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The Daily Record Names Offit Kurman a 2016 Innovator of the Year

For Immediate Release

Baltimore, MD | August 19, 2016 

Jonathan R. Wachs

Jonathan R. Wachs

The Maryland Daily Record has named Offit Kurman as an Innovator of the Year for 2016 for its Cannabis Practice.

Comprised of 31 finalists “who have created new products, services or programs that have had a positive effect on business, industry or the community,” this year’s list spans innovations in a broad array of fields such as education, technology, logistics, communication, and human rights. The Daily Record selects winners based on originality, power, challenge, and value of their breakthrough, as well as the quality of the nominees’ letters of reference.

Offit Kurman received this award for the launch and operation of its Cannabis Practice Group. The firm’s Cannabis Practice Group was founded in early 2016 by Offit Kurman attorney Jonathan Wachs.  The Group is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal assistance to new and proposed operators of cannabis related businesses in compliance with applicable laws and enforcement policies.  As part of the Group, Offit Kurman created a monthly Affinity Group for operators and industry service providers to discuss developments in the industry, as well as a bi-weekly webinar series on legal issues affecting “cannabusinesses” – The Cannabusiness Key.

The Group has become known for harnessing the talent of several senior-level legal practitioners in a variety of practice areas (such as health care, employment law, corporate transactions and intellectual property) and applying their collective knowledge to the rapidly developing and complex legal requirements of the cannabis industry.  The Cannabis Practice Group has also received national attention in recent months for its strong commitment to provide comprehensive, timely and free content on legal and operational issues affecting the cannabis industry.

Through the Cannabis Practice Group, Offit Kurman recently also formed an exclusive strategic alliance with Adherence Compliance, a global leader in automated cannabis compliance software and services. This alliance offers the first comprehensive, legally reviewed regulatory compliance software and business solution. “Offit Kurman remains committed to creating innovative solutions to complex problems and unique service models to deliver extraordinary results and our new Cannabis Practice Group serves as evidence of our commitment,” said Mr. Wachs.

To learn more about Offit Kurman’s Cannabis Practice Group, see a list of services provided, register for upcoming events, and get the latest cannabis industry news and guidance, visit or click here. To get in touch with Mr. Wachs, please click here.



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