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Our cannabis lawyers are ready to discuss rules and their implications on current and future cannabis, marijuana and hemp businesses.

For nearly a decade, Husch Blackwell has helped clients leverage opportunities in the state legal cannabis industry. Our team counsels clients on a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings (public and private), debt and equity financings, and corporate restructuring. Our cannabis lawyers also advise on federal and state regulation, intellectual property, tax, employment and other general corporate issues.

Our national legal team served the first regulated cannabis markets of Colorado, then California, from the outset. The experience of our cannabis law practice is a valuable resource for all our cannabis clients. Our cannabis lawyers counsel 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 marijuana, industrial 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.

Blog | January 02, 2020
With a little help from my friends
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.

Blog | September 26, 2019
SAFE Banking Passes the House
Blog | September 23, 2019
SAFE Banking Act – A Legislative Update
Blog | July 30, 2019
TTAB Harshes Vibe
Blog | May 30, 2019
USDA Issues Legal Opinion on Hemp
Alerts | April 04, 2019
Clarity at Last? FDA Announces Plans for Meeting on Cannabis-Derived Compounds

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans to hold a meeting to discuss its regulatory approach to products that contain cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD).

Alerts | March 06, 2019
Colorado Poised to Pass Major Marijuana-Related Legislation

The State of Colorado has taken a major step towards opening its marijuana industry to outside investment in what could be a transformative piece of legislation.

Blog | January 07, 2019
2018 Farm Bill: Opportunities in Hemp
Articles | January 2019
Cannabis Business Times: 2018 Farm Bill: Opportunities in Hemp

Distributing more than $850 billion, the 2018 Farm Bill is an enormous piece of legislation that funds programs such as crop insurance, school lunches and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Integrated into the Farm Bill is the bipartisan-supported Hemp Farming Act of 2018. Steve Levine and Ben Jones explain in this article.

White Papers | 2019
Insurance Risk in Cannabis Operations: Theory versus Practice

Cannabis industry participants face heightened risks when purchasing and using insurance products.

Blog | November 19, 2018
Due Diligence in Cannabis Transactions
White Papers | November 15, 2018
Due Diligence in Cannabis Transactions

While the basic principles of due diligence still apply, vetting existing marijuana and hemp businesses presents some unique variables and risks.

Blog | November 09, 2018
Election Re-cap: Green Wave
Blog | November 01, 2018
Marijuana in the Midterms
Articles | September 19, 2018
Sacramento Business Journal: Husch Blackwell attorney explores California's laws and regulations on emerging cannabis industry

Steve Levine discusses the current state of cannabis law in California.

Blog | March 27, 2018
Will Hemp be Legalized Soon?
Blog | January 04, 2018
The Sessions Memo
Blog | December 26, 2017
Husch Blackwell Expands to California
Blog | December 26, 2017
Husch Blackwell Expands to California
Blog | December 18, 2017
Denver Marijuana Enforcement Operation
Webinar | June 26, 2019
The States of Marijuana: The Impact of Changing Cannabis Laws

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Seminars | April 2, 2019
Sweetleaf: An Outlier or Reason for Concern?

Cannabis Seminar

Seminars | June 28, 2018
Cannabis Law Now: Criminal Investigations June 28, 2018

Join Husch Blackwell attorneys for a deeper look at the effect of the Cole Memo rescission on federal enforcement efforts, both civil and criminal, and for analysis of what factors will drive federal enforcement moving forward. This program is geared toward cannabis business owners and will provide practical compliance tips.

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.

News Releases | September 10, 2019
Husch Blackwell's Scott and Eckelkamp Named 2019 Up & Coming Lawyers

The annual Up & Coming awards “celebrate outstanding legal professionals who are 40 or younger or who are within their first 10 years of practice.

Media Mentions | August 01, 2019
Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up the Ranks in Q2
Media Mentions | June 10, 2019
St. Louis Business Journal: St. Louis lawyer advises marijuana brand protection — if you can get it

Mike Annis discusses the importance of trademark protection for those in the medical marijuana industry with the St. Louis Business Journal's Greg Edwards.

Media Mentions | May 10, 2019
Milwaukee Business Journal: A Budding Industry
News Releases | April 30, 2019
Chambers USA Recognizes Steve Levine in Inaugural Cannabis Law Rankings

Levine, head of Husch Blackwell’s cannabis practice, is recognized by Chambers USA in inaugural nationwide Cannabis Law rankings.

Media Mentions | April 05, 2019
Kansas City Business Journal: Lawyer: Business law in the cannabis industry is tricky

Steve Levine discusses the intricacies of setting up a medical marijuana business in Missouri with James Dornbrook of the Kansas City Business Journal. Lawyer: Business law in the cannabis industry is tricky

News Releases | April 01, 2019
Husch Blackwell Names Marnie Jensen Office Managing Partner of Omaha Office

Marnie Jensen succeeds Todd Richardson as managing partner of Husch Blackwell's Omaha office.

Media Mentions | March 24, 2019
Safety + Health: Clearing the air on marijuana
News Releases | January 04, 2019
5280 Magazine Recognizes Steve Levine as Leader in Cannabis Law

Steve Levine, who has represented clients in the cannabis industry since 2010, has been named a 5280 magazine Top Lawyer in Marijuana Law for the fourth year in a row.

Media Mentions | November 07, 2018
Kansas City Business Journal: Potential issues posed by medical marijuana

Christopher Ottele discusses potential labor issues for employers as a result of Missouri voters' approval to legalize medical marijuana. 

Media Mentions | October 25, 2018
Law.com Higher Law: A 'Green Wave' Legalization Blueprint (log-in required)

Law.com mention's Marshall Custer's interview with Slate's "Working" podcast about his six years working in cannabis law.

Media Mentions | October 21, 2018
Slate: How Does a Marijuana Lawyer Do His Job? (AUDIO)

Meet Marshall Custer, who co-leads the cannabis law practice at Husch Blackwell (This 47:15 podcast is part of Slate's "Working" series).

Listen to the podcast.

News Releases | October 02, 2018
Steve Levine Selected as 2018 National Law Journal Cannabis Law Trailblazer

Husch Blackwell's Steve Levine has been named a "Cannabis Law Trailblazer" for 2018 by the National Law Journal.

News Releases | August 01, 2018
Tobias P. Moon to Explore Emerging Legal Issues in Mortgage Lending to Cannabis-Industry Employees

Presentation explores lending to individuals employed by legitimate marijuana businesses.

Media Mentions | June 11, 2018
Above the Law: High Times For Cannabis Law Blogs External Link

Husch Blackwell’s Cannabis Law Now blog is highlighted among a number of law firm blogs devoted to cannabis law.

Media Mentions | May 01, 2018
Kansas City Star: Medical marijuana is one step closer to being legal in Missouri

Steve Levine draws on his experience as a top cannabis lawyer in comments to the Kansas City Star.

Media Mentions | April 18, 2018
San Jose Inside: How San Jose Went from Being the ‘Wild West of Weed' to a Bastion for Legal Cannabis

Steve Levine comments on the evolution of San Jose’s approach to regulating cannabis.

News Releases | January 03, 2018
Levine Named Top Cannabis Business Lawyer by 5280 Magazine

Steve Levine is recognized as a Top Lawyer in Marijuana Law by 5280 Magazine.

Testimonials Wade Shafer, American Simmental Association

“When we were blindsided by a patent infringement lawsuit that could have put us out of business if found meritorious, we turned to our trusted legal advisors at Husch Blackwell. The team truly delivered. Their decisive action and novel approach to our situation resulted in dismissal of the lawsuit and an order from the USPTO invalidating every claim of the asserted patents.”

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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 Jonathan R. Boord, General Counsel, Native Roots Dispensary

"The attorneys at Husch Blackwell provide a proactive approach to their service in keeping us informed on changes to the law and new decisions of the regulators and legislators in the space. They make it easy for us to recommend them to our industry peers."

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