Oakland-based Wendel Rosen offers clients a long and successful history navigating California’s evolving cannabis laws and many tools with which to help them thrive in an industry that is experiencing exponential growth and opportunity.
The firm’s attorneys first began advising cannabis clients on compliance with medical cannabis laws following California’s pioneering medical marijuana legalization in 1996. Consolidation of the State's medical and recreational cannabis laws in June 2017 signal the arrival of California's fully-legalized cannabis industry.
By 2020, U.S. marijuana sales are expected to exceed $20 billion and California sales are forecast to top $7 billion. In the Bay Area, cannabis entrepreneurs and technology firms are seizing upon the historic growth opportunity that cannabis represents, despite the challenges of operating in a new regulatory context.
Wendel Rosen’s early experience with marijuana regulations and its breadth of business law expertise ideally position the firm to advise clients during this pivotal time. As a full-service law firm, Wendel Rosen is equipped to handle the legal needs of cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, dispensers and investors. The firm’s attorneys continue to counsel cannabis-related startups, as well as established companies, on everything from entity formation, financing and intellectual property to real estate, government affairs and general business. Wendel Rosen practice areas particularly relevant to cannabis business clients are as follows:
- Business entity formation
- Land Use
- Real Estate
- Government Affairs
- Regulatory Compliance
- Licensing and Intellectual Property
- Prop 65
- Environmental Issues
As the marijuana industry matures and expands, cannabis business clients will greatly benefit from Wendel Rosen’s command of the industry’s evolving business and regulatory challenges and its many opportunities.