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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

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

Wendel Rosen Elevates Robert W. Selna to Partner, Continues to Activate Firmwide Growth

Wendel Rosen Elevates Robert W. Selna to Partner, Continues to Activate Firmwide Growth

07/10/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, announces that Robert W. Selna has been elevated to partner, effective July 1. “Rob…

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California Senate Passes Legislation to Create State-Chartered Cannabis Banks

California Senate Passes Legislation to Create State-Chartered Cannabis Banks

05/21/2019 | CNBC

Click here to read the article,“California Senate Passes Legislation to Create State-Chartered Cannabis Banks," in which Chair of the Cannabis Industry Practice Group attorney Robert Selna adds insight on latest…

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Cannabis Trailblazers 2018

Cannabis Trailblazers 2018

10/01/2018 | National Law Journal

Wendel Rosen land use and real estate attorney Rob Selna is featured in the 2018 National Law Journal special supplement covering top lawyers working with the cannabis industry. To see…

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Date Category Publication Title
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
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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
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
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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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