Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers Directory 2021/22

Welcome to the 2nd Edition of the Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers 2021/2022.

We have compiled, the lawyers we believe, to be the top  200 cannabis practitioners from around the world via our survey of clients in the sector and our personal editorial decisions based on our reporting of the industry on a daily basis  for the past five years. Read More…

Thankyou, Sean Hocking – Editor: The Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers


Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers – Plus 2021/2022


João Taborda da Gama – Gama Gloria

João Taborda da Gama – Gama Gloria

João Gama is a founding partner of Gama Glória, a law firm based in Lisbon, and a senior advisor of the Albright Stonebridge Group, in Washington DC. João advises global companies, governments, patients and NGOs on the regulation, use, production and trade of controlled substances in medical, religious, spiritual or recreational contexts. João has successfully advised companies obtaining licenses to cultivate GACP medical cannabis and to produce GMP medical cannabis ...
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Rod Kight - Kight on Cannabis

Rod Kight – Kight on Cannabis

Rod is a cannabis business law attorney. He represents legal cannabis businesses throughout the world and is editor and chief writer of the Kight On Cannabis law blog (www.kightoncannabis.com). Rod is the author of “Cannabis Business Law-What You Need to Know”, published by Aspatore Books in August 2015. Rod is on the advisory board for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine, for which he also writes a legal column. Rod ...
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Daniel Haymann -  MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

Daniel Haymann – MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

Daniel Haymann heads MLL’s cannabis practice. He specializes in corporate and commercial law as well as on regulatory matters in the cannabis industry and advises investors, start-ups and vertically integrated companies along the value chain. Prior to embarking on a second career as an attorney, Daniel gained over 12 years of experience in the trading, mining, energy and related industries based out of Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong, working for ...
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Veronica Darling - Cultiva Law

Veronica Darling – Cultiva Law

Veronica is a Pacific Northwest native with over a decade of experience in strategic business planning, complex commercial litigation and regulatory compliance. Over the last four years, she has become intimately involved in navigating the Oregon cannabis regulatory landscape, serving as compliance and regulatory counsel for a local cannabis processor. Prior to returning to Portland in 2015, Veronica represented numerous municipalities and public entities throughout California in various regulatory and ...
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Ted Bernhard - Cultiva Law

Ted Bernhard – Cultiva Law

Ted Bernhard is a seasoned business, securities, tax and regulatory compliance attorney with a professional career spanning over two decades.   He began his legal career with one of the largest and most prominent law firms in the Pacific Northwest and joined Cultiva Law to continue serving entrepreneurs, businesses and private equity investors. Ted’s specialty is in applying proven business and legal principles to new businesses pursuing innovative market opportunities. Specifically, ...
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Ariel Clark – Clark Howell

Ariel Clark – Clark Howell

Ariel Clark is one of California’s best and most dedicated cannabis business attorneys. For over a decade, Ariel has been in the trenches of cannabis law and policy in order to effectively advise legacy operators and entrepreneurs. Her clients are California born-and-bred farmers, cutting-edge manufacturers, multi-state operators, and highly successful investors and innovators. When the idea of cannabis business law was considered an oxymoron, she committed her practice exclusively to ...
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Heidi Urness - Heidi Urness Law, PLLC

Heidi Urness – Heidi Urness Law, PLLC

Heidi Urness has developed a national reputation as a skillful, tenacious, and results-focused attorney for successfully representing and advising a wide range of marijuana and hemp companies, licensees, investors, and more. Born and raised in Chicago, Heidi attended Wake Forest University and the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she won awards for both outstanding writing and oral argument skills. Upon graduation, Heidi cut her teeth in the Superior and ...
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Dr. Atthachai Homhuan  –  Tilleke & Gibbins

Dr. Atthachai Homhuan – Tilleke & Gibbins

As director of the regulatory affairs department at Tilleke & Gibbins, Dr. Atthachai Homhuan leads the firm’s cannabis team. He helps life sciences, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and biotechnology companies understand Thailand’s ongoing legal reforms for cannabis business activities, and advises some of the world’s leading cannabis companies on a wide range of business operations and strategy for product registrations, technology transfer, IP transactions, trade secrets, partnerships, corporate structuring, R&D, and ...
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Gil Rosenthal  - Kutak Rock

Gil Rosenthal – Kutak Rock

Gil Rosenthal is co-chair of Kutak Rock's National Cannabis Group. Since 2013, Gil has used his broad expertise to advise clients in the marijuana industry nationally and in Colorado on regulatory issues, intellectual property, tax, employment and other general corporate issues. His clients include medical and retail cultivators and distributors, manufacturers of marijuana-infused products, marijuana technology companies including fintech-related businesses, real estate owners and investors and family office investors. Of ...
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Dustin Robinson

Dustin Robinson

Dustin Robinson is the Founding Partner of Mr. Cannabis Law – a full-service law firm exclusively focused on the hemp, marijuana, and psychedelic industries. Dustin is licensed in Florida as an Attorney, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Real Estate Agent. He focuses his practice on providing legal, accounting, financial, and business consultation to various businesses operating in the hemp, marijuana, and psychedelic industries. Dustin has worked at one of ...
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Kai-Friedrich Niermann

Kai-Friedrich Niermann

Kai has been a business and corporate lawyer in Germany since 2003, gaining wide range of experiences in the process. He is very familiar with the interconnectivity between national and European regulations, especially in regard to consumer protection, product safety and emerging new cannabis products. He has engaged in advocacy relating to cannabis beginning in early stages of his studies at Philipps University Marburg when the German Supreme Court ruled ...
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David Feldman – Hiller P.C.

David Feldman – Hiller P.C.

David N. Feldman is a partner in the prominent boutique law firm of Hiller PC in New York. He is also CEO and co-founder of the cannabis and psychedelics consulting firm Skip Intro Advisors LLC. His law practice focuses on corporate and securities matters and general representation of public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and high net worth individuals. He also actively advises on mergers and acquisitions ...
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Sarah Lee - Gossett Parrish

Sarah Lee – Gossett Parrish

Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish (www.slgparrishlaw.com) is a third-generation attorney. She has achieved Martindale-Hubbel’s highest AV Preeminent™ rating for peer and judicial review, and has been selected to the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™. The National Law Journal named Sarah Lee one of its 2019 Cannabis Trailblazers, and her law firm was voted the Top Cannabis Business Law Firm in the State of Oklahoma in The Journal Record’s 2020 and 2021 ...
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Peerapan Tungsuwan - Baker & McKenzie

Peerapan Tungsuwan – Baker & McKenzie

Peerapan is Head of the Healthcare & Life Sciences and co-leads the M&A Practice Group at Baker McKenzie in Thailand. Peerapan is one of the very first practitioners in Thailand to advise market leading cannabis and hemp companies as well as Thai conglomerates with their venture into the medical cannabis and hemp business. Peerapan's long experience in the healthcare and life sciences industry and risk exposure in this heavily regulated ...
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Steven F. Groce

Steven F. Groce

Member of the Missouri Bar, the Texas Bar, and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court Juries Doctorate (JD) Law, University of Missouri, at Kansas City - Graduated 1984 36 years Experience in Criminal Defense. Practice primarily devoted to DWI (Alcohol and/or Drug) Intoxication, including Cannabis; and also Defending all Cannabis related cases, for Possession, Cultivation, Distribution, etc. Practice covers entire State of Missouri. Memberships Life member Attorney for ...
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Tom Zuber - Zuber Lawler LLP

Tom Zuber – Zuber Lawler LLP

Tom Zuber is a founder and the Managing Partner of Zuber Lawler. Zuber Lawler represents clients throughout the world from offices in Austin, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and Silicon Valley. Zuber Lawler represents clients most often on the areas of M&A, finance and other deals; IPOs; intellectual property; FDA, import/export, bankruptcy, and other regulatory work; and litigation and investigations. Zuber Lawler’s attorneys work in languages covering 90% ...
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Robert Jappie – Ince Gordon Dadds LLP

Robert Jappie – Ince Gordon Dadds LLP

Robert Jappie is a Partner at Ince, specialising in Cannabis Law and Regulation. Since he led the UK’s first dedicated Cannabis Law department in May 2018, Robert has become a well-respected legal expert within Europe’s fast-growing cannabis industries. He currently acts for several established CBD brands, Licensed Producers, Medicinal Cannabis companies and distributors, advising on the full range of regulatory and commercial issues facing the sector. As a result, Robert ...
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Neil M. Kaufman - Kaufman McGowan PLLC

Neil M. Kaufman – Kaufman McGowan PLLC

Neil M. Kaufman is the managing member of Kaufman McGowan PLLC, Corporate & Securities Counsel to the Cannabis Industry™ and one of the leading corporate cannabis lawyers in New York and the USA.  He combines over 37 years of practicing corporate and securities law at the highest levels with 6+ years of extensive cannabis industry experience.  Mr. Kaufman represents a wide variety of cannabis companies (including several of the largest ...
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Ricardo Costa Macedo - Caiado Guerreiro

Ricardo Costa Macedo – Caiado Guerreiro

Ricardo Costa Macedo is a partner at Caiado Guerreiro since 2006. He heads the Intellectual Property and Life Sciences groups of the firm. His practice covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious patent, trademark and other IP-related rights, such as trade secrets and unfair competition, in particular in the pharmaceutical, home care, food and insurance sectors. Moreover, he has vast knowledge in regulatory matters in these sectors. Recognition As ...
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Gregory S. Kaufman - Eversheds Sutherland

Gregory S. Kaufman – Eversheds Sutherland

Greg Kaufman is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Eversheds Sutherland.  Mr. Kaufman’s practice focuses on regulatory counseling, investigations and litigation.  Greg co-founded and co-leads Eversheds Sutherland’s Cannabis Industry Team serving cannabis and hemp clients.  His clients include single license holders, multi-state operators, CPG companies and service providers to the cannabis industry.  Mr. Kaufman advises on a broad range of issues relating to cannabis including, permitting/licensing, regulatory ...
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Chris Parrington - Kutak Rock

Chris Parrington – Kutak Rock

Christopher Parrington is Co-Chair of Kutak Rock’s National Cannabis and Hemp Practice Groups. Since 2014, Christopher has been actively involved in representing businesses and business owners in the hemp and state-legal cannabis industries throughout the U.S. He represents hemp and cannabis clients in matters related to business formation, corporate compliance, regulatory compliance, labor and employment, real estate, financial services, mergers and acquisitions, FDA labeling compliance, due diligence and investments. Christopher ...
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Robert Becher - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Robert Becher – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Rob has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes business litigation and arbitration matters for over twenty years. He is the Chair of Quinn Emanuel’s Cannabis Litigation Practice Group.  Rob has represented cannabis clients involved in retail, cultivation, and private equity as well as CEOs, founders and corporate directors.  Rob has successfully litigated all types of business disputes, including shareholder litigation, directors and officers litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, private ...
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Mio Asami - Cultiva Law

Mio Asami – Cultiva Law

Mio Asami, born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, grew up sharing time between the United States and Tokyo, Japan. Following an unconventional path, she possesses a background in transactional business law, intellectual property law, and videography. Mio is a licensed attorney in California with a focus on the Los Angeles, aiding businesses navigate licensure and development in an emerging industry. In her legal practice, Mio’s focus is the ...
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Aaron Pelley – Cultiva Law

Aaron Pelley – Cultiva Law

Aaron Pelley is a veritable celebrity in both his achievements as a lawyer, and advocate of cannabis business for over a decade. Having made sizable contributions to the foundation of legal protections surrounding medicinal cannabis law, his passion in this new realm of law drove him forward. This saw the creation of Cultiva and the subsequent creation of a boutique law firm that lies on the pulse of current cannabis ...
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Spence Flatgard  - Watkins & Eager

Spence Flatgard – Watkins & Eager

Spence Flatgard drafted Mississippi’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment which was adopted by 74% of voters, the largest vote for a constitutional amendment in state history. The Mississippi Supreme Court subsequently overturned the vote citing a flaw in Mississippi’s initiative process but the language of Initiative 65 is the currently the basis for legislation to enact the state’s program.  As the general counsel for the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association, Spence is coordinating ...
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Rachel Gillette - Holland & Hart

Rachel Gillette – Holland & Hart

A leading cannabis-focused lawyer, Rachel helps clients nationwide proactively plan and implement strategies to capitalize on strategic business opportunities. At the vanguard of the retail marijuana industry, Rachel leverages more than a decade of experience guiding clients to establish, expand, and protect profitable businesses in a rapidly-evolving legal, regulatory, and financial environment. From years of interacting with regulators and taxing authorities Rachel knows how state and local provisions will be ...
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Janet E. Jackim - Zuber Lawler LLP

Janet E. Jackim – Zuber Lawler LLP

Janet Jackim, who received the AV-Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, focuses on real estate acquisitions and leasing; equity and debt financing; loan workouts; and cannabis acquisitions, dispositions, and other deals.  Ms. Jackim supplements her legal insight with advanced technical, operational and financial acumen particular to the cannabis industry. Her problem-solving creativity aids in resolving complex issues for her rapidly-expanding cannabis clients. Ms. Jackim is particularly well-versed in the cannabis space.  She ...
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Richard Y. Cheng - Weaver Johnston Nelson, PLLC

Richard Y. Cheng – Weaver Johnston Nelson, PLLC

Richard developed a cannabis regulatory and corporate practice starting in late 2013, after practicing as a healthcare regulatory and corporate attorney since 2006. As a leading cannabis attorney, Richard served as outside general counsel to the Texas Cannabis Industry Association, co-authored an American Health Law Association book titled “Health Care and the Business of Cannabis” and co-authored a FDA primer in preparation for the 2019 FDA public hearing on CBD ...
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Christopher McCabe - McCabe Law

Christopher McCabe – McCabe Law

In 2014, Chris founded McCabe Law, LLC, he is one of the most experienced and well-regarded cannabis law attorneys in the country and serves clients locally and worldwide.  Chris' practice focuses exclusively and intensely on cannabis law and policy in Maine.  Chris works with businesses, investors, and governments involved or interested in the blossoming medical marijuana, adult-use (a.k.a. recreational) marijuana, and hemp industries.  Chris handles cannabis-related projects in compliance, policy ...
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John D. Fanburg - Brach Eichler LLC

John D. Fanburg – Brach Eichler LLC

Chair, Healthcare Law - Co-Chair, Cannabis Law John D. Fanburg has more than 30 years of experience in health and hospital law, with an emphasis on corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters for physicians and health care institutions. A recognized leader in this sector, John is known for excellence in transactions, perseverance in deal-making, and strength in corporate, M&A, and regulatory matters. His broad experience representing major hospitals, diverse medical groups, ...
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Tisha Black – Black & Wadhams

Tisha Black – Black & Wadhams

Tisha Black is the Managing Partner at Black & Wadhams. Ms. Black has been an active participant and counselor in the Nevada marijuana industry since 2014.  She has been, and continues to be, active in the Nevada State Medical and Recreational Cannabis Program and participate in the legislative process. She works with cannabis business entrepreneurs (in each class of certification) regarding application submission, structure, establishment, financing, compliance, mergers and acquisitions ...
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Shannett Thompson - Kingsley Napley LLP

Shannett Thompson – Kingsley Napley LLP

Shannett Thompson is a Partner in the Regulatory team at Kingsley Napley LLP. She acts for health and social care professionals involved in regulatory proceedings, including representing doctors in respect of investigations by the GMC. She also advises healthcare businesses and care home providers on their regulatory obligations. She is one of the firm’s experts on cannabis regulation and private prosecutions. Cases Advised a start-up company in relation to obtaining ...
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Alexander Buscher - Buscher Law LLC

Alexander Buscher – Buscher Law LLC

Alex Buscher founded Buscher Law in November 2018 after helping to inform Congress of then-current regulation classifying commercial hemp an illegal Schedule I substance under federal law and the laws of most states. Seeing the massive need for diligent, effective, and efficient legal services for the hemp industry, Buscher law was formed. Buscher is at the forefront of the evolving legal cannabis field through his work with the Colorado General ...
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Samantha Myers – Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Samantha Myers – Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Samantha is a partner in Gowling WLG's Corporate Group and is head of the firm's UK Cannabis Group. She specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. With extensive experience of acting for companies, or their advisers, on IPOs and secondary transactions, Samantha regularly advises on a range of domestic and cross border M&A transactions, including public takeovers. She also has significant experience in a range of ...
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Donald E. Gies, III  - Gies Law Firm

Donald E. Gies, III – Gies Law Firm

Donald E. Gies, III is an Oklahoma licensed attorney, focusing primarily on cannabis law - representing hundreds of patients, growers, processors, and dispensaries in a range of matters across the state. Donald formed Gies Law Firm in the back of a dispensary in a storage room and quickly expanded t o several attorneys with multiple office locations by parlaying his extensive experience within San Francisco Bay area medical marijuana industry ...
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Peter Homberg – Dentons

Peter Homberg – Dentons

Peter Homberg is a partner in the Dentons Berlin office. He focuses on life sciences, IP, corporate law and M&A transactions in the life sciences and high-tech sector as well as in R&D and cooperation agreements, cross-border IP licensing and IP strategies. Furthermore, he has extensive experience providing legal advice on compliance issues. Additionally, he is the head of the European Cannabis sector group. Peter advises inter alia companies in ...
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Paul-Michael Keichel - Schindlers Attorneys and Founder and Director of Greenhouse Project

Paul-Michael Keichel – Schindlers Attorneys and Founder and Director of Greenhouse Project

Paul-Michael (“PM”) has been admitted as an Attorney of the High Court, South Africa, since 2013, when he accepted the brief of the now-famous “Dagga Couple” to assist them in decriminalising cannabis use, possession and trade in the country. Apart from this landmark human rights work, he continues to practice as a general and commercial litigator for Schindlers Attorneys in Johannesburg. With its genesis in a cannabis assignment, as written ...
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Steve Malito - Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, LLP

Steve Malito – Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, LLP

Steve Malito is the Chair of DHC’s New York State Government Relations group which focuses on all aspects of government relations on the New York State level. The group represents a broad array of clients ranging from Fortune 500 technology companies and the film industry to not-for-profits, including universities, social services agencies, statewide trade associations, as well as clients in the banking, insurance and transportation industries. Under Mr. Malito’s leadership, ...
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Cannabis Lawyers – Commended Listings


Karen Albence – Cultiva Law

Karen Albence – Cultiva Law

Karen Albence practices in the state of California for Cultiva Law and has cases and vast experience in numerous counties all over California. She also has litigated and is licensed to practice in Hawaii. Karen concentrates in litigation, and is experienced in all phases of civil and commercial litigation. However, she also has many years of experience in other litigation areas that relate to the unique area of cannabis law ...
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Katia Alcantar – Cultiva Law

Katia Alcantar – Cultiva Law

Katia is a cannabis business litigator representing clients as plaintiffs and defendants in disputes concerning contracts, commercial leases, and business torts. She has litigated in state and federal courts, before arbitrators, and on appeal. Katia has a proven track record resolving disputes inside and outside of the courtroom, consistently getting favorable results for her clients. Before joining Cultiva Law’s Portland office, Katia was a start-up founder who was engaged in the Portland, Seattle, and ...
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Lisa Pittman – Zuber Lawler LLP

Lisa Pittman – Zuber Lawler LLP

Lisa Pittman focuses on litigation and regulatory compliance. Throughout Ms. Pittman’s 20-year career, she has litigated and tried disputes relating to labor & employment, breach of contract, commercial banking, fraud, fiduciary duty, construction defect and injury, deceptive trade practices, premises liability, professional liability, and products liability. She also possesses extensive expertise in complex commercial insurance coverage matters, having both defended insurance companies and advocated for policy holders in commercial property, ...
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Fabiola Jimenez – Cultiva Law

Fabiola Jimenez – Cultiva Law

Fabiola “Fabi” Jimenez, is a Washington state native, with connections spanning Marysville to Walla Walla. With a background in corporate transactions, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and marketing, she brings her immense expertise to help clients during every stage of business development, growth and change. She aids her clients with issues regarding privacy, restricted product development, cannabis and CBD branding, and general business strategy for cannabis and CBD companies. Fabi graduated ...
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M. Allen Hopper

M. Allen Hopper

Allen Hopper is an experienced litigator, consultant and policy expert with deep substantive knowledge of federal, state and local cannabis laws and regulations. Mr. Hopper advises and represents cannabis businesses seeking to navigate cannabis laws and regulations, as well as local governments and officials tasked with crafting and implementing them. His Law and Consulting Practice is based in Santa Cruz and San Jose, serving clients in Santa Cruz and Monterey ...
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