Cannabis Law

Counsel, Information and Events for the Cannabis Industry

With over 140 attorneys across the mid-Atlantic region, Offit Kurman has a well-established record of successfully representing businesses and entrepreneurs in regulatory compliance, health care, tax, intellectual property, litigation, employment, real estate/zoning, and many other areas of law. Our attorneys bring their decades of experience and business acumen to the highly-regulated cannabis industry to provide world-class advice, counsel, and legal services on the many legal and other obstacles facing cannabusinesses. Whether you or your business require an expert on cannabis law or a seasoned practitioner of one of the many other practice areas our firm regularly serves, Offit Kurman offers a full-service suite of legal services to ensure success in the cannabis industry.

Whether you are merely contemplating joining one of the nation's fastest-growing industries or have been operating a cannabusiness for some time, Offit Kurman's cannabis attorneys can add value to your business. Our unique, full-service approach to the industry and to cannabusinesses provides entrepreneurs and operators world-class legal, compliance, and business services while allowing for collaboration and cooperation in a number of different industry verticals and market segments. From helping you translate your idea into reality, to team-building, application writing, and regulatory compliance, our cannabis attorneys will provide guidance and counsel to you and your business every step of the way.

Formation

Establishing and operating a cannabis business, whether plant-touching or ancillary, necessitates
strategic planning and design.

Transactions

Navigating the cannabis industry requires not only a finely-tuned understanding of the law, but competent counsel on a wide variety of legal and business issues.

Compliance

As with any highly-regulated business, success in the cannabis industry depends on business owners’ ability to stay in compliance with local, State, and federal laws.

Networking

Offit Kurman’s cannabis practice provides cannabusiness owners and entrepreneurs unique networking opportunities unmatched in the industry.

Education

Offit Kurman's cannabis attorneys strive to provide high quality educational materials and resources to clients and the cannabis industry in general. 

Thought Leadership

The Real Estate Market for Cannabis Businesses

by Andrew Robinson (with research and support from Brad Bachman) At some point in the lifecycle of every cannabis business,…

Zoning In The Cannabis Industry

by Andrew Robinson (with research and support from Brad Bachman) This article highlights the importance of developing a firm understanding…

Telebriefs®: Are Employees Allowed to Use Medical Cannabis?

On July 17th, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that an employee was wrongfully terminated when her employer failed to engage…

Cannabis and Divorce

When someone gets divorced, everything that is not agreed upon by the parties is subject to a decision by a…

5 Key Tips to Readying Your Cannabis Facility for Final Inspection

After months of planning, team-building, raising capital, and overseeing construction and build-out, you are finally ready for your State’s regulators…

Medical Cannabis in Maryland – A Patchwork Approach to Zoning

As the result of countless ballot initiatives, tireless advocacy, and a gradual but consistent shift in public attitudes toward the…

Cultivating Your Estate Plan

As a savvy entrepreneur, you have chosen to enter the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.  After successfully navigating the hurdles of…

Licensing Your Cannabis-Related Intellectual Property: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Whether you own a restaurant, car dealership, widget factory or any other business, soon after you begin to enjoy commercial…

Claiming Your Stake: Real Estate Considerations for Cannabis Companies

Claiming Your Stake: Real Estate Considerations for Cannabis Companies   Purchasing Real Estate with your Cannabis Company Every person who…

Medical Cannabis FAQs

As Published Chesapeake Physician Experts project that serving patients under the Maryland medical cannabis law will begin in the spring…

Attorney Dave Severn Speaks at Medical Cannabis and Your County

  For Immediate Release Frederick, MD| November 16,2016 On November 10th, Offit Kurman Attorney Dave Severn spoke at the Maryland Association…

Events

Offit Kurman’s Medical Cannabis Affinity Group

  Offit Kurman’s Medical Cannabis Affinity Group is dedicated to promoting and fostering discussion concerning regulatory, legislative and operational issues…

The Cannabusiness Key

Hosted by Offit Kurman and featuring Cannabis Practice Group attorneys and experts from outside the firm this monthly, hour-long webinar…

Meet the Team

Cannabis Law Attorneys

Principal
Email: jwachs@offitkurman.com
Phone: 301.575.0302
Fax: 301.575.0335
Mailing: 8171 Maple Lawn Boulevard,
Suite 200, Maple Lawn, MD 20759

Principal
Email: jkelley3@offitkurman.com
Phone: 267-338-1368
Fax: 267-338-1335
Mailing: 1801 Market Street,
Suite 2300, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Principal
Email: jklein@offitkurman.com
Phone: 240.507.1733
Fax: 240.507.1735
Mailing: 4800 Montgomery Lane,
9th Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814
Principal
Email: knevins@offitkurman.com
Phone: 267.338.1305
Fax: 267.338.1335
Mailing: 1801 Market Street,
Suite 2300, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Principal
Email: mpetrizzo@offitkurman.com
Phone: 267.338.1380
Fax: 267.338.1335
Mailing: 1801 Market Street,
Suite 2300, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Principal
Email: dsevern@offitkurman.com
Phone: 240.772.5114
Fax: 240.772.5135
Mailing: 50 Carroll Creek Way ,
Suite 340 , Frederick , MD 21701
Cannabis Consultants
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Stephanie Hopper

Stephanie Hopper is a cannabis industry veteran and leader. Prior to her relationship with Offit Kurman, Ms. Hopper was the Chief Operating Officer of a medical and recreational dispensary and cultivation for two and a half years located in Denver, Colorado.  In addition, Ms. Hopper was a board member and the legislative chair for a prominent cannabis industry group representing over 65 companies in the State of Colorado.  Ms. Hopper currently sits on the Board of Advisors for a cannabis infused products manufacturer and actively engages with the development of IT solutions focused on the cannabis industry.  Prior to entering the cannabis industry Ms. Hopper worked for industry leaders BDO Seidman, KPMG, and Verizon in addition to participating in multiple start-ups. Ms. Hopper focused her career on helping companies implement solutions that improve efficiencies and controls to meet and maintain compliance with industry regulations and company expectations.  Ms. Hopper holds a MS in Telecommunications and a BS in Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Kristi Kelly

A cannabis industry pioneer from the Mid-Atlantic, Kristi Kelly applies her commitment to safe, quality cannabis to business. In addition to her work with Offit Kurman, Ms. Kelly is the executive director of Marijuana Industry Group, Colorado’s oldest and largest trade association for licensed businesses, where she was also vice chair.  Ms. Kelly is an investor and was an owner/operator in cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary businesses in Colorado.  She is a founding board member of the world’s first cannabis financial institution.  She is the founding trustee of CannAbility Foundation, helping families of children living with conditions and disabilities helped by cannabis.  She sits on the Colorado’s Task Force for Drunk and Impaired Driving and Department of Health and Environment's Marijuana Occupational Health and Safety Workgroup, and Denver's Social Consumption Advisory Committee and Odor Advisory Workgroup, among numerous other appointments and rulemaking committees.  She was recognized as one of 2016’s 50 most powerful women in cannabis (#12) by Cannabis Business Executive, and was featured in 2017’s Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed & Business.   

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CANNABIS IS A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE UNDER FEDERAL LAW AND A CONFLICT NOW EXISTS BETWEEN STATE LAWS AND FEDERAL LAW ON THE LEGALITY OF CANNABIS.  OUR PRACTICE GROUP IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO ADVISE CLIENTS ON ISSUES IN RELATION TO APPLICABLE STATE LAW AND COMPLIANCE ISSUES RELATED THERETO.  ANY ADVICE PROVIDED ON SUCH MATTERS IS VALID ONLY AS OF THE TIME IT IS PROVIDED.  IF ANY SUCH LEGAL SERVICES AS PROPOSED BECOME UNLAWFUL AT ANY TIME DUE A CHANGE IN STATE LAWS OR A MATERIAL CHANGE IN THE FEDERAL ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS RELATING TO CANNABIS, WE MAY TERMINATE SUCH SERVICES UPON NOTICE TO AFFECTED CLIENTS.  GIVEN THE IMPLICATIONS OF U.S. FEDERAL LAW REGARDING CANNABIS, IT MAY BE THE POSITION OF FEDERAL OR STATE GOVERNMENTS OR EVEN THIRD PARTIES THAT OUR ADVICE MAY NOT BE PROTECTED BY THE ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE.