Legalized recreational and medical use of marijuana is now prevalent among a significant majority of United States jurisdictions. Because of this sea change in statutes, the cannabis industry is now the fastest growing industry in North America and presents cannabis growers, retailers and service providers with unique issues and opportunities as well as requiring the consideration of those more traditional business and legal issues.
Pullman has developed a team of skilled attorneys to assist medical and recreational marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), and other hemp clients in need of advice ranging from regulatory compliance, intellectual property licensing agreements, supply agreements, facility siting issues, acquisitions, mergers and sales, and equity investments and structurings.
Our attorneys were among the first in Connecticut to help growers navigate the permitting process with the Department of Consumer Protection after medical marijuana was legalized in the state in 2012.
Our team offers a full range of legal services that intersect with businesses, industries and government entities. These include cannabis business formation, licensure, corporate structuring, fund formation, debt and equity financing, tax, real estate acquisitions and leasing, zoning and land use, labor and employment issues, HIPAA and intellectual property protection.
Our Business and Finance attorneys help growers through the application and approval process and continue to represent one of the first four Connecticut producers when called upon to assist with its expansion plans. Our Tax attorneys have obtained two favorable tax rulings from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, confirming the exemption from the Connecticut Sales and Use Tax of medical marijuana testing services. Additionally, our Labor and Employment Law attorneys routinely advise traditional employers on how laws related to the use of medical and recreational marijuana affect employment policies and practices.
*Cultivating, possessing and selling cannabis are all still illegal under United States federal law. Our firm limits its services to advising our clients with respect to the meaning and application of the laws and regulations in Connecticut and other states in which we are admitted to practice where cannabis has been legalized. This firm will not provide advice that is intended to assist anyone in a violation of federal law.
Andrew Glassman, chair of the Cannabis, CBD and Hemp practice at Pullman & Comley (pictured second from the left), has been named 2022 Attorney of the Year by the Connecticut Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. Glassman was recognized at the sold-out “Together We Grow 2022” event on Dec. 7 at the Hartford Club.
News & Insights
- Hartford Business Journal, 10.26.2022
- Law360, 10.03.2022
- The Hartford Courant, 05.27.2022
- Marijuana Mind Podcast, 04.27.2022
- 1080 WTIC NewsTalk, 02.14.2022
- Andrew C. Glassman Quoted in Hartford Business Journal on DCP Recreational Marijuana Law Affecting Connecticut MunicipalitiesHartford Business Journal, 01.21.2022
- Law360 Pulse, 01.04.2022
- Andrew Glassman Discusses Connecticut's Social Equity in the Cannabis Industry with E-Newsletter Grown InGrown In, 11.10.2021
- Pullman & Comley Attorneys Quoted in Fairfield County Business Journal on New Adult-Use Cannabis Policy in CTFairfield County Business Journal, 10.16.2021
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 10.05.2021
- Megan Carannante Talks with the Connecticut Law Tribune on How Employers Have the Upper Hand with New Legalization of Recreational MarijuanaConnecticut Law Tribune, 08.06.2021
- Andrew Glassman Quoted in Hartford Business Journal on the Emerging Cannabis Industry in ConnecticutHartford Business Journal, 07.26.2021
- Megan Carannante Talks with NBC CT about Impact of Legalized Recreational Cannabis on Connecticut Employers07.01.2021
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 07.01.2021
- Hartford Business Journal, 05.31.2021
- NewHavenBIZ, 05.05.2021
- Megan Y. Carannante Discusses Need to Revisit Workplace Policies as Debate Over Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Heats UpFairfield and Westchester County Business Journals, 05.03.2021
- Megan Y. Carannante and Zachary Zeid Address Employers' Obligations Beginning July 1 Regarding Recreational CannabisHartford Business Journal and New Haven Biz, 06.27.2022
- Fairfield County Business Journal, 03.20.2022
- Connecticut DCP Clarifies that Municipalities with Fewer than 25,000 Residents Can Host One Licensed Retail Cannabis Facility and One Micro Cultivation Facility12.16.2021
- Clarity for a Budding Industry: Connecticut Cannabis Social Equity Council Identifies Disproportionately Impacted Areas08.27.2021
- Hartford Business Journal, 08.09.2021
- Under the new recreational use statute, our attorneys are:
- Assisting Social Equity Applicants(SEA) and other non-SEAs applying for the lottery
- Advising numerous licensee hopefuls with completing their applications for licensure
- Setting up cultivation facility entities and assisting clients in the filing of applications
- Seeking licenses on behalf of Joint Ventures.
- Pullman was a leader in the early days of the medical cannabis space in Connecticut, when it was first legalized in 2012. In December 2021, we sold a dispensary to Verano Holdings, a publicly-traded (in Canada) multistate operator.
- Over the past year we have been involved in the sale of a medical cannabis producer and have handled purchases and sales of interest in producers and dispensaries.
- Employers receive guidance from our Labor and Employment attorneys on recommended changes to their workplace policies to accommodate the new laws governing recreational cannabis use.
- Municipalities turn to us for counsel on planning and zoning issues as well as tax revenue opportunities.
In 2012, Connecticut legalized the production and distribution of medical marijuana (MMJ) to registered patients. Since then, P&C attorneys have assisted the businesses that grow, dispense and provide testing services for this limited-use drug, including Advanced Grow Labs, a research and production facility in West Haven.
Since medical marijuana was legalized in Connecticut, our attorneys have assisted the businesses that grow, dispense and provide testing services for this limited-use drug, while also advising employers grappling with employment policies and practices that need to be modified to meet the new statute guidelines.