Franchising is an emerging issue for operators in the cannabis industry, both for companies that voluntary adopt the franchise model to expand their business, and for those who may find they have become an “accidental franchise.”

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Fox Rothschild attorneys Eleanor Vaida Gerhards and Matthew R. Kittay have authored a primer that explores both ends of

Investors and lenders could be seeing more green from cannabis. Considering that more than 30 states have approved medical marijuana and about a third of those have also legalized its recreational use, this rapidly expanding industry presents a range of new funding and traditional banking opportunities. We help financial institutions prepare for that.

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Jennifer Benda, a Partner in Fox’s Denver, CO office, is an experienced tax attorney who handles tax controversy and income tax planning and compliance matters. She has significant experience assisting companies in the cannabis industry with tax planning, transactional matters, IRS examinations, and other tax compliance matters. Over at Fox Rothschild’s Tax Controversy and

It is not often when an employer defends a FLSA lawsuit by asserting that it is in an illegal business and therefore immune to suit. Sound funny? Well, that is precisely what a Colorado employer that furnishes security services to legal cannabis growers/sellers has pressed on the Tenth Circuit. The employer’s theory is that the

Jack Praetzellis writes:

Green California Vector IllustrationCalifornia law requires all contracts to have a “lawful object”.  Previously, this posed a problem for contracts involving cannabis since cannabis-related contracts are largely unlawful under federal law.  On January 1, 2018, California enacted Civil Code Section 1550.5. That Code Section explicitly states that cannabis-related contracts have a lawful

As I’ve posted before, here and here, Florida has struggled with its roll out of Amendment Two (medical marijuana) with delays in issuing licenses, processing patient i.d. cards, etc.

Now comes news that Tetra Health Company, a California based company which quickly opened several medical marijuana clinics in Florida, is now, just a

Venture capital is playing a growing role in the country’s emerging legal cannabis industry. Attorneys Emily J. Yukich and Matthew R. Kittay of Fox Rothschild’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice will conduct a panel discussion with industry insiders during the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s annual meeting in Chicago.

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Cannabis business owners in California should take note if they are unaware that Proposition 65 applies to them.  Among other requirements, Proposition 65 (aka the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986) requires that businesses refrain from knowingly and intentionally exposing individuals to any of the chemicals contained on a state-published list of

In November 2016, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved, with more than 70% voting yes, expanded medical marijuana by passing Amendment 2.

Now comes the tough work of implementing Amendment 2.  One bill, Florida Senate Bill 614, proposes to throw out the current medical marijuana system (created in 2015 to grow, process and distribute low-THC