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Guidance for the complex and evolving legal and regulatory landscape of the cannabis industry.

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Developing Effective Legal Strategies for Cannabis Clients

With the legalization of marijuana for adult use in New York State―and the growing commercial interest in medical marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids―it is now more important than ever to be up to speed on the ever-changing federal, state and local cannabis-related legal issues impacted by this new market.

Phillips Lytle has a fully integrated team of attorneys and scientists that can address the myriad issues in the marijuana and hemp industries. We work with growers, extractors, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and dispensaries, real estate developers, investors and transportation companies to provide advice, thought leadership and dispute resolution for your business to succeed.

Cannabis Industry Representation

We offer a full suite of services to our clients in the cannabis industry. Representative experience includes:
  • Applied for and obtained federally registered trademark for CBD manufacturer and retailer.
  • Represented investors in debt-equity transactions in cannabis businesses.
  • Represented industrial hemp growers and processors in successful bids for Research Partner Agreements in New York State.
  • Defended an industrial hemp manufacturer against governmental investigations, including by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Provided advice to numerous manufacturers and distributors regarding United States and Canadian law compliance related to supply contracts, travel requirements, and employee contacts and interactions with cannabis producers.
  • Provided guidance to cannabinoid extractors and manufacturers regarding marketable products and labeling issues under New York State and federal regulations.
On a continuous basis, we represent:
  • Numerous cannabis companies for ongoing outside counsel assistance, including employment and noncompete agreements, nondisclosure agreements and independent contractor agreements.
  • A hemp grower in ongoing multimillion-dollar commercial litigation.

Meet Our Cannabis Team


Matthew Fitzgerald
Matthew J. Fitzgerald Senior Associate
F. Kenneth Graham Partner
James R. Grasso Partner, General Counsel
Lindsey E. Haubenreich Partner
Tristan D. Hujer Partner
Kevin J. Mulvehill Partner, Governing Committee
Lisa Smith
Lisa L. Smith Partner
Joshua Wallace
Joshua S. Wallace Associate
Adam S. Walters Partner
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