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Our commercially focused cannabis industry lawyers

The cannabis industry is expanding throughout the world. Businesses operating in this industry face both the uncertainty inherent in an emerging market and the complexity of navigating the often conflicting international laws and regulations.

The Eversheds Sutherland Cannabis Industry Team is an assembly of experienced attorneys from across our international network who serve the expanding and diverse needs of the cannabis industry. Whether you are a current cannabis industry player, exploring entry or an organization serving the needs of cannabis businesses, we are well-positioned to offer the measured guidance needed to achieve your business objectives.

Our Cannabis Industry Team brings the legal and regulatory frameworks necessary to almost any business decision made in the industry, including, but certainly not limited to, the Bank Secrecy Act; the Controlled Substances Act; the UK Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the UK Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, FDA and FTC regulations.

Our global approach ensures we understand the need to create a framework that deals with delicate jurisdictional differences. We are mobilized to work cross-border and will ensure your particular needs are met.

An experienced cannabis industry team

Our recent cannabis industry experience includes advising:

  • on issues relating to the sale of shares in a cross-jurisdictional acquisition of a cannabis selling company
  • on the launch of registered funds for direct investment in the cannabis industry
  • landowners on leasing property to cannabis cultivation businesses
  • on the set up of alternative fund structures (hedge and private equity) across a wide variety of fund domiciles, clients include UK and offshore domiciled managers and family offices
  • a global hedge fund in obtaining a defence against money laundering, enabling it to maintain a cannabis-related investment strategy in the UK   
  • a marijuana producer on licensing and ongoing compliance obligations
  • a national health and wellness business with acquisitions and debt financing
  • a national medical marijuana provider with private capital raises, secondary sales of equity interests and going public process
  • energy service companies providing energy to cannabis cultivation businesses

Contact our cannabis industry team

If you would like any further information or need advice on cannabis legal or business matters, please contact our legal team.