A Principal and Co-Founder of the firm’s Cannabis Practice Group, Darren H. Weiss is a frequent author and speaker on legal and business issues and affecting the legalized cannabis industry, a cannabis industry thought leader, and a seasoned business counselor. A passionate and experienced legal advocate, Mr. Weiss’s practice focuses primarily on cannabis and corporate law, including formation and organization of cannabis companies; corporate financing; drafting and negotiating investment documents, licensing agreements, and vendor contracts; and providing business advice and counsel on competitive licensing applications and cannabusiness design and strategy. Mr. Weiss has been counsel to cannabis industry investors, entrepreneurs, business owners, and ancillary service providers, and has helped negotiate and close numerous multi-million dollar transactions and provided counsel in the creation of multi-state brands and products.
Prior to joining Offit Kurman, Mr. Weiss was an associate at a Baltimore/Washington law firm, where he concentrated on corporate law and commercial litigation. During his time there, Mr. Weiss represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including medical care, manufacturing, professional services, and financial services. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Weiss completed a clerkship with the Honorable Lenore R. Gelfman, Administrative Judge at the Circuit Court for Howard County. Mr. Weiss received his Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and his Juris Doctorate cum laude from George Mason University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Weiss served as Executive Editor of the George Mason Law Review, participated in Moot Court and Trial Advocacy, and had the opportunity to intern on both trial and appellate courts.
Prior to law school, Mr. Weiss worked at a business intelligence software company where he consulted on enterprise-wide performance management initiatives for public- and private-sector clients and taught workshops on software and business integration.
Mr. Weiss is a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Baltimore County Bar Association, the Howard County Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Baltimore City. Mr. Weiss is admitted to practice by the Maryland Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Weiss is also active in the Baltimore Jewish community and resides in Baltimore with his wife and daughters.
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