counsel.
  • Represent non-cannabis companies with respect risk analysis and appropriate safeguards and controls for engaging in business transactions with cannabis businesses.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Doing Business With the Cannabis Industry? Make Sure Your Insurance Will Cover You

By Shanti Eagle, Farella Braun + Martel, and Martin Fox-Foster, Emergent Risk Insurance Services Much has been written about the difficulties and limitations of insuring leaf-touching cannabis businesses. However, any individual or company simply interacting...

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California Cannabis Cultivators Face Legal Challenges as Temporary Licenses Expire

California Cannabis Cultivators Stuck Without Licenses: Ab-97 Gives Some Relief, but Immediate Stop-Gap Measures Still Necessary Over the past few months, thousands of California cannabis farms that had been operating legally with temporary state...

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Cannabis Companies and the California Consumer Privacy Act

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Insurance for the Cannabis Industry Program Takeaways

I recently moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco Insurance Section program co-sponsored with the Cannabis Law Section. The program highlighted recent changes to local insurance requirements and market availability of coverage for cannabis...

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CBD in Foods and Beverages? Not Quite Yet

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News

The State of Cannabis

Ryan Lowther, chair of Farella’s Cannabis Industry practice group, discusses how one of his main tasks for North Bay cannabis companies in regards to processing licenses are compliance hurdles. In the article, Ryan explained that...

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In the Weeds: Marijuana Legalization & Employment Laws

Over the last several years, attitudes towards marijuana use have rapidly changed in the United States. According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of U.S. respondents said marijuana use should be legal...

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Evicting Tenants Over “Illegal” Cannabis Operation Comes Back to Bite Landlords in Coverage

A 6th Circuit case decided earlier this year demonstrates how positions taken by insureds in prior litigation can impact or foreclose coverage in subsequent disputes with insurers. See K.V.G. Properties, Inc. v. Westfield Ins...

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