We have been at the forefront of the medical and adult-use cannabis industry since the very early stages of its regulation and legalization across the U.S.

At the Industry Forefront

Our Cannabis group is comprised of attorneys across practice groups, spanning multiple offices with unique insight and experience to assist cannabis and cannabis-related operators with all aspects of their business. We also represent both buyers and sellers of cannabis businesses as well as investors. Our practice is national and international in scope, as we represent cannabis clients in transactions in a variety of states and Canada.  

We also advise clients regarding industrial hemp and CBD products, and have extensive experience advising companies that are interested in providing ancillary services to cannabis companies.

Our practice includes former prosecutors who advise businesses with the risks inherent in working with the cannabis industry and compliance practices that businesses can adopt.  We have advised clients in the legal, lobbying, financial services and accounting fields.


Areas of Focus

Medical and adult-use cannabis businesses face a complex set of federal and state laws and regulations that apply to cultivation, processing and dispensing cannabis, as well as to ancillary services. Lawyers in Foley Hoag’s Cannabis Practice have assisted both public and private cannabis companies with:
  • major mergers and acquisitions
  • formation of cannabis funds
  • corporation formation, early stage company issues, and other business counseling
  • winning competitive licenses at the state and local level
  • all phases of state and local permitting
  • regulatory compliance
  • government and public strategies
  • real estate transactions
  • intellectual property matters, including registration and defense of trademarks
  • banking and finance issues
  • FDA and FTC compliance and legislative interaction
  • business and investor disputes
  • employment matters
  • labor relations and union organizing

Our Experience

Awards & Accolades

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