As more cities, states and businesses are confronting growth in emerging industries that are subject to intense public scrutiny and governmental regulation, Brownstein’s team can help map out a strategy based on practical experience and a proven legal framework.
Communities and public and private entities are facing significant legal and practical challenges related to the use of cannabis, powdered alcohol, e-cigarettes and other new, but quickly expanding, industries that have high consumer demand. Brownstein’s Emerging Regulated Industries (ERI) practice group is made up of seasoned attorneys and policy advisors with extensive knowledge in this unique arena. ERI’s clients are not marijuana industry companies. Rather, our clients include hospitality companies such as theme parks, hotels, cruise lines, casinos and dining venues, as well as universities, hospitals, healthcare companies, pharmaceutical conglomerates, state and city governments and law enforcement agencies. We assist these entities when they are facing legal uncertainty about how marijuana-permissive laws apply to their operations, the rapid pace of changing laws and regulations at the state and federal level and implementing or complying with current regulations while still meeting strategic goals in an often contentious and time-sensitive environment.
Brownstein has significant experience in this area given that Colorado was the first state to legalize cannabis. Whether your goals are keeping a substance-free workplace, protecting your community, lawfully operating across various jurisdictions, or monitoring lobbying efforts to influence law or regulations, our attorneys and policy professionals have worked in multiple states facing these issues. From ballot initiatives and legislative proposals to employment law, our team can help you navigate the uncharted waters with a plan tailored specifically to your needs. We have extensive experience working on these issues specifically in Colorado, California, Nevada and Washington, D.C.