Frank Robison



Frank Robison provides legal advice and counseling to a wide array of clients in the cannabis (marijuana and hemp) space including industry, university and not for profit organizations. Frank provides legal solutions to his clients in the following areas:

  • Complying with hemp and cannabinoid regulatory matters at the state and federal levels including the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and similar state laws.
  • Excels in import/export and customs law matters and international commercial transactions related to cannabis and CBD and other cannabinoids.
  • Works with clients to protect and commercialize intellectual property specializing in licensing trademarks, patents, copyrights, software, trade secrets and know-how.
  • Counseling business on organization and structure planning and selection, including general tax planning and specifically IRC 280E.
  • Navigating Latin American cannabis markets.
  • Offers creative and robust trademark and copyright clearance, protection and enforcement solutions at state, federal and international level.
  • Regularly drafts, negotiates and provides counseling on array of complex contracts including distribution, manufacturing, R&D, consulting and debt instruments.
  • Proficient in various corporate, governance, commercial, business, tax and international law matters.
  • Federal research compliance with marijuana including obtaining licenses from the DEA.

Prior to joining McAllister Garfield, P.C., Frank worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General at the University of Colorado Boulder, collaborating with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and establishing innovative methods to conduct research with hemp, and as Vicente Sederberg’s Director of Hemp and CBD Practice Area. Frank has advised foreign governments on marijuana and hemp legislation, including Uruguay, Costa Rica, Canada and Mexico.

Frank has been published, presented on and participated in various cannabis media or forums including:

  • NoCo Hemp Expo, Presenter, March 30, 2019 (scheduled).
  • “Organic Hemp: International Policy and Practices” Law & Policy Forum at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Presenter, February 2018.
  • “Oportunidades de Mercado Regulado de Cannabis,” Spannabis Madrid, Presenter, October 2017 (in Spanish).
  • Colorado MED Legislation Implementation Work Group for HB17-1367, Marijuana Research and Development Licenses, Working Group Participant, September 2017.
  • “Imports/Exports Issues Connected to Cannabis,” World Cannabis Conference, New York, NY, Presenter, Presenter, June 14, 2017.
  • “Perspectivas Legislativas en el Uso Cannabis Medicinal,” CannabiSalud, México, Presenter, June 3, 2017 (in Spanish).
  • “Industrial Hemp Infrastructure Development and the Role of Government in Import/Export/Transport of Hemp,” NoCo Hemp Expo, Presenter, March 31, 2017
  • “Defining your Brand,” Culture Magazine, February 2, 2017.
  • “Hemp Imports/Exports and International Property Issues,” Hemp Law Forum, National Hemp Association, Presenter, January 24, 2017.
  • Going Green: Deploying Capital to the Cannabis Industry, American University Business Law Review, October 2016.
  • Cannabis Laws and Research at Colorado Institutes of Higher Education, Colorado Lawyer, October 2015.
  • “Intergovernmental Relations,” Hemp Law Forum, National Hemp Association, Presenter, July 9, 2015.
  • Various interviews for television, magazines and news outlets including the New York Times, Telemundo (multiple in Spanish), Cannabis Business Times, THC Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, IP Watchdog, and Sensi Magazine.

As a business person, Frank had seventeen years of business management and entrepreneurial experience at various high-tech companies, including working in the telecommunications and the semi-conductor sectors and owning robotics-based manufacturing and IT consulting businesses. He also managed the cigar interests for a multinational tobacco company with operations in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic where he worked with the FDA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Frank was a Peace Corps Volunteer, Agricultural Extensionist, in Honduras.

Frank is fluent in Spanish, conversational in Portuguese and familiar with Chichewa, a Bantu dialect. He is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker.


  • LL.M Georgetown University Law Center (Taxation)
  • LL.M University of Colorado Boulder (Entrepreneurial Law)
  • LL.M University of Seville, Spain (Constitutional Law)
  • J.D. Vermont Law School, magna cum laude
  • M.A. University of California San Diego, cum laude (International Management)
  • B.A. Colby College, cum laude

Frank has lived overseas for over 10 years. While working at AT&T Latin America in São Paulo, Brazil, he met his wife. They are proud parents of a son and a daughter. Their favorite activities include visiting family in Brazil, being outside with their dog, and enjoying vegetarian food.