Cannabis

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Bowditch & Dewey advises clients seeking to invest or venture into the budding multi-billion dollar cannabis industry in Massachusetts, and throughout the U.S. We offer clients the guidance necessary to navigate the dynamic, and often conflicting, federal and state laws and municipal authority surrounding the adult use, sale and cultivation of both recreational and medicinal cannabis.

Bowditch attorneys represent not only marijuana retailers, but also the wide variety of ancillary institutions and industries connected to the industry, such as investors, banks and financial institutions, municipalities, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, developers, architects, property owners and landlords.

Our team offers a full range of services including:

  • Business formation, licensing, and operations
  • Regulatory and legal compliance
  • Corporate structuring, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing
  • Real estate acquisitions, sales and leasing
  • Real estate and environmental issues affecting developers, landlords, and tenants
  • Employment counseling, including executive and employee contracts, non-competition agreements, and trade secrets
  • Intellectual property and trademark protection
  • 280E and other taxation advice
  • Product liability risk
  • Dispute resolution


Representative Experience:

  • Investor in a cannabis marketing company
  • Cannabis marketing company with trademark applications/registrations, licensing agreements with growers, and consulting agreements with social media “influencers”
  • Financial institution establishing deposit account relationship with grower/dispensary
  • Architect in non-disclosure agreements, design agreements, multi-site development agreements, and design-build agreements for cultivation and dispensary facilities
  • Multiple parties on regulatory oversight, compliance and liability
  • Equipment manufacturers and lessors on potential liability
  • Dispensary licensee in negotiation of design-build agreement for new medical facility
  • Dispensaries on taxation and financial reporting
  • Several building owners in lease negotiations
  • Dispensaries in state applications and permitting
  • Employers on drug testing of employees (see Alert: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace)