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Our team has been instrumental in the transition of the U.S. cannabis industry into the commercial mainstream.

Formed at the very outset of the creation of the state-level legal cannabis industry, Husch Blackwell’s Cannabis practice is a national leader in the field, serving the first regulated cannabis markets of Colorado, then California, and now advising clients wherever state law permits. We provide to leading industry participants sophisticated transactional, finance, and regulatory legal counsel, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings (public and private), debt and equity financings, corporate restructuring, federal and state regulation, intellectual property, tax, employment, and other general corporate issues.

Partnering with our clients, our team has lived and breathed the challenges they face on a daily basis. Operations and processes that many businesses take for granted—such as commercial banking, business insurance, leasing, and access to capital markets—are challenging in the cannabis space, and we have assisted dozens of enterprises develop the necessary legal framework to operate their businesses and manage risk. The experience of our cannabis law practice is a valuable resource for all of our cannabis clients, including medical and retail centers and cultivators, manufacturers of infused products, testing facilities, marijuana technology companies, landlords, private equity funds, credit unions and security companies.

Members of the Husch Blackwell cannabis law team have helped clients navigate the complex and ever-changing regulations governing the state legal cultivation and sale of marijuanaindustrial hemp and cannabidiol (CBD). Additionally, the entire firm serves as a resource when the team is dealing with highly complex and novel legal issues on behalf of cannabis clients.

Cannabis stats - 13 years we've handled cannabis-related matters and 48 states permitting some form of marijuana usage

Representative Experience

  • Represented one of the largest cannabis testing facilities in connection with the reverse merger into a publicly reporting Over the Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) company.
  • Represented one of the largest cannabis security companies in connection with the reverse merger into a publicly reporting OTCBB company.
  • Negotiated the successful purchase of various recreational and medical center (including cultivations) licenses in Colorado.
  • Represented numerous clients, landlords and tenants in leasing warehouse space in Colorado.
  • Represent several clients in the development of commercial greenhouses used by cannabis tenants in Colorado and California.
  • Develop and license proprietary technology and trademarks for technology and intellectual property holding companies in the marijuana and industrial hemp industries operating in the United States.
  • Represent emerging growth cannabis technology and business solution companies in connection with corporate formation, financings and commercial contracts.
  • Represent several cannabis clients in commercial litigation matters.
  • Provide ongoing regulatory, employment, tax, corporate and securities legal advice to various recreational and medical cannabis clients.
  • Represented a large recreational center in successfully obtaining one of the first retail licenses in Aurora, Colorado.
  • Represented an infused-products manufacturer in successfully obtaining a medical infused products license in Colorado.
  • Represent various medical and recreational centers, infused-products manufacturers and testing facilities with licensing issues at local and state levels in Colorado.
  • Represent cannabis operators in Colorado with regard to administrative show cause orders, negotiation of remediation plans and stipulated settlement agreements with state and local agencies.
  • Represent Canadian public companies with cannabis operations in the United States.
  • Represent clients expanding cannabis operations into Canada.
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Blog | April 20, 2021
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Blog | March 23, 2021
USDA Final Rule Takes Effect
Articles | October 26, 2020
Marijuana Venture: Innovation on the Rise
Blog | January 02, 2020
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Articles | December 31, 2019
Cannabis Concerns? Employer Strategies for Maintaining a Safe Workplace

Employers should evaluate and revise their drug policies to comply with the law and protect the health and safety of their workplace.

Webinar | March 2021
Colorado MED Rulemaking Update
News Releases | October 18, 2021
Husch Blackwell Guides LivWell in Sale to PharmaCann
News Releases | December 06, 2021
Husch Blackwell Elects 36 to 2022 Partnership Class
Media Mentions | February 16, 2021
NACS News: Cannabis Industry Grows on Capitol Hill
News Releases | May 19, 2020
Husch Blackwell Represents Schwazze in Landmark Cannabis Transaction

The transaction is the first to close after a change in Colorado law pursuant to House Bill 19-1090, allowing for publicly traded companies to own Colorado cannabis licenses.

News Releases | February 12, 2020
Husch Blackwell's Banking and Finance Group Adds Two in Wisconsin

“Growing our Wisconsin-based banking and finance team has been a priority for our firm over the past few years,” said Eric Lenzen, leader of the firm’s Financial Services & Capital Markets group.

Media Mentions | January 23, 2020
Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs (1/23/20)
Media Mentions | January 17, 2020
5280 Magazine: Denver's Top Lawyers 2020
Media Mentions | January 17, 2020
Ag Professional: Is Hemp the New Soybean?
News Releases | December 03, 2019
Husch Blackwell's Cannabis Law Team Recognized with 2019 Top Legal Innovation Award

Husch Blackwell’s Cannabis team, led by Denver-based Steve Levine, is one of the largest such practices in the United States.

Testimonials Andy Williams, Founder, Medicine Man

“Husch Blackwell has been our corporate counsel at Medicine Man for many years. Steve Levine is a now a good friend and trusted adviser to the leaders within our organization. Their firm has a wide range of legal expertise within their ranks and has been phenomenal in helping with our many and varied needs. Their cannabis industry knowledge is unparalleled by other law firms. We highly recommend Husch Blackwell to anyone in the cannabis industry.”

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Testimonials Jarell Wall, Co-Founder & CEO, Gentleman Quinns

"My company is in the cannabis space where it is sink or swim for minority entrepreneurs. And finding good, affordable legal support has been very difficult for me. HB is walking me through a comprehensive review of my corporate structure and helping position us best to raise money. The program has been great for us."

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