Bar/Court Admissions

Colorado - District of Colorado

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Joel D. Russman

Of Counsel

Joel D. Russman was a pioneer in Colorado marijuana law. In 2009 he brought more than three decades of real estate and small business legal expertise to the fledgling industry. Since then he’s been working with cannabis entrepreneurs – including dispensaries, growers and edibles manufacturers – on:

  • Entity formation and corporate governance
  • Local and state licensing and zoning
  • Private financing
  • Lease negotiations and real estate purchases
  • Dispute resolution
  • Contract drafting and negotiation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Strategies for growth

Among his first MJ successes was saving a dispensary from a ne’er-do-well former owner. Then he rescued a business from eviction by its unfriendly out-of-state landlord by negotiating the purchase of the property. He has resolved licensing snarls with state and local licensing authorities, mediated disputes between growers and retailers and put together unique financing arrangements.

Joel is frequently invited to speak on marijuana law and marijuana real estate issues to entrepreneurs and lawyers. He has been a featured speaker at Kushcon and has led continuing legal education (CLE) sessions for the Colorado Bar Association.