Cannabis Law

As a full-service law firm with a long history of representing businesses in highly regulated industries, we provide a clear understanding of the wide range of laws and regulations in this evolving industry.

The cannabis industry offers exciting opportunities as well as potential challenges for established businesses and startups in New York State. In this rapidly growing industry, HSE attorneys leverage years of relevant experience and a full spectrum of counsel to provide sophisticated and trusted legal services.

We have a long history of successfully representing businesses in highly regulated industries and are well qualified to counsel clients across many sectors impacted by the cannabis industry. For decades we have helped clients navigate federal and New York State regulatory agencies, including the State Liquor Authority and Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, under which the Office of Cannabis Management falls. We have assisted with entity formation, streamlining the licensing process, trade practices, tax implications, and more. For many clients we take care of all the necessary forms and obstacles, so they can focus on what they do best — running their business.

The members of Harter Secrest & Emery’s Cannabis Law team come from a combination of practice areas, including alcohol beverage, government affairs, health care, higher education, intellectual property, land use and zoning, labor and employment, real estate, and tax. Our full-service approach and knowledge provide reliable counsel to developers, entrepreneurs and start-up entities, investors, growers, processors, distributors, and retailers in this evolving industry.

Our Experience:
  • Licensing and regulatory compliance

  • Entity formation and restructuring

  • Corporate and financing transactions

  • Labor and employment, including union campaigns

  • University research opportunities

  • Real estate, land use and zoning

  • Government advocacy and lobbying

  • Intellectual property protection

  • Health care and long-term care regulations

  • Tax planning and strategy

  • Litigation and investigations

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This website presents only general information not intended as legal advice. Although we encourage calls, letters and emails from prospective clients, please keep in mind that merely contacting Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Confidential information should not be sent to HSE until you have been notified in writing by HSE that a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Information sent to us before then may not be treated as confidential by HSE or the court.

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