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Although cannabis currently remains illegal under Federal law, a majority of states have implemented medical and/or adult-use marijuana laws. These laws can create confusion for individuals and businesses involved. 


RZA Legal is dedicated to helping our clients understand and comply with each state law and regulation surrounding this industry and develop and implement strategies for business success.


 In 2018, Congress passed the Farm Bill which legalized hemp at the federal level, subject to certain restrictions.  In many ways, hemp is significantly less regulated than the commercial cannabis industry.  

Hemp businesses also face many of the same  challenges and issues of any other industry: relationships with vendors, land use and zoning restrictions, commercial lease negotiation, product safety testing, product liability claims, business formation and more.  At RZA Legal, we have the experience to guide hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoid businesses through the legal and business issues they face.


Whether you are a local government, cannabis business owner, landlord, investor, ancillary service provider, or looking to enter or exit the market, RZA Legal serves in the following ways:

  • Cannabis business licensing

    • Dispensaries, manufacturers, cultivations, hospitality, transporters, testing facilities, findings of suitability, social equity 

    • state, local, business, occupational

  • Business formation & restructuring

  • Intellectual Property licensing & royalty agreements

  • Zoning  

  • Commercial real estate

    • Lease & purchase drafting & negotiation

  • Corporate & commercial transactions

  • Mergers & acquisitions

  • Licensing defense from administrative actions

  • Employment contracts, handbooks & policies

  • Representation in local licensing hearings

  • Compliant financing guidance

  • Policy & legislative drafting and review

  • Vendor & ancillary business contracts 

  • Standard Operating Procedures

  • Product packaging & labeling compliance

  • Regulatory compliance

  • Business succession planning

  • Business strategy consulting

  • Notary 

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