Cannabis Permitting and Licensing Attorneys

Local permits are often required in addition to state licenses for business owners looking to operate in the cannabis industry.

With the cannabis market in the U.S. so extensively regulated, a range of local, state and federal rules must be navigated before you can obtain the necessary permissions to operate legally in your area.

Understanding the restrictions and the applicable regulations is important for the long-term success of your business. The license and permit application processes can be daunting if you do not.

The cannabis business attorneys at Cannabis Law Solutions are ready to inform you about your obligations and assist in securing the permits and licenses you need.

We can also help ensure you retain your license and permits by meeting all the necessary compliance requirements of your business.

Local permitting and state licensing 

The license and permits you need for your proposed cannabis business will depend on the type of business you want to set up and the intended location.

Regardless of whether your business focuses on medicinal or recreational use, you will need to submit a considerable amount of paperwork. Each state has a different licensing framework and in addition to the state license, the local municipalities generally determine the additional permits required to operate legally.

The cannabis business attorneys at Cannabis Law Solutions can assist you with preparing and submitting applications for annual licensing, temporary licensing, extensions, business operating permits and conditional use permits with the relevant state and local authorities in your area.

Our seasoned attorneys have developed an intimate knowledge of the license and permit application processes and can advise you on what you need to prepare to avoid delays and disappointments.

We can help you create a viable business plan, conduct your due diligence and, if necessary, obtain conditional use permits and tackle any land use issues you encounter.

With the complexities involved in a rapidly changing and evolving regulatory landscape, our attorneys stay up to date so that our clients always have access to the latest and most relevant information.

Business licensing for medical cannabis at the state and local levels

If you are looking to operate a business involving medical cannabis, such as a cultivation business, dispensary, manufacturing or delivery business, our attorneys can prepare and file your license application.

As well as the annual state license, you are likely to require a city or county license or permit to conduct business in your chosen area. Our team will ensure that the application process is well-prepared and goes smoothly without delay.

In most cases, there are multiple different licenses and permits available depending on your location and area of focus within the industry. The activities you will be permitted to engage in will be restricted by your license type and you can expect the rules to be stringently enforced by the regulators.

In many cases, you can hold more than one license type at a time, allowing you to conduct business in several different areas of activity.

Regardless of your license type(s), we will prepare all of the necessary documentation relating to the business owners and criminal background check approvals, as well as security plans, site plans and documentation concerning environmental issues if necessary.

For conditional use permit applications, there may be a hearing before the City Council and/or Planning Commission, at which we can represent you and your business.

In most cases, you will not be allowed to engage in activities in the medical cannabis business if you have a serious or drug-related felony conviction on your criminal record.

Your license application may also be turned down if you have past violations of local ordinances against your name or if your local license to operate a cannabis business was revoked within several years of your application.

How can our permit and licensing attorneys help?

The precise names of licenses and permits vary according to individual states and municipalities but the experienced attorneys at Cannabis Law Solutions can assist with the following types of cannabis business permits and licenses:

State licensing:

  • Cannabis cultivation licenses
  • Cannabis nursery licenses
  • Cannabis manufacturing licensing
  • Cannabis testing laboratory licenses
  • Cannabis delivery/courier licenses (both retail and non-retail)
  • Cannabis distribution licenses
  • Cannabis microbusiness licenses
  • Cannabis processors licenses
  • Cannabis infusers licenses
  • Cannabis consumption area licenses
  • Vertically integrated cannabis establishment licenses

Local permits:

  • Conditional use permits
  • Minor use permits
  • Zoning clearances

Sometimes, state and federal liquor licenses also cover the sale of cannabis-related products and this is another area we can assist with.

Get help with cannabis permitting and licensing applications

Whether you are growing, manufacturing, retailing or otherwise hoping to be part of the burgeoning cannabis industry, one of the first steps is acquiring a valid license.

Our cannabis business attorneys can help you prepare your application and avoid unforeseen issues during the process.

For informed legal advice, call 866-329-0729 for a consultation with a knowledgeable cannabis attorney at Cannabis Law Solutions.

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How will our cannabis services help you?

Cannabis business entity formation

Whether you are looking to form a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation, our experienced business lawyers can discuss the pros and cons of both and help you incorporate your business with the optimal structure to achieve your goals.

Cannabis business licenses

If you want to run a cannabis business, you will need a valid business license issued by your state authority as well as local permits. Eligibility criteria are likely to be stringent and we can help you navigate the often-complex license application process.

Cannabis corporate documentation

Whether you need to prepare for a license application, transfer of business ownership, change of corporate structure, transfer business location, or another business process, we can help you identify and draft the documentation you need to operate legally in your state.

Cannabis administrative law

State authorities watch licensed and unlicensed cannabis businesses closely. If you violate regulations, you could face an administrative penalty. Our attorneys can provide representation or help you prepare for an administrative hearing, settlement conference or appeal.

Cannabis disputes and litigation

Whether you have a dispute with another business, a legal issue with one of your partners or a licensing or administrative issue, you may need legal assistance to help resolve it. We are adept at alternative dispute resolution methods as well as civil litigation.

Regulatory compliance

As the cannabis industry emerges in states around the U.S., it is more heavily regulated than most other industries. We can help your business navigate the red tape and plan to stay on the right side of the regulatory authorities in whichever state you are based.