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 has also represented numerous clients in applying for state-issued licenses to operate marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary businesses.
More than half of the states in America have legalized cannabis for medical use, and more than 20% of the states have legalized cannabis for recreational use. Christopher has represented marijuana clients in many of the states that have passed legislation legalizing cannabis (medical or recreational). He understands the complexities and challenges involved in representing startup companies or less established businesses, as is the case for most of the state-legal marijuana industry. Christopher has the knowledge, understanding and experience necessary to advise clients through the myriad challenges navigating state laws and local government rules and regulations, specifically the conflicts between the state laws that have legalized cannabis (whether medical or recreational), and federal law, in which the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, possession and consumption of cannabis and cannabis-infused products is illegal. He has also represented clients attempting to navigate through the regulatory landscape that resulted from the federal government’s legalization of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill including continuing hemp operations under the 2014 Farm Bill, creation of compliance policies and procedures under the 2018 Farm Bill, and issues related to the interstate transportation of hemp.
Because of his experience in the hemp and state-legal cannabis industries, Christopher has been frequently quoted by Marijuana Business Daily on a variety of marijuana-related topics. He was also quoted by the Los Angeles Daily News with respect to securities offerings in the cannabis industry. In December 2018, Christopher was included on the “250 Cannabis Law Experts” list published by the Databird Research Journal, which recognized 250 individuals “shaping this fast-growing [cannabis] space.” He has been recognized as a Rising Star with Minnesota Super Lawyers since 2007 and is currently teaching a cannabis-law course at Doane University in Nebraska. He is also a frequent contributor to Minnesota Attorney at Law Magazine on topics related to Minnesota’s medical cannabis industry and has written numerous other articles and made numerous presentations on hemp and cannabis-related topics.
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