Serving the cannabis industry in jurisdictions with legal medical and adult-use cannabis markets

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 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.

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

In 2014, Maryland legalized medical cannabis and created the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to oversee all licensing, patient registration, inspection and testing measures related to the medical cannabis program. The Commission licensed 14 growers and 12 processors in August 2017. In December 2017, the Commission licensed the first of 102 dispensary applicants and has continued to issue dispensary licenses on a rolling basis.

Washington, DC

The District’s medical cannabis program, which was implemented in 2013 is administered by the D.C. Department of Health. There are currently 10 licensed cannabis growers and 5 licensed dispensaries, with two additional dispensary licenses expected to be awarded in late Spring 2018.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania legalized medical cannabis on April 17, 2016. The PA Department of Health is in the process of implementing the program and has issued approximately half of the available dispensary licenses and grower licenses. Cultivation is underway and sales of medical cannabis are expected to begin in Spring 2018..

West Virginia

The Governor of West Virginia singed SB 386 on April 19, 2017, making West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical cannabis. West Virginia is expected to release grower, processor and dispensary license applications in March 2018. The application period will be open for 60-90 days.

United States

Nationally, 30 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws which legalize cannabis in some form - medical and/or recreational. Of these 30 states and the District, 8 (including the District) have legalized recreational cannabis. In 2018, several state legislatures are poised to vote on measures that would expand the medical and recreational cannabis markets.

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.

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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
  • Civil and criminal liability risk assessment