Guiding You Through the Establishment & Growth of Your Cannabis Business

Don’t think of us as cannabis attorneys; think of us as skilled business and litigation attorneys that have the necessary knowledge and experience within the cannabis industry to help you reach your goals. Moye White can provide you with the legal guidance necessary to grow your business, whether you’re a startup, a multi-state operator, or a multinational corporation. 

Our attorneys collaborate to provide proactive and integrated strategies in all aspects of business operations, including corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, intellectual property, tax, and regulatory matters for marijuana and hemp businesses across the country, no matter the size of your operation.
When it comes to marijuana and hemp, it’s more than just an industry. We know that the passion and dedication that you have put towards your business is everything. At Moye White, we use that same passion and dedication to provide effective business solutions that lead to smart growth.

Corporate/Business Service Offerings

Moye White covers a broad range of areas within cannabis law, serving as a one-stop-shop for your business’s legal needs, including, but not limited to: 

  • Business formation and structuring;
  • USDA, FDA, and FTC compliance, including labeling;
  • Affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate transactions; 
  • Federal, state and local, regulatory compliance; 
  • Private placements, public securities offerings, and lending transactions;
  • Intellectual property counseling and trademark applications;
  • Executive compensation structuring and employee benefits;
  • Cross-jurisdictional considerations from the local to the international levels;
  • Supply chain considerations;
  • Risk-mitigation and management;
  • ESG/sustainability: environmental, social, and corporate governance policies and procedures;
  • International expansion;
  • Government and policymaking counsel; and
  • State and federal legislative and policy advocacy.

Our goal is to keep you out of the courtroom; however, when business disputes arise, you need experienced trial lawyers who know your business. As a leader in cannabis law, we have years of extensive experience negotiating shareholder and member disputes, breach of contract or fiduciary duties, and more. Navigating any business dispute can be complicated enough; having a team of litigators with cannabis experience is what you need to earn a favorable result.

Litigation Service Offerings

Running a business in the cannabis industry can have its challenges. At Moye White, we can help you with the following cannabis disputes or litigation matters:

  • Receiverships;
  • Membership/partnership disputes;
  • Cannabis securities litigation;
  • Commercial cannabis license disputes;
  • Lender litigation;
  • Land use and entitlement disputes; and
  • Employment disputes.

Marijuana Regulatory Issues

Finding success in an industry as complex as marijuana requires reliable, consistent legal support with a diverse portfolio to back it, which is precisely what Moye White provides. Our team has successfully assisted clients in securing merit-based licenses in several states, along with non-merit-based applications, and is well-experienced in navigating the many regulatory hurdles. As the cannabis industry grows and evolves, assisting clients in implementing a multi-state strategy is becoming increasingly important. Our team regularly assists clients through every step of the process, including forming a strong and effective plan for financing and valuation, applying for necessary licenses in a prepared and comprehensive manner, successfully operating a profitable and compliant business, managing risks, and more.

Hemp Regulatory Issues

Moye White understands and appreciates the changing nature of hemp legislation and the tremendous growth of the industry. We provide practical counsel in all aspects of our client’s business lifecycle, ranging from state and local regulatory, licensing and labeling compliance, customs import/export issues to federal (FDA and FTC) regulatory consideration, and more. Our team’s institutional understanding and depth of experience will help ensure regulatory compliance while also helping you navigate and succeed in a complex emerging industry.

You Know Your Business, We Know the Law

Although marijuana and hemp have their similarities, our attorneys at Moye White have a full understanding that each of them carries its own unique set of rules, laws, and regulations. From farm to table, whether you’re a cultivator, processor, product manufacturer, brand, or retailer/dispensary, turn to Moye White for thoughtful, creative, and strategic guidance.

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In its 2021 guide, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers and Partners ranked Moye White as a leading cannabis law firm in the United States.

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