Cannabis Law

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.

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The District of Columbia Department of Health will be accepting applications for a 6th medical marijuana dispensary license in April 2017

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Civil Litigation

K&M has a diverse litigation practice – our attorneys are licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. At the federal level, we represent plaintiffs in police excessive force and misconduct actions. We represent individuals in D.C. Superior Court in breach of contract and tort actions and have argued before the D.C. Court of Appeals.

K&M has also acted as local counsel in matters before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and is familiar with the pro hac vice process for out of state attorneys.

We work closely with our clients to identify and execute the most cost-effective response at every stage of litigation.

We believe that justice is not merely an ideal – it is a civic and moral imperative.


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District of Columbia Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission

National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML)

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About Us

Based in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, K&M was founded in 2015 by Meredith Kinner and John McGowan. Our mission is simple – to provide totally transparent and efficient representation to each of our clients.  We are not big law.  As a boutique law firm, K&M is able to establish a close relationships with each of our clients, as well as offer customized legal services at a cost that is tailored to their specific needs and budget.  We establish these relationships by limiting our caseload, which allows us to provide all of our clients with personalized attorney attention and access.  No matter the status of the client or value of the claim, K&M abides by no tiered system and welcomes the opportunity to represent all clients equally.

As dedicated advocates of the legalization of cannabis, K&M will provide support to anyone exploring business opportunities in the cannabis industry.  We understand that this industry is becoming increasingly regulated and competitive, and we are passionate about helping you succeed in this revolutionary space.

K&M is a proud member of the NORML Legal Committee, the Maryland Cannabis Industry Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the National Police Accountability Project.

K&M’s attorneys are licensed {to practice} in the District of Columbia, Maryland and United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Under federal law, cannabis is classified as a controlled Schedule I substance and a conflict now exists between states with medical or recreational cannabis and federal law. K&M is available to advise clients on issues in relation to applicable state law and compliance issues related thereto. If any of the legal services offered by K&M become unlawful due to a change in state law or a material change in federal enforcement of laws relating to cannabis, we may terminate such services upon notice to affected client.

This website is for informational purposes only and nothing contained herein constitutes legal advice. Communications to K&M through this website do not create a attorney-client relationship between you and K&M. If you contact us by email please do not send confidential information until an attorney-client relationship is established.

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