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Ice Miller’s Cannabis Industry Group is a diverse group of professionals serving private and public clients on legalized cannabis issues throughout the Ice Miller footprint and other states. Ice Miller continues to be at the forefront of cannabis issues with public policy makers.

Our team recognizes how quickly this industry is evolving and growing and therefore we have assembled a team with a history of representing dynamic and heavily regulated industries to serve our clients’ needs. The Firm has substantial experience in the cannabis industry and regularly advises businesses, governments, investors, banks, suppliers, innovators, and others as they navigate the growing and constantly changing legal cannabis market.

Comprehensive Legal and Advocacy Support

Ice Miller’s cannabis professionals offer extensive multidisciplinary experience including:

  • Licensing - We help clients on licensure applications for cultivators, processors, dispensaries, laboratories, and health care service providers;
  • Labor - We advise employers regarding the growing number of compliance issues and employee issues related to this industry;
  • Litigation - We help clients address trade secret issues, appeal denial of licenses, and address disputes between cannabis-related businesses;
  • Compliance - We assess legality of changes and business compliance for local and state law regarding cannabis businesses;
  • Banking - We ensure proper compliance for financial institutions, and subsequent investigations, enforcement, and litigation related to banking with cannabis-related clients;
  • Government Advocacy and Grassroots - We provide direct advocacy as the primary interface between government officials and regulators relating to the industry, including providing guidance and changes to local, state, and federal laws. Our governmental relations team is at the front line on getting laws passed to support growth in the industry; and
  • Corporate - We provide services to help structure business organizations, mergers and acquisitions, document financing, and the acquisition of real estate for the industry.

Again, Ice Miller utilizes a cross-functional team of lawyers and professions to handle the array of issues involved with cannabis use. Members of our team, with a broad array of experience, routinely serve cannabis-related businesses from the following areas of practice:

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Banking Regulatory / Compliance
  • Employee Benefits
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • Data Security/Privacy
  • Economic Development
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Labor
  • Litigation
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Affairs / Government Law
  • Real Estate and Corporate
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Tax

Representative Experience

  • Licensing
    • We represent a national cannabis cultivator, processor and dispensary operator who has won five provisional dispensary licenses (the maximum allowed) and one provisional processor licenses (the maximum allowed) in Ohio thus far, and has state licenses in multiple states and provisional licenses to dispense medical cannabis in Ohio. We represent this client in its administrative appeal process.
    • We represented a group of investors to win Ohio dispensary and processor licenses.
    • We assisted a global research and development organization in providing application support for a provisional laboratory license, and also handle labor and employment issues for this scientific research organization.
  • Labor
    • Consulted with clients on employment issues resulting from legalized cannabis in various states. 
  • Compliance
    • Represent several national clients on daily compliance issues for current operations and compliance review on changes to law. 
    • Represent distribution company on shipping and storage issues. 
  • Banking
    • Represented a credit union, providing advice and counsel relating to potential cannabis related business customers of this union.
  • Government Advocacy and Grassroots
    • Advise clients on rule changes and law changes impacting industry.
  • Corporate
    • Represent several national companies on merger and acquisition issues, real estate acquisition, and local zoning and building permit issues.
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