Our home state of Minnesota became the 23rd state to legalize recreational marijuana in May 2023, and is in the process of rolling out rules and moving towards licensing for this new, regulated market. At the same time, Minnesota has become an international leader in hemp-based THC beverages and edibles.
North Star Law Group is a trusted partner to Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry, helping entrepreneurs and small businesses understand the latest developments, scope out risk, and find a compliant path forward in this rapidly changing field. We're a team of cannabis attorneys and related professionals who understand the nuances of the law, have actual experience in advising similar clients, and can anticipate what is coming next, to our clients' advantage.
Let us guide you through the legal landscape with confidence.
Legal Services for Cannabis Business Owners
Cannabis laws in Minnesota and around the nation are complex and changing rapidly. A key area and service we provide is ensuring ongoing compliance with a changing legal landscape – both with state and federal laws. Those in the legal cannabis industry must have a team to accurately advise them on the law, changes that need to be implemented, and new opportunities. This level of care is only available via cannabis lawyers who are experts in the field.
As you grow your cannabis business’s legal needs also change over time. You need to ensure risks are identified and your business is compliant as things change. Whether it is expanding into new product lines, new markets, raising capital, hiring employees, or mergers and acquisitions.
Small business owners and founders need legal advice that is proactive and risk-informed. Not just what the law says, but how to navigate it in a way that works for your business. North Star’s experienced Business Law group has forged a sub-specialty in cannabis law due to its passion in this area and nearly unparalleled experience.
We are dedicated to serving businesses and entrepreneurs in and adjacent to Minnesota’s burgeoning legal cannabis industry. For instance, we can help:
- Start a business in cannabis or hemp;
- Expand your business to include newly-legal products;
- Learn more about Minnesota’s changing laws, regulations, and licensing requirements;
- Navigate Human Resources issues related to legal cannabis use, like revising drug testing policies;
- Negotiate partnerships with businesses in Minnesota’s legal cannabis space;
- Deal with licensing and municipal requirements;
- Buy or sell companies in this industry (M&A nationwide); and
- Address other complex legal issues.
We are also qualified to advise on Missouri’s cannabis laws and regulations on the same topics.
Real-World Experience in Legalized Cannabis
The North Star Cannabis Law team is composed of Business Law Attorneys who know what it takes to counsel and help a business achieve new successes. Beyond that, they are leaders and experienced in the legal cannabis field. Understanding that the laws and regulations associated with legalized hemp and cannabis are extensive and will only be more complicated with the passage of time, our cannabis lawyers actively track the rules, guidance, and development of Minnesota’s cannabis law. The North Star Cannabis team has a thorough understanding of the law and the nuances associated with it, which only results in better outcomes for our clients.
On top of that, the North Star Cannabis Law team has experience in advising cannabis businesses in states where adult-use, recreational cannabis has already been legal long before Minnesota. So, they understand how the legal cannabis industry operates, what risks and pitfalls exist, and how to properly advise clients to best take advantage of the new industry. It is this combination of real-world experience and legal expertise that sets us apart.
Expungement and Criminal Defense
We also work closely with our Criminal Defense colleagues to help Minnesotans navigate legal risk and get previous marijuana offenses expunged to the fullest extent available under the law. We understand that past criminal convictions can have far-reaching consequences, affecting employment, housing, and educational opportunities. As such, we work tirelessly to provide our clients with comprehensive legal assistance in navigating the complicated expungement process - from filing the necessary paperwork, to appearing in court hearings and advocating for their rights.
Our team possesses an in-depth understanding of Minnesota's expungement laws and procedures, ensuring that our clients receive personalized guidance from knowledgeable attorneys who are committed to clearing their records of any damaging information. Through compassionate support and steadfast advocacy, we aim to help individuals move forward with renewed confidence and peace of mind.
We are Your Cannabis Law Team
We understand the unique legal and business complexities of the cannabis industry and will help you navigate them with confidence. Whether you’re just starting out or have been in the cannabis industry for years, we are here to guide you through the ever-changing legal landscape.
Thank you for choosing North Star Cannabis Law. We look forward to helping you succeed in the legal cannabis industry, please contact us today.
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