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Starting A Marijuana Business? You're In The Right Place.

Prior to 1996, few states allowed cannabis to be used for medical purposes and no states had legalized cannabis for recreational use. Today, about three dozen states, four U.S. territories and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. More than two dozen states have legalized recreational marijuana and more states continue to pursue marijuana legalization every year.

The change in attitudes toward medical cannabis and recreational marijuana has created endless opportunities for entrepreneurs and business-minded people. Cannabis businesses can now operate legally in a number of states, including operating as:

  • Marijuana retailers
  • Cannabis cultivators
  • Cannabis distribution & transportation
  • CBD and THC concentrate producers
  • Product testing laboratories
  • Cannabis marketing
  • Paraphernalia producers and retailers
  • Marijuana delivery providers
  • Cannabis packaging providers

What are the Land Use and Zoning Issues Involved with a Cannabis Business?

Cannabis businesses are strictly regulated regarding land use and zoning. Each state, county, and municipality may have its own regulations that limit where a cannabis business can be located and limit the type of business that can be conducted on-site. Zoning regulations and land use laws may restrict business operations in:

  • The number of marijuana production sites
  • Fencing and access
  • Retail locations near schools
  • Concentration of cannabis businesses in a certain area

Zoning laws may also limit how and where cannabis businesses can open and operate, with retail businesses permitted in commercial or industrial zones. Processing facilities may be limited to industrial zones and production may be limited to farm use, industrial farming, or small farming operations. In most states, marijuana commercial businesses are not allowed to operate in residential districts.

Other land-use restrictions may have specific requirements for marijuana businesses in time, place, and manner of operations, including:

  • Lighting
  • Security
  • Waste management
  • Minimum set-offs
  • Water use
  • Hours and access
  • Odor
  • Visibility

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In some cases, attorneys may opt to offer clients a flat-rate fee instead of a per-hour fee. This typically arises in criminal defense law as well as certain divorce court proceedings. A fee for a misdemeanor defense is usually far less than the flat fee for a felony defense. Representation on issues related to juvenile offenses and traffic offenses may cost you less than the representation on situations involving corporate law or bankruptcies.

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