State regulatory schemes in the cannabis industry are nuanced and constantly evolving. The mid-Atlantic region has embraced the cannabis industry with Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia all passing legislation legalizing medical cannabis, creating a competitive market.
Maryland legalized medical cannabis and created the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission in 2014 to oversee all licensing, registration, inspection and testing measures related to the medical cannabis program. In August 2016, the Commission awarded fifteen grower and fifteen processor license pre-approvals to companies that span sixteen counties and Baltimore City. The Commission awarded dispensary license pre-approvals in December 2016. The Commission’s roll-out of the medical cannabis program has been considerably delayed due to a complex review process and legal challenges to its controversial licensing decisions.
Washington, D.C. legalized medical cannabis in 2010. D.C.’s Medical Marijuana Program, which is overseen by the Department of Health, has licensed seven cultivation centers and five dispensaries and has thirty-two registered caregivers. In September 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a directive that would double the amount of medical marijuana that a D.C. patient can receive in a one month period. The D.C. Council is also considering a bill that would allow out-of-state patients access to medical marijuana in the District. If passed, these regulatory changes will increase the demand for medical marijuana, altering its landscape.
K&M supports business owners and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry and we recognize the risks and costs of establishing a business in this industry. K&M is one of the few boutique firms in this region with a practice dedicated to cannabis law, and our size allows us to offer competitive rates and compliance packages tailored to business owners with varying amounts of starting capital.
K&M represents clients at any stage of the application process and extending well after licensure. We want your cannabis business to be licensed and remain in compliance with the rapidly changing legal landscape. Our mission is to ensure your continuing success in the cannabis industry.
K&M also acts as outside general counsel for cannabis-touching businesses such as extraction labs, CBD topical manufactures, medical cannabis dispensaries and ancillary service providers like security companies that operate in the cannabis space. K&M can assist with any stage of business development for cannabis-touching start-ups.
Some of the legal services K&M offers include:
- License application preparation and filing;
- Regulatory compliance at all stages;
- Representation before any regulatory body in each jurisdiction regarding licensing or compliance issues;
- Employee and agent registration and licensure;
- Caregiver and patient registration;
- Any ancillary issues facing cannabis owners;
- Review and preparation of cannabis investor agreements;
- Team assembly;
- Banking compliance; and
- Civil and criminal liability risk assessment.