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Cannabinoid Law Services for Growers

The market for cannabis products grows each year. More states are passing laws that permit medicinal or recreational use of cannabis products. Some of the most important laws and regulations to follow in the cannabis industry are those surrounding cannabinoids — the chemical compounds that distinguish cannabis products.

There are dozens of cannabinoids in any cannabis plant. The two most common cannabinoids have been tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), but businesses are experimenting with additional cannabinoids such as cannabis-derived cannabigerol (CBG) or cannabinol (CBN). Synthetic cannabinoids are also becoming more common.

Any cannabis business must understand current cannabinoid laws while developing and distributing products. Failure to comply with cannabinoid laws could result in fines or cost you your growing license.

At Harris Sliwoski, we offer legal support to businesses growing products containing cannabinoid extracts. Our legal team will spread cannabinoid regulation awareness as your company develops and distributes cannabis products. We will also back your business in any legal dispute related to cannabinoids.

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Legality of Synthetic Cannabinoids

In addition to the various psychologically active and psychoactive cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant, businesses are beginning to use synthetic cannabinoids within their products. Laws on synthetic cannabinoids are volatile in state and international courts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers synthetic cannabinoids unsafe, causing state and federal legislatures to target them.

There are few legal synthetic cannabinoids, as all 50 states have legislatures prohibiting them on some level. The lawyers at Harris Sliwoski understand the laws applying to synthetic cannabinoids. If your product contains synthetic cannabinoids, we can ensure its contents and composition fall within legal parameters and protect your business during litigation.

Bold Legal Practitioners for the Competitive Cannabis Industry

The cannabis market is competitive, so knowing that your products’ cannabinoid contents meet consumer and regulatory demand is critical. Harris Sliwoski’s cannabinoid lawyers are committed to your business’s success. Count on us for bold legal strategies and clear communication as we navigate immediate legal challenges and work toward your long-term goals.

We employ passionate cannabis law experts who stay in touch with the latest cannabinoid laws and regulations. Our team will put your business in an advantaged position and lay the groundwork for future legal security. With a portfolio ranging from major corporations to small start-ups and international enterprises, we have the experience and resources to protect your business as cannabinoid regulations evolve.


Harris Sliwoski’s Role as a Leader in Global Cannabinoid Law

We often work on the following matters in both the hemp and cannabis markets:

  • Investigating the source of hemp-derived cannabinoid products to verify that they are not derived from marijuana and do not contain prohibited levels of THC
  • Analyzing risks associated with transporting hemp-derived cannabinoids interstate and internationally
  • Advising clients on best practices for the manufacture, labeling, and distribution of hemp and cannabis-derived products, and structuring transactions for their benefit
  • Responding to complaints and seizures of hemp-related products
  • Providing updates to clients as regulations and laws rapidly change across the country
  • Counseling clients on developing policies and regulations from the FDA, USDA and other regulatory bodies

With the guidance of our cannabis business and regulatory attorneys, you can rest easy knowing that your CBG, CBN or other cutting-edge venture complies with these complex and evolving laws. Our goal is to help you remain ahead of your competitors as industry races to study, refine and market the cannabis plant.

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Your International and National Cannabinoids Law Firm

Attorneys at Harris Sliwoski serve national and international clients in every aspect of hemp and cannabis law. We work with businesses of all sizes, helping them bring new products to market that revolutionize the industry while navigating the complex licensing processes, compliance requirements, startup procedures and other related challenges.

Although many cannabinoid lawyers concentrate their practices in one state, Harris Sliwoski attorneys serve clients globally. Our team prioritizes clear, honest communication with the goal of establishing long-term relationships with each case we undertake. We are at the forefront of the hemp and cannabis industry, as evident by our presence at conferences and publications in various media outlets.

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Beyond advising individual businesses, our cannabis attorneys are committed to fortifying, defending, and building credibility for the industry as a whole. Harris Sliwoski’s cannabis business lawyers are more than legal strategists—they are thought leaders: forward-thinking bloggers, educators, writers, and speakers.

They regularly write articles for legal journals and frequently post to our acclaimed and widely followed Canna Law Blog. We speak to business and trade groups, academic institutions, and government bodies on a variety of cannabis legal issues, and our cannabis lawyers are frequently quoted by global, national, and local media outlets. We also have compiled (and are forever adding to) a Cannabis Glossary, to help with industry terminology. 

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“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

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This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

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Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

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I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

user icon Corey T., CEO Thinc Cubed, LLC

I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

user icon Dan Pak Hospital Supply Chain Executive

Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

user icon Matt Hurt, COO Cannabis Nation

You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

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When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

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We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

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We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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