The Zoghlin Group offers a range of cannabis/marijuana and hemp related services for municipalities and cultivators/farmers, processors, and vendors:
Special Counsel – Marijuana Law and Policy
Counselling on municipal policy priorities and goals.
Researching and drafting white papers or other policy papers.
Drafting Marijuana Laws
Assistance in drafting local cannabis/marijuana legislation related to land use, zoning, environmental, and municipal law issues.
Advising municipalities on how to properly adopt local laws and amend zoning codes to address cannabis/marijuana and hemp related issues, including environmental reviews and procedural requirements for adoption of legally defensible laws and regulations.
Municipal Defense Counsel
Defending municipalities in Article 78 proceedings and/or declaratory judgment actions challenging, for example, the adoption of local laws, the denial of permits, the adequacy of environmental reviews, and/or zoning decisions related to cannabis/marijuana regulations.
Due Diligence - Legal Viability of Cannabis/Marijuana Development:
Review of state and local laws and regulations to identify and advise on relevant restrictions on cultivation, processing, or sale in your project area.
Zoning and Land-Use Permit Applications:
Site plan and other local land use applications to municipal boards to obtain approvals for cannabis/marijuana farms or processing/cultivation facilities.
Appearance before local boards, including planning boards, zoning boards, town boards, and boards of appeal.
Negotiation of approval conditions.
Administrative appeals of initial denials of local approvals.
Court Actions: Prosecuting Article 78 petitions and/or hybrid declaratory judgment actions challenging denials of zoning approvals or permit/licenses applications.
Retail Permits and Licenses:
Preparation of Permit/License and other Applications to state and local agencies.
Administrative appeals of initial denials of permits, licenses, or other required approvals.
Court Actions: Prosecuting Article 78 petitions and/or hybrid declaratory judgment actions challenging denials of licenses, permits, or other approvals.
Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions:
Assistance in responding to government investigations, notices of violation, or other administrative enforcement actions (but not criminal investigations or prosecutions).
Response to subpoenas or other requests for information.
Defence counsel in administrative proceedings.
Defence against private lawsuits.
Negotiating with adverse parties to resolve and settle lawsuits.
Appealing adverse court decisions as needed to higher courts.
For more information about our cannabis/marijuana practice group, or for inquiries related to these practice areas, please contact Jacob H. Zoghlin or Mindy L. Zoghlin.