Cannabis Team Named Group of the Year in Law360 2020 Practice Groups of the Year Awards


The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the United States economy, with many states having legalized the use of marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes. However, inconsistent state laws, coupled with continued federal criminalization, make cannabis arguably the most complex market segment in which to operate. The cannabis industry presents a world of opportunity, but also poses a dizzying array of shifting laws, policies and practical challenges. Cozen O’Connor and our government relations affiliate, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, are attuned to these issues and the variety of contexts in which they arise. For two years running, our multidisciplinary cannabis team was recognized as one of the Cannabis Practice Groups of the Year by Law360. 

Investors, entrepreneurs, and established legal enterprises within the cannabis industry are navigating uncharted territory, facing complex and unprecedented regulatory, investment, real estate, insurance, banking, intellectual property, and employment law issues, to name just a few. As the cannabis industry expands and insiders develop new strategies to operate effectively in this complex and ever-changing marketplace, they need lawyers who understand the industry and all of its complexities. To meet this need, Cozen O’Connor has developed an interdisciplinary, national team of lawyers and government affairs professionals to guide clients through the labyrinthine landscape of financing, manufacturing, processing, distributing, marketing and retail selling of marijuana under applicable state laws.

In an arena as complex as the cannabis industry, clients do not need the added burden of having to engage multiple law firms to meet their needs. Cozen O’Connor’s cannabis industry team presents a one-stop shop, and stands ready to tackle even the most daunting challenges our clients face. Our team offers the depth and breadth of relevant experience needed to operate effectively in the cannabis industry, offering decades of experience in the areas of the law that intersect with cannabis enterprises. Further, our cannabis industry team is studded with experience on the government and regulatory front, including public affairs professionals whose fingers remain on the pulse of relevant regulatory and legislative developments and who have vast experience representing clients’ interests at the local, state and federal levels.

Cozen O’Connor is uniquely suited to meet cannabis industry clients’ needs. From its humble beginnings in the 1970s as a four-lawyer upstart, to its current status as one of the top 100 firms, with over 800 lawyers in 32 cities across two continents, Cozen O’Connor holds tenacity, creativity and a strong entrepreneurial spirit as hallmarks of the firm’s identity. Our cannabis industry team will bring these qualities to bear on each client’s unique circumstances in this very unique industry. 


Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and as such it remains a federal crime to grow, sell and/or use marijuana. Any content contained herein is not intended to provide legal advice to assist with violation of any state or federal law. 



California Splits from the FDA: CBD Now Permitted in Food, Beverages and More [Alert]

October 25, 2021

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel, and Gianna Puccinelli discuss California's new law AB-45 that prohibits restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements, food, beverages, cosmetics, or pet food that contains CBD.

Is Cooperative Federalism Attainable in Cannabis Regulation? AG Weiser Seems to Think So [Alert]

September 01, 2021

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel, and Gianna Puccinelli discuss Colorado State AG's letter to Congress regarding national cannabis reform and the recently proposed legislation, and how states and the federal government have worked together in the past to enact legislation and regulations.

New Jersey’s Adult-Use Cannabis Program Licensing Begins [Alert]

August 30, 2021

Heidi Schwartz discusses the New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission's first set of rules governing the state’s adult-use cannabis program.

After Initial Rejection, Ohio AG Certifies Marijuana Legalization Law, But the Damage May Already Be Done

August 24, 2021

Marijuana legalization activists have finally won the support of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R). On Friday August 20, AG Yost approved summary language in a petition submission for a proposed law, the “Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis,” penned by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (the Coalition).

Heeding State AGs’ Perspectives on Draft Legislation May Pay Dividends [Alert]

August 02, 2021

In this Client Alert Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli discuss how monitoring state AGs’ views on draft legislation and proposed ballot initiatives can help indicate the likelihood of success of such measures.

In South Dakota, the AG and the Governor Are Sparring. What Does this Mean for Marijuana Deregulation in Other States?

July 14, 2021

As marijuana legalization rolls out across the nation, state AGs will play a critical role in the interpretation and development of marijuana policy and enforcement.

Legalization of Marijuana Gaining Momentum in Connecticut

June 01, 2021

Steve Katkov discusses legislation in Connecticut to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Minnesota Cannabis Legalization Bill Clears House of Representatives [Alert]

May 19, 2021

Steve Katkov discusses the progress of H.F. 600 in the Minnesota Legislature.

CBD Advertising Proceed with Caution to Avoid Confusion, Stay Out of State AG Crosshairs

April 29, 2021

State AG Group members, Meghan Stoppel and Mira Baylson penned an article for Cannabis Business Executive on the real threat of regulatory scrutiny and the importance of a carefully crafted marketing campaign for companies manufacturing and selling CBD.

New York State Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis Through Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act [Alert]

April 01, 2021

James Ansorge discusses New York's legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

The Ever Evolving Registrability of Trademarks for CBD Products [Alert]

March 25, 2021

Ashley Kessler, Julie Dostal, and Jonathan Gale discuss In re Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, LLC and if it opens up the opportunity for CBD products to register their trademarks with the USPTO.

Second Minnesota Adult-Use Marijuana Bill Survives House Committee [Alert]

March 02, 2021

Steve Katkov and Jon Schoenwetter discuss a Minnesota bill that would establish a framework for the legal use of recreational marijuana.

Marijuana Legalization Push May Impact PA Utilities’ Zero Tolerance Policies [Alert]

February 26, 2021

David P. Zambito and Vincent Candiello discuss how Pennsylvania’s regulated public utilities would be impacted by the legalization of marijuana and if they are not permitted to continue their zero-tolerance drug use policies for employees involved in the operation of critical infrastructure.

New Jersey Becomes 14th State to Legalize Recreational Cannabis [Alert]

February 25, 2021

Heidi Schwartz discusses the three bills signed by Governor Murphy that establish New Jersey's recreation cannabis program.

California Adopts Emergency Cannabis Regulations [Alert]

February 17, 2021

Susy Forbath and Thomas Casparian discuss the emergency regulations implementing processes for cannabis businesses to authorize the California Bureau of Cannabis to share licensee information with financial institutions.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Denies Medical Marijuana Accommodation for Nursing Student

December 03, 2020

Ben Shechtman discusses the first-of-its-kind decision by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court that the MMA did not require a nursing school to accommodate a student’s use of medical marijuana under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

States of Flux — What Employers Need to Know About Election 2020 and New State Laws [Alert]

November 23, 2020

David Barron, Joseph Quinn, Jake Rubinstein, Di Addy Tang, Peter Ennis, Adam Gutmann, and Anne discuss various state laws that may impact employers.

Cannabis Legalization Sweeps the United States [Alert]

November 05, 2020

Heidi Schwartz and Lindsey Stillwell discuss the cannabis measures that passed on November 3. 2020

Cannabis Ballot Initiatives to Watch [Alert]

October 29, 2020

Heidi Schwartz discusses five states' initiatives to legalize recreational or medicinal cannabis — or both ― that could help raise millions of dollars of needed tax revenue.


October 21, 2020

With the 2020 presidential election just days away, the future of cannabis legalization will likely rest on the shoulders of whoever is sitting in the Oval Office on January 20, 2021. So where do Donald Trump and Joe Biden stand with respect to the Cannabis industry? The Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies team brings you perspectives from both sides of the election spectrum.

Governor Wolf Proposes Legalization of Recreational Cannabis [Alert]

August 25, 2020

James Davis and Heidi Schwartz discuss Governor Wolf's COVID-19-related relief programs that includes legalizing recreational marijuana to fund portions of the programs.

Are Your Old Cannabis and CBD Contracts Enforceable? Maybe Not. [Alert]

July 09, 2020

Brett Taylor discusses the California Appellate Court's decision in Susan Metsch et al. v. Jesse Heinowitz et al.

Pennsylvania Courts May Not Deny Those Under Court Supervision Access to Medical Marijuana [Alert]

June 22, 2020

Tom Wilkinson and Ryan Kelly discuss the firm's recent win before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Controlled Substances, CBD and COVID-19 [Alert]

April 10, 2020

Ashley Kessler and Jon Gale discuss recent developments on the state and federal levels that impact the cannabis industry.

Court Finds Implied Wrongful Discharge Cause of Action Under PA Medical Marijuana Act [Alert]

January 30, 2020

George Voegele and Adam Gutmann discuss the Palmiter v. Commonwealth Health Systems, et al., case and what employers in Pennsylvania need to know.

PA Cannabis Legislation to Watch in 2020 [Alert]

January 22, 2020

Heidi Schwartz and Germain DeMartinis discuss possible big changes coming Pennsylvania for cannabis businesses and individuals who use cannabis products.

NJ Court of Appeals OKs Reimbursement of Employee Medical Marijuana Costs [Alert]

January 22, 2020

Adam C. Gutmann discusses the decision in Hager v. M & K Constr and the nationwide trend towards broad acknowledgement of the peaceful coexistence of states' medical marijuana law and federal law.

New Federal Hemp Regulations: What Businesses Should Know to Comply

December 02, 2019

Less than one year after hemp production was legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its proposed industrial hemp regulations. These eagerly anticipated regulations establish a proposed federal domestic hemp production program, as authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill.

Landmark Cannabis Legislation Approved by Judiciary Committee

November 25, 2019

Lindsey Stillwell and Joseph Bedwick discuss the MORE Act and what happens with the legislation now.

First to File, First to Amend or First to Use Hemp Products [Alert]

October 14, 2019

Ashley Kessler reviews trademark applicant process for hemp and hemp-derived CBD products and how date of “first use anywhere” and “date of first use in commerce” could impact who gets the trademark.

Cannabis and CBD Companies One Step Closer to Federally Legal Banking Services [Alert]

October 07, 2019

Germain DeMartinis discusses the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019, what happens next, and what this means for the cannabis industry.

Calif. Executive Order Impacts Vaporizers, the Cannabis Industry’s Fastest Growing Product Segment [Alert]

September 20, 2019

Germain DeMartinis discusses implications for vaporizer manufacturers and licensed retailers of vaporizers.

Marijuana in the Workplace [Gaming Law Review]

September 11, 2019

Christopher Kelly co-authored an article discussing the methods by which states have chosen to legalize marijuana and the federal government's approaches to legalization, as well as what protections employees who use have both from disability discrimination and to be accommodated under state and federal law, and what sorts of testing are legally and practically possible.

Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act – What You Need to Know [Alert]

August 16, 2019

Adam Gutmann and Anna Wermuth discuss what employers should do to comply with the new Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

What Marketers Should Know About the Regulation of CBD-Based Products

August 05, 2019

Richard Fama & Kristin Keehan discuss the different regulatory bodies as well as various state laws that create these challenges for companies marketing CBD-containing products.

CBD-Based Products: What Marketers Should Know in Today's Uncertain Regulatory Landscape [Cannabis Business Executive]

July 15, 2019

Richard Fama and Kristin Keehan contributed an article to CBE discussing the high demands of CBD-containing products along with concerns from the FDA.

Why CBD-infused food and beverages could be ripe for a labelling class action [World Trademark Review]

June 13, 2019

Edward Weisz wrote about the legal landscape for food and beverage manufacturers looking to enter the hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) market.

CBD Is Still Not Free (To Register): An Update on Trademark Registration Guidelines for Cannabis Products [Alert]

May 06, 2019

The USPTO issued an examination guide on May 2, 2019 regarding the examination of trademarks for cannabis and cannabis-related goods and services after the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Guide answers some questions about how applications are going to be reviewed going forward, and how current pending applications are going to be reviewed, but also opens up a whole host of additional questions and uncertainties.

New Jersey Federal Court Finds That Employee Medical Marijuana Use Need Not Be Accommodated at Work

January 17, 2019

George Voegele and Ben Shechtman discuss a New Jersey court's dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and retaliation and what this could mean for other states including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Connecticut.

Medical Marijuana Poses ADA Risks For Pa. Health Care Cos. [Law360]

December 06, 2018

Mariah Passarelli, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for Law360 discussing the top 10 pitfalls of health care employers pertaining to the ADA, the MMA, and the crossroads between these two complicated statutes.

Gaps in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Law [The Journal of Lancaster General Hospital]

December 03, 2018

Danielle Sapega wrote about the rise of medical marijuana and the growing trends.

Alerted states for cannabis brands [Intellectual Property Magazine]

November 30, 2018

Edward Weisz and Alanna Miller, both of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property department, published an article in Intellectual Property Magazine, exploring the United States legal landscape for cannabis brands.

The ADA and Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Top 5 Pitfalls for Healthcare Employers

November 20, 2018

Mariah Passarelli, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association on the crossroads facing the ADA and the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act.

Can Canadians Enter US For Cannabis-Related Business? [Law360]

November 16, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, wrote an article in Law360 about the impact on Canadians that are involved in a cannabis business entering the United States.

Business Deductions Up In Smoke [Cannabis Alert]

October 11, 2018

Heidi Schwartz and Richard Silpe discuss three cases published this past summer that provide guidance to cannabis businesses and their owners in preparing their federal income tax returns. These cases turn on the application of IRC Section 280E, which precludes taxpayers from deducting any expense relating to a business that consists of trafficking in cannabis.

U.S. Travel Issues for Professionals Working in the Cannabis Industry [Alert]

September 25, 2018

Scott Bettridge warns Canadian professionals employed in the cannabis industry that travel to the United States may not lead to routine entry and should continue to exercise caution on any upcoming travels.

Governor Wolf Signs Amendment to PA Medical Marijuana Act [Health Law Informer Blog]

July 05, 2018

On June 22, 2018 Governor Wolf signed HB 2477 (“Amendment”) into law breathing new life into Chapter 20 of the Medical Marijuana Act (“Act”), the country’s first-of-its-kind law for cannabis research. This follows Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough’s May 22, 2018 issuance of a preliminary...

SBA Anti-Cannabis Lending Policy Creates Obstacles for Non-Cannabis Businesses [Cannabis Alert]

June 26, 2018

Heidi Schwartz discusses the updated SBA policy prohibiting lending to marijuana and hemp-related businesses — and to businesses that work with them.

STATES Act Would Exempt Legal Cannabis from Controlled Substances Act [Cannabis Alert]

June 18, 2018

On June 7, Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., introduced a bill that would permit states to pass their own marijuana laws without interference from the federal government. The bill is a bipartisan response to the steps taken by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse Obama-era protections for cannabis businesses that are operating in compliance with state cannabis laws.

Pay Attention To The Law And The Science Of Cannabidiol

May 09, 2018

Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer, members of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "Pay Attention To The Law And The Science Of Cannabidiol," for Law360.

The Beltway Briefing Policy Spotlight Call – The Politics & Policy of Cannabis

April 25, 2018

On today’s call, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, Jim Davis, Allison Wils, and Blake Rutherford of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies walked through the current marijuana policy landscape, examining the Trump Administration’s impact on the industry, the complexity of conflicting state and federal laws, and the myriad ways the issue has evolved.

Federal Judge to Rule on “Fundamental Clash” Between PA’s Medical Marijuana Act and Federal Law [Cannabis Alert]

March 15, 2018

Thomas G. Wilkinson and Thomas M. O’Rourke discuss a case pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that could seriously undermine the ability of medical marijuana businesses to operate.

Federal Budget Deal Reaffirms Executive Legislative Branch Split in Legalized Medical Marijuana Policy [Cannabis Alert]

February 12, 2018

Thomas M. O’Rourke and Nicole Sprinzen discuss how the budget deal affects the cannabis industry.

Sessions Jeopardizes Safe Haven for Cannabis Industry [Cannabis Alert]

January 11, 2018

Robert Lee and Heidi Schwartz discuss the possible impact of Attorney General Sessions recision of the Cole Memo on the Cannabis Industry.

Lawsuit Seeks to Shut Down Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program Before It Even Sets Up Shop [Cannabis Alert]

December 06, 2017

Tom Wilkinson discusses Keystone ReLeaf's request for an injunction against the state’s medical marijuana program after it was denied one of 12 coveted grower/processor permits granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Sessions Targets Pot, But Six Bills Could Keep the Industry Rolling [Cannabis Industry Alert]

September 29, 2017

In May, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions sent a letter to Congress that zeroed in on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, a cornerstone of federal cannabis legislation that has handcuffed the Department of Justice from using its resources to enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in states with marijuana-legalization laws.

Zoning Hurdles for Budding Pennsylvania Cannabis Businesses [Cannabis Alert]

August 09, 2017

Bob Careless discusses how Pennsylvania municipalities are handling zoning cannabis related businesses.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Medical Marijuana: A Follow-Up

April 05, 2022 - Zoom

Cannabis Aisle

June 24, 2020 - Webinar

Health Law 2020

December 04, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Marijuana in the Workplace

November 15, 2019 - Atlantic City, NJ

What’s Trending in Labor and Employment Law

May 23, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA

Business Issues in the Cannabis Industry

April 09, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN

Current Topics in Cannabis and CBD

March 26, 2019 - Santa Monica, CA

Health Law 2019

December 05, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

2017 Health Law Year In Review

December 06, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Labor and Employment Relations Association

November 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Legal Guide to PA Medical Marijuana Act

October 18, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

In The News

‘The Clash Between State and Federal Law in the Cannabis Industry’: 4 Key Takeaways on Federal Policy Reform Efforts

June 24, 2022

Joseph Bedwick and Patrick Martin were quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing the future of federal cannabis policy reform.

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

Marijuana Laws and the 2022 Workplace

March 31, 2022

Christopher Kelly was quoted in SHRM discussing marijuana laws and their impact on the workplace.

Cannabis Practices Sprout as Big Law Firms Follow the Money

September 21, 2021

Joe Bedwick spoke with Bloomberg Law about working for the firm's cannabis industry group.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

New York, New Jersey Marijuana Legalization May Spark Flurry of Commercial Real Estate Activity

May 16, 2021

Steve Katkov discusses the potential increase in commercial real estate activities in New York and New Jersey if marijuana is legalized in those states in CoStar News.

In New Jersey and New York, Towns Can Block Growth of Marijuana Businesses

April 14, 2021

Steve Katkov discusses how towns in New Jersey and New York can block the growth of the marijuana business in CoStar News.

Cozen O'Connor Represents Underwriters in Cannabis Finance REIT Readies $100M IPO

February 03, 2021

AFC Gamma, a Florida-based real estate investment trust that finances cannabis ventures, set terms for a roughly $100 million initial public offering.

CBD Industry Awaits Action From New Dem-Led Congress

February 01, 2021

Patrick Martin was quoted in Law360 discussing a CBD bill that is about to be reintroduced.

How Will Evolving Marijuana Laws Impact the Workplace in 2021?

January 13, 2021

Mariah Passarelli was quoted in SHRM discussing the impact the Biden administration could have on the workplace and marijuana laws.

Pot Legalization Still Faces Hurdles After Senate Flip

January 06, 2021

Patrick Martin was quoted in Law360 discussing the future of the cannabis industry now that the Senate is Democrat.

Cannabis Team Named Group of the Year in Law360 2020 Practice Groups of the Year Awards

December 01, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that the firm has been named a Law360 2020 Practice Group of the Year in Cannabis.

How U.S. House, Senate Results Could Influence Cannabis Legislation

November 11, 2020

Patrick Martin was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing the impact the Senate could have on the cannabis industry.

Cannabis On The 2020 Ballot Could Affect Neighboring States

November 02, 2020

Mark Alderman was quoted in Forbes discussing the states that will vote on legalizing recreational and medical cannabis.

Thomas O’Rourke Named to the National Law Journal’s List of Cannabis Law Trailblazers

September 01, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Thomas O’Rourke, a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been named to the National Law Journal’s list of Cannabis Law Trailblazers.

Cannabis Industry Awaits U.S. House Vote on the MORE Act

August 03, 2020

Patrick Martin was quoted in Cannabis Dispensary Magazine discussing Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act that would federally decriminalize cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act, and cannabis industry stakeholders are taking notice.

Thomas O’Rourke Named Law360 Rising Star in Cannabis

July 08, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Thomas O’Rourke, member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation department, has been named a Law360 “Rising Star” in the Cannabis category.

NYC Proposed Rules Would Allow More Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

May 20, 2020

George Voegele was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing a proposed changed to New York City's ban on pre-employment cannabis testing.

COVID-19 And Marijuana: Can Cannabis Municipal Bonds Help Government Budgets?

April 07, 2020

Steve Katkov discusses how Cannabis Based Municipal Bonds (CMBs) could offer relief for governments and financial institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Forbes.

Coronavirus and Cannabis: Assessing the Current Challenges and Long-Term Impacts for the Industry

March 25, 2020

Joe Bedwick discussed with Cannabis Business Times about some of the broader trends he’s seeing in the market, the frequently asked questions from his clients, and what the industry might look like at the end of the global pandemic.

For Hemp Industry, USDA's THC Rules A High-Stakes Misstep

February 14, 2020

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing comments submitted in response to the initial version of the USDA’s industrial hemp regulations, released last October.

3 Tips For Crafting Workplace Cannabis Policies

November 01, 2019

Debra Friedman was quoted in Law360 discussing pre-employment testing policies.

California employers wrestle with drug testing after cannabis legalization

August 14, 2019

Debra Friedman was quoted in the North Bar Business Journal about how the legalization of cannabis impacts businesses managing pre-employment drug-testing.

Hazy Regulations, Huge Reward

March 13, 2019

Rich Fama discussed with Marijuana Ventures the rise of CBD products and the lack of clarity at the federal level on regulating CBD.

Marijuana Legalization Raises Workplace Safety Worries

February 13, 2019

George Voegele discussed with Politico how the legalization of marijuana in states will likely make it more difficult for cannabis employers to find trained staff, who must pass certain background checks and receive approval by state's marijuana regulatory bodies.

Outside Counsel: Federal Trademarks Still Difficult to Obtain for Cannabis Companies

February 08, 2019

Edward Weisz discussed with Corporate Counsel how different strains of cannabis can be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the federal patent law which allows for patents to be places on plants.

6 Fundamentals of Structuring a Multi-Million-Dollar Cannabis Deal

January 17, 2019

Joe Bedwick, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice, was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing how companies can be prepared to negotiate their terms.

Cozen O’Connor Advises Cannabis Industry Leader, Acreage Holdings, Inc., in $160 Million Acquisition of Form Factory, Inc.

January 02, 2019

Acreage will issue approximately 6.4 million Subordinate Voting Shares to Form Factory shareholders at a deemed price of $25 (USD) per share. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

What's Next as Pot Nears Legalization in NJ?

December 09, 2018

David Hackett, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, appeared on NBC10 @ Issue discussing the potential legalization of marijuana in New Jersey with host, Rosemary Connors.

What Canada's Marijuana Law Means For Travelers And Businesses

October 22, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, did a question and answer in Forbes discussing the recent impact on immigration with the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Pot Topics: Canada legalizes cannabis; Colorado pot sales top 1B

October 21, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, was quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times discussing the recent impact on immigration with the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

The Breakdown with Toni Waterman - Oct 18th 2018

October 18, 2018

Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, interviewed with ZBM 9 News of the Bermuda Broadcasting Company about the impact of that the legalization of cannabis has on the insurance industry.

Regulatory roundup

October 18, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, was quoted in Politico discussing the recent impact on immigration with the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Will legal marijuana get thousands of people banned from entering the U.S. from Canada?

October 16, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, spoke with USA Today about the legalization of marijuana across Canada and the widespread fear that U.S. border guards will block Canadians working in the cannabis industry from traveling south into the United States.

Citigroup Requests California Dispensary Citidank Stop Infringing on Trademark

April 19, 2018

Ed Weisz, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property department, discussed in Cannabis Dispensary Magazine about the trademark infringement disputes of Citigroup and a California dispensary.

Marijuana Insurers in Holding Pattern After Sessions Memo [Business Insurance]

April 17, 2018

Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, was quoted in the Business Insurance article, Marijuana Insurers in Holding Patter After Sessions Memo.

The Golden State Rules

April 04, 2018

Tom Casparian, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was recently quoted in Cannabis Business Times's article, "The Golden State Rules."

Philly Council panel wants to develop workplace guidelines on medical marijuana

March 14, 2018

George Voegele, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was invited to discuss the intersection of medical marijuana and the law during a session at Philadelphia City Hall.

Philly-Area Law Firms Bullish on Cannabis Despite Grave Legal Risks

August 21, 2017

Joe Bedwick, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice, discusses Philadelphia area law firms setting up cannabis practices on


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Cannabis Team Named Group of the Year in Law360 2020 Practice Groups of the Year Awards

December 01, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that the firm has been named a Law360 2020 Practice Group of the Year in Cannabis.

Thomas O’Rourke Named Law360 Rising Star in Cannabis

July 08, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Thomas O’Rourke, member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation department, has been named a Law360 “Rising Star” in the Cannabis category.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

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