Marijuana Business Regulations

McAllister Garfield’s attorneys are widely recognized as premier experts in cannabis and hemp administrative and regulatory law. The firm helps clients understand the complex web of overlapping regulatory and administrative law rules, and its attorneys have been integrally involved in the legislative and rule-making processes over the years. This broad knowledge works to our clients’ advantage, and we can efficiently and effectively respond to questions related to compliance and provide expert advice on how to respond to or avoid agency scrutiny.

The firm has handled more cannabis discipline and enforcement cases than any other law firm in Colorado. McAllister Garfield is the only firm to successfully defend and lift a summary suspension against a licensed cannabis business, resulting in a multi-million dollar company re-opening after it was wrongfully shut down. We have represented numerous clients alleged to have violated pesticide rules and have litigated pesticide standards against both Denver and the Colorado Department of Agriculture, releasing millions of dollars of marijuana from pesticide holds. The firm also regularly handles other rules violations, such as underage sales, violations related to cannabis extraction operations, and unauthorized modifications of premises.

The firm is often called upon to act as regulatory counsel in major cannabis and hemp transactions.  The Firm’s deep knowledge and practical understanding of how the rules work allows companies to efficiently execute transactions. We regularly help investors and companies acquire assets and conduct due diligence on target companies. The firm is happy to work in conjunction with in house counsel or other law firms to provide a regulatory lens on transactions, though the firm can also handle significant transactions on its own.