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Sheppard Mullin’s Cannabis Industry Team helps cannabis and ancillary businesses, including hemp CBD-based or infused products companies, with issues related to legal cannabis business activities, including regulatory compliance, raising and deploying capital, banking and finance, accounting control and anti-money laundering compliance, real estate development and leasing, litigation, intellectual property, public company representation and SEC filings, land use and zoning, investigations and taxation. 

As the industry has grown, Sheppard Mullin attorneys experienced in cannabis-related issues frequently advise clients in other sectors whose businesses intersect with the cannabis industry, including real estate development, banking and financing, insurance and employment.

The growth of the cannabis industry necessitates well-informed, agile legal counsel capable of navigating the gauntlet of federal, state and local laws and regulations governing this emerging sector. Featuring members from nearly every practice group, Sheppard Mullin’s Cannabis team is poised to help the firm serve current clients and new clients including retailers, processors, growers, investors, and ancillary businesses participate in this booming industry.

  • Media planning, buying, and analytics
  • Endorsements/Sponsorships
  • Licensing
  • Mobile and e-commerce
  • Brand protection and co-branding
  • Capital formation activities
  • Partnership and operating agreements
  • Domestic and cross-border financing transactions
  • Initial public offerings
  • Public company filings
  • Banking and finance
  • Commercial contracts
  • Licensing agreements
Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks and patents
  • Licensing agreements
Labor and Employment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Employment counseling and agreements
  • Commercial
  • Products Liability
  • Prop 65
  • Website and app development
  • Regulatory compliance including GDPR and CCPA
  • Crafting and implementing terms and conditions in privacy and data security policies
  • Data breach preparation and incident response
  • Privacy counseling for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliance formations
Real Estate and Construction of Facilities
  • Zoning and land use
  • Licensing and permitting
  • Leasing and landlord/tenant matters
  • Civil forfeiture risk
  • Environmental issues related to water and the disposal of hazardous waste and materials
Regulatory Compliance
  • Premarket product review and approval strategies
  • Product safety issues
  • Ingredient review
  • State compliance assistance
  • Federal and state planning and advice
  • IRS Section 280E
  • Tax audits
White Collar
  • Anti-money Laundering and accounting controls
  • Investigations and compliance
  • White paper and risk analysis


  • Alumina Partners LLC
  • Amarantus BioScience Holdings, Inc.
  • Antler Retail Inc.
  • Arise Bioscience
  • Baker Technologies, Inc.
  • California Extraction Ventures, Inc.
  • Calyx Growth
  • Calyx PG Holdings
  • Canadian Imperial Venture Corp.
  • Cannelure Partners LLC
  • Critical Mass Industries, LLC
  • Grander Distribution, LLC
  • GrowGeneration Corp.
  • Hightimes Holding Corp.
  • Holistic Industries
  • iAnthus Capital Management, LLC
  • Inconic Brands, Inc.
  • Island Global Holdings
  • Josh D Farms
  • Jetty Extracts
  • Jushi, Inc.
  • Kite Extractions
  • MassRoots
  • Mextraction LLC
  • NEwhere Inc.
  • NiaMedic Healthcare and Research LTD
  • OutCo Labs, Inc.
  • PDX Industrial Investments, LLC
  • Sweetwater Canyon Development, LLC
  • The 42nd Group, Inc.
  • The Inception Companies, LLC
  • The Yield Growth Corp.
  • TILT Holdings, Inc.
  • Uniqorn Capital Investments LLC
  • Unique Innovations Corp.
  • Vitalibis, Inc.

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