Cannabis and hemp companies and investors crave easily digestible legal advice that accounts for the industry’s multi-layered regulations.


National Cannabis Industry Association

Cannabis and hemp entrepreneurs and investors count on our team of legal counsel to combine good business sense, transactional acumen and regulatory insight to position themselves strategically in this growing industry. We can guide you through a variety of transactional matters – debt and equity raises, commercial contracts, corporate governance, real estate transactions and intellectual property licensing.

Clients can also count on support from deal-oriented lawyers across the Dorsey platform in areas such as taxation, employee compensation and securities. Our team helps licensed operating companies, investors and ancillary services businesses navigate the complexities of the cannabis and hemp industries’ legal landscape.

Experienced and Well-Positioned

We have cannabis and hemp practice group attorneys located in all the major hubs of the industry, including Denver, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto. We monitor regulatory developments nationally and counsel clients on the impact of regulatory changes on their business and investments. Our lawyers have extensive corporate transactional experience that is well-suited to advising companies in the cannabis and hemp industries.

Full Range of Services

Our services and representative transactions include:

  • Company-side formation, angel investment and venture capital financing (debt and equity) 
  • Investor-side equity and debt investments 
  • Secured transactions 
  • Corporate governance 
  • Complex commercial licenses 
  • Protection and licensing of intellectual property 
  • State and Federal tax counseling
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate transactions

Lawyers in this space are well-versed in transactions in Colorado, California, Washington and other states where state laws permit medical or recreational cannabis operations.

Cannabis Company Guide to the U.S. and Canadian Markets


Leading Cannabis Practice


Sativa Rasmussen
Practice Group Chair

Industries & Practices

  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness