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Cannabis Law

As one of the most rapidly expanding industries, the legal cannabis industry is poised for local and national growth. Walter Haverfield’s attorneys lead the cannabis space by providing strategic counsel to businesses and investors on federal, state, and local regulations, and by staying abreast of the most current conflicts between state and federal law. In addition, our legal team counsels employers, physicians, governments, and others on the ever-changing updates to Ohio’s medical marijuana law and cannabis policy.

Our Cannabis Law Insight

As a full-service firm representing many companies in highly regulated industries, Walter Haverfield is uniquely positioned to meet the complex and constantly evolving needs of businesses in the cannabis space. This growing industry, which is expected to generate more than $52 billion in sales by the end of 2026, is built upon the sale of a product that is still illegal at the federal level.  However, it also requires adherence to complex regulations at the state level, such as employee use of cannabis and employer compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Our team of attorneys use their deep-bench experience in the following areas to help clients address the vast spectrum of issues related to the cultivation, processing, dispensing, and consumption of cannabis:

In addition, our practice guides clients who are not directly involved in but engage with the cannabis industry, such as financial and lending institutions and commercial property owners, among others.


Kevin Patrick Murphy, Managing Partner

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Our attorneys in our Cleveland and Columbus offices are consistently ranked and recognized by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and more. At Walter Haverfield, we pride ourselves on becoming each client’s trusted corporate advisor for all their cannabis needs.


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