Stevens & Lee provides strategic guidance and comprehensive legal representation to businesses, investors and individuals operating and seeking to operate in the adult-use and medical cannabis markets of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. As a full-service law firm with business-minded professionals, Stevens & Lee is a one-stop shop for our cannabis industry clients.

Our Cannabis Law Group has experience guiding clients from entity formation through the licensure process to eventual market entry. Our attorneys also have substantial experience working on cannabis-related business transactions and have successfully litigated matters on behalf of our cannabis clients involving licensure awards, local endorsements and certification of diversely owned business entities.  

Our clients include licensed cultivators, processors and retailers operating or soon to be operating in New Jersey and New York, as well as licensed operators in other states across the country.

To meet the multi-faceted challenges presented by our cannabis clients, we draw from our deep bench of practice areas across the firm, including our real estate, corporate, land use, intellectual property, health care and tax groups. We work collaboratively to address each client’s unique needs.

We also provide advice to employers regarding the impact of the cannabis industry on their businesses and operations, and to health care providers regarding compliance with Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s medical cannabis laws. 

From inception to ongoing operations, our lawyers assist cannabis businesses and related service providers every step of the way, including: 

  • Entity formation, structuring and governance
  • Investment, debt and other financial transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate acquisition and leasing
  • Land use and zoning approvals
  • Construction and facility development
  • State and local licensing and related permitting
  • Regulatory compliance and risk mitigation
  • Monitoring potential regulatory changes
  • Government affairs
  • Litigation support
  • Employment policies, manuals, contracts and employee training
  • Labor matters
  • Health care
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Certification of Diversely Owned Businesses (WBE/MBE/DVOB/SBE)