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Longstanding Success

Since 2004, Oakland-based Wendel Rosen has helped clients navigate California’s cannabis laws, including advising the largest contract manufacturer of extracted products in the state.  More recently, the firm has represented clients in the newly-legalized hemp industry.  In 2018, California kicked-off cannabis legalization and the federal government decriminalized hemp. The laws governing both industries are still a work in progress, however, and Wendel Rosen’s experience remains invaluable.

An Expanding Need for Wendel Rosen’s Expertise

By 2020, California cannabis and hemp are expected to be multi-billion dollar industries. This rapid expansion has generated the need for legal services not only related to regulatory compliance and entity formation, but also to business transactions, intellectual property protections and financing – all areas in which Wendel Rosen excels.

Complete Services for Unique Industries

Wendel Rosen’s breadth of business law expertise ideally positions the firm to advise cannabis and hemp clients during this pivotal time. As a full-service business law firm, Wendel Rosen is equipped to handle the needs of established and new enterprises. The firm’s attorneys provide all the legal services that every business needs, but they also understand unique challenges faced by cannabis and hemp clients in areas that include:

  • Permitting and Compliance
  • Real Estate
  • Investment and Financing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Packaging and Labeling
  • Tax

 

Real Estate Transactions
  • Representing numerous landlords across California in lease transactions with cannabis operators
  • Advising multiple cannabis business tenants across California in lease transactions with landlords, including a master-tenant developer renovating a 140,000 square-foot circa-1944 publicly-owned warehouse
Permitting/Land use/Compliance
  • Serving as outside general counsel for a fully-integrated cannabis company whose value is estimated at $125 million, including assisting in obtaining permits licenses, real estate transactions, contracts, financing and environmental issues
  • Representing multiple cannabis operators across California seeking cannabis permits and licenses
  • Representing retail operators in permitting-related litigation against the Cities of Stockton and San Diego
 Corporate Formation/Financing/Mergers and Acquisition
  • Advising a California cannabis company licensed for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and retail in its $10 million Series A Preferred Stock offering
  • Advising a Canadian public company on due diligence and licensing matters in its $30 million acquisition of a California cannabis manufacturing and distribution company
  • Counseled manufacturer of grow containers on entity structure, capitalization, and transfer of intellectual property
  • Advised multiple startup cannabis companies on entity selection and structure, taking into consideration 280E tax issues and tax liability
Commercial Transactions and Matters
  • Advised operators in creating distribution agreements, purchase agreements, strategic partnership agreements, and other commercial transactions
  • Assisting manufacturer of electric pipes on employment matters, creating an equity incentive plan, and general corporate matters
Litigation
  • Obtained full dismissal with award of costs for cultivator sued for unfair business practices by competitor
  • Defending landowner who terminated purchase agreement with manufacturer buyer
  • Defending landlord sued for unfair business practices relating to tenant’s illegal cultivation
  • Negotiated restoration of utilities service to landlord whose tenant left considerable unpaid utilities balance

 

publications

What Are Landlords Thinking?

What Are Landlords Thinking?

07/18/2019 | National Retail Tenants Association

[This article was originally published in the National Retail Tenants Association publication “Tenants In-Common” in July 2019.] Ever wonder just what landlords are thinking? I know I have. Probably most…

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Planning Commission Meeting to Discuss Draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan

Planning Commission Meeting to Discuss Draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan

01/23/2019 | Client Update

The City of Oakland recently published a Preliminary Draft Plan, which is the first step in an effort to develop a specific plan for Downtown Oakland, defined as the area…

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What Lies Ahead for Legal and Legislative Developments in 2019

What Lies Ahead for Legal and Legislative Developments in 2019

01/09/2019 | mg Magazine

On January 9, 2019, mg Magazine published an article co-written by Wendel Rosen attorneys Rob Selna and Mia Butera. Their article contemplates changes happening at the federal level, as well…

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Date Category Publication Title
07/06/2017 Publication Marijuana Venture Gold Rush for Cannabis Trademarks
04/20/2017 Publication Josh Cohen Ethics Committee Blocks Judges From Joining California Cannabis Gold Rush
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03/28/2017 Publication Cannabis Practice Cannabis Insurance Presents Tough Choices
01/20/2017 Publication William C. Acevedo Cannabis Banking _ (Perhaps) There Is An App For That
05/19/2016 Publication Robert Selna Oakland’s New Medical Cannabis Regulations

Events

Current Topics in Planning Law – from Cannabis to the Fast Track

Current Topics in Planning Law – from Cannabis to the Fast Track

11/15/2019 | American Planning Association California Chapter Northern

Join attorneys Robert Selna and Amara Morrison who will present the webinar, “Current Topics in Planning Law – from Cannabis to the Fast Track,” on Friday, November 15, 2019 from…

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California Hemp Expo

California Hemp Expo

11/05/2019 | California Hemp Expo

Join Cannabis Practice Group Chair and Attorney Rob Selna, who’s firm is a proud sponsor at the California Hemp Expo on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Fresno, CA. The Expo will be…

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Cannabis Section Movie Night: Weed the People

Cannabis Section Movie Night: Weed the People

09/18/2019 | Alameda County Bar Association

Sponsored by the ACBA Cannabis Section and Wendel Rosen LLP who will provide light refreshments Cannabis has been off-limits to doctors and researchers in the US for the past 80 years, but…

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News

Rob Selna Reviews Changes to California Hemp Industry

Rob Selna Reviews Changes to California Hemp Industry

11/05/2019 | California Ag Today

In his byline article for California Ag Today, Partner Robert W. Selna offers a look into the California hemp industry and the recent state and federal laws that have impacted…

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Karen Balderama Explores What the Cannabis Industry Can Learn from the DotCom Bubble

Karen Balderama Explores What the Cannabis Industry Can Learn from the DotCom Bubble

10/29/2019 | Cannabis Business Executive

In her byline article for Cannabis Business Executive titled “Lessons for the Cannabis Industry from the Dot-Com Bubble,” Wendel Rosen Attorney Karen Balderama takes a glimpse back at the tech…

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The Rising Tides of Consolidation and M&A

The Rising Tides of Consolidation and M&A

10/18/2019 | Marijuana Venture

In their byline article for Marijuana Venture titled “The Rising Tides of Consolidation and M&A,” attorneys Karen Balderama and Mia Butera discuss how 2019 has brought in a massive amount…

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Date Category Publication Title
07/10/2019 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Elevates Robert W. Selna to Partner, Continues to Activate Firmwide Growth
05/21/2019 News CNBC  California Senate Passes Legislation to Create State-Chartered Cannabis Banks
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10/01/2018 News National Law Journal  Cannabis Trailblazers 2018
08/09/2018 News San Francisco Chronicle  Cannabis Entrepreneur’s Green Business has Oakland Bureaucracy Blues
02/16/2018 News Joshua Cohen  Register Your California Cannabis Trademarks Now
12/15/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  How Will the Feds Respond?
12/14/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  How Will the Federal Government Respond to Legal Retail Marijuana in California?
09/08/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Cannabiz Hits New Roadblock
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08/28/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Bay Area Cannabis Businesses, Expecting a Boom, Struggle to Lease Retail Space
08/02/2017 News Daily Journal  Catch Up with Byzantine Cannabis Regulations
07/16/2017 News San Francisco Chronicle  Oakland Begins Foray Into Equalizing Cannabis Industry
03/31/2017 News San Francisco Business Times  Oakland’s Cannabis Rules Go Up in Smoke
03/14/2017 News San Francisco Chronicle  Oakland’s Misguided Marijuana Rules
01/29/2017 News San Francisco Chronicle  Oakland Race and Equity Official Reviews Cannabis Industry
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