Over the last several years, the United States has seen a dramatic shift in both public attitudes toward cannabis and state-level cannabis laws. Today more than half of states have enacted medical cannabis laws, with several also enacting full adult cannabis use laws. Despite the progress in states throughout the country, federal law continues to criminalize the cultivation, distribution and consumption of cannabis. Without federal oversight and regulation, companies face a patchwork of state statutes and regulations. Further, federal cannabis prohibition amplifies the legal risk and complexity confronting cannabis and cannabis-related companies. These risks and complexities make it imperative that companies operating within the cannabis industry engage legal counsel with deep understanding of state and federal cannabis law.
Cogent’s cannabis attorneys devote their practice to navigating the complex legal environment surrounding the nascent cannabis industry. Our cannabis attorneys also have extensive federal, state, and municipal advocacy experience. They are supported by a network of cross-disciplinary teams in corporate, criminal, securities, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, litigation, regulatory and government investigations. We are committed to providing outstanding client service and offer practical, strategic and cost-effective counsel.
We work with companies large and small to help them navigate the rapidly changing landscape. We can provide counsel on a range of cannabis-related matters including but not limited to:
- Corporate Formation
- State Cannabis Application Preparation
- State Regulatory Compliance Programs
- Know Your Customer "KYC" Programs
- Anti-Money Laundering "AML" Programs
- Privacy & Data Security
- Government Relations at All Levels
- Public Relations Strategy
- Busines Operatons
With our varied experiences and expertise, Cogent’s team is uniquely positioned to assist Cannabis clients ranging from innovative start-ups to established industry leaders.