Medical Marijuana & Industrial Hemp

Our attorneys have been helping clients navigate the emerging medical marijuana industry since the end of 2016, with a focus on regulatory guidance, legislative lobbying and employment concerns.

Whether you are a cultivator, processor or dispensary, or an Arkansas-based employer, we can guide you through this uncharted legal landscape.


Since Arkansas legalized medical marijuana in November of 2016, a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys began working to advise our clients on the diverse range of issues raised by the emerging program. We offer experienced counsel and representation on every aspect of medical marijuana in Arkansas, including:

  • Updating employment policies and HR practices;
  • Advising traditional businesses on issues raised by transactions with a medical marijuana business;
  • Assisting in the application process for a medical marijuana business license;
  • Representing medical marijuana businesses before city, county and state government regulatory bodies
  • Representing entities or potential investors in a medical marijuana-related business investment, including securities compliance; and
  • Advising medical marijuana businesses on state tax compliance, Section 280E and other tax implications.

For employment-related medical marijuana issues or concerns, contact:

Stuart Jackson
wjackson@wlj.com

For all other medical marijuana matters, contact:

Erika Gee
egee@wlj.com

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Disclaimer: WLJ advises its clients on state laws regarding medical marijuana in order to facilitate compliance with those laws. Although Arkansas has decriminalized the possession, sale, and distribution of marijuana by individuals and entities that have obtained appropriate licensure from the state, the conduct decriminalized under state law remains illegal under federal law, including but not limited to the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq. Federal enforcement policy may at times defer to state law in not enforcing conflicting federal laws, but businesses and individuals should be aware that compliance with state law in no way assures compliance with federal law, and there is a risk that conflicting federal laws may change or be enforced in the future.