Of course, but where? I’m not just talking about the corporate legal departments of large corporations. I’m also talking about independent cannabis lawyers who are clients or have worked with clients in various states that have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana.
The best cannabis lawyer is one who understands it all: state laws, federal law, local ordinances, criminal defense strategies for weed crimes (both possession and distribution), intellectual property issues (copyrighting your strain name; trademarking your logo; copyrighting photos of you using your own product), tax compliance (if you’re a producer or retailer)…the list goes on! These attorneys understand the ins-and-outs of this complex industry to ensure that their client isn’t blindsided by any adverse developments down the road.
What should be an easy process can turn into a nightmare when someone doesn’t get educated enough to make informed decisions regarding what they do business with. So if you don’t find out what these companies are up to before deciding whether or not to work with them, here’s some advice on choosing great lawyers for our industry at Marijuana Lawyer News Magazine: