How to Hire a Lawyer for Your Cannabis Company - Marijuana Business Magazine
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

Scammers and dabblers often advertise themselves as cannabis lawyers. So it’s essential you steer clear of these fly-by-night types to represent your marijuana business. When seeking outside or in-house legal representation, you want an attorney who doesn’t think of cannabis law as a side gig.

That’s because marijuana rules and regulations change constantly. The laws are intricate and require specialization to understand.

“You want to find an attorney who’s solely based in the cannabis industry,” said Luke Ramirez, principal owner of Farm Grass Table dispensaries in Portland, Oregon.

Hiring specialized counsel helps you avoid attorneys who are in it only for the money.

“Those folks really under deliver on their promises,” Ramirez said.

You want someone who knows the inner workings of state and local governments and the laws where your business operates. That person also should also be responsive. If you’re paying someone by the hour, find an attorney who is willing to communicate with you quickly – and often.