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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 the individuals and businesses involved. 


The team at RZA Legal is dedicated to helping our business clients understand and comply with each state law and regulation surrounding this industry.  


We offer guidance to municipalities, licensees, landlords and others involved in the cannabis industry with drafting or interpreting medical and adult-use cannabis laws and regulations, legal guidance for local licensing authorities, local  laws and regulations pertaining to land use, licensing, and zoning, comprehensive representation in transactions involving the purchase and sale of cannabis businesses and assets.


 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.  However, there are still laws and regulations that hemp cultivators, manufacturers and distributors must comply with, especially those who are testing the boundaries of the Farm Bill with hemp-derived cannabinoid products.  

Hemp businesses also face many of the same business challenges and issues of any other industry: relationships with vendors, land use and zoning restrictions, commercial lease negotiation, product safety testing requirements, 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 may face.


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

  • Cannabis business licensing

    • Dispensary, manufacturers, cultivations, hospitality, transporters, findings of suitability, social equity 

    • state, local, business, occupational

  • Business formation & restructuring

  • Intellectual Property licensing & royalty agreements

  • Zoning  

  • Commercial real estate - lease & purchase drafting & negotiations

  • Corporate & commercial transactions

  • Cannabis mergers & acquisitions

  • Compliant financing guidance for cannabis businesses

  • Licensing defense from administrative actions

  • Employment contracts, handbooks & policies

  • Representation in local hearings for licensing

  • Policy & legislative drafting and review

  • Vendor & ancillary business contracts 

  • Standard Operatig Procedures

  • Product packaging & labeling compliance review

  • Regulatory compliance

  • Dispute resolution 

  • Business succession planning

  • Business strategy consulting

  • Notary 

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