Cannabis businesses – whether involved in medical marijuana, adult recreational use or industrial hemp – are subject to rapidly changing and constantly evolving laws and regulations. As a result, those involved in the cannabis industry and the many ancillary industries touched by cannabis laws require expertise and sound counsel. Our team stays on top of emerging trends and monitors legislative and regulatory developments to provide timely advice and information to our clients as they navigate this complex industry.

We represent clients across the cannabis industry in Florida:

  • Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTC) with cultivation, processing, and dispensing operations
  • MMTC licensure applicants
  • Cannabis industry investors
  • Manufacturers and retailers of CBD products
  • Industrial and trade groups

We assist cannabis-related clients in understanding and assessing the complicated legal landscape and have experience with:

  • Statutory and regulatory compliance
  • Litigation and administrative proceedings relating to medical marijuana and hemp regulations
  • Preparation of license applications
  • Legislative and public referenda strategy
  • Analysis of enacted and proposed cannabis related statutes, rules, and Florida constitutional amendments
  • Industrial hemp pilot programs

Please note: It is illegal under federal law to possess, sell, distribute, or use marijuana or marijuana-based substances, regardless of any state law that may decriminalize such activities. Federal law enforcement policy relating to marijuana may at times defer to states’ laws and not enforce conflicting federal laws. However, interested parties should be aware that: (i) compliance with state law does not constitute compliance with federal law; (iii) compliance with state law is not a defense to violations of federal law; and (iii) there is a risk that conflicting federal law may be enforced at any time. No legal advice that we might give is intended to provide, nor should be construed as providing, any guidance or assistance in violating federal law.

  • Administrative, Regulatory, and Government Affairs
    • Administrative Litigation & Appeals
    • Agency Affairs
    • Government Affairs – Legislative & Executive/Cabinet & Agency
    • Government Contracts & Procurement
    • Government Investigations & Audits
    • Financial Institutions
    • Legislative Advising & Strategy
    • Licensure & Discipline
    • Public Referenda Advising & Strategy
    • Regulatory Filings, Compliance & Analysis
    • Rulemaking & Rule Challenges
    • State & Local Taxation
  • Corporate
    • Business Advising
    • Due Diligence
    • Entity Formation & Capital Raises
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Litigation
    • Administrative Litigation
    • Appeals
    • Civil Litigation
    • Constitutional Law
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Licensure Disputes
    • Rule Challenges
    • White Collar & Criminal
  • Land Use/Zoning, Environmental
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate

In the Media: Fla. Justices Split On Legal Pot Measure's Wording
Law360|November 2023

In the Media: Legalization Activists Urge Fla. High Court To OK Pot Measure
July 2023

Publications: Cannabis Dispensaries Take Another Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|October 2021|Glenn Burhans, Jr., Douglas L. Kilby

In the Media: Right to Farm
Sunrise: A Florida Politics Podcast |April 2021

Events: Cannabis in the Capital City
Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Conference |August 2019|Glenn Burhans, Jr.

Events: Meet the Gang Part II – Wage and Hour Hot Topics, Marijuana Update and FMLA/ADA/Workers’ Comp Interplay
Stearns Weaver Miller's 29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar |May 2019|Eric K. Gabrielle

In the Media: More Medical Marijuana Licenses on the Horizon
Sunshine State News|April 2019

Events: Future of Marijuana Regulation in Florida
Florida Beer Wholesalers Association Annual Meeting |September 2018|Glenn Burhans, Jr.

Events: Perspectives on Medical Marijuana
Bio Florida |April 2017|Glenn Burhans, Jr.

Publications: Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment Leaves Employers High and Dry
Florida Employment Law Letter |December 2016|Lisa K. Berg

In the Media: Medical marijuana could cost employees their jobs
Sun Sentinel|October 2014

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