Justin Swanson

Bose McKinney & Evans assists clients through the entire supply chain of the evolving and complex legal cannabis industry. We leverage our comprehensive, real world experience to assess and effectively navigate the ever-changing landscape of laws and regulations impacting cannabusinesses.

The Bose McKinney & Evans Cannabusiness Group is a multidisciplinary team of professionals who have a breadth of experience and knowledge. Our experience includes advising individuals and organizations related to this emerging industry, such as entrepreneurs, agribusinesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, governments, investors, suppliers, clone and seed dealers, and transporters.

Regulatory and Licensing

  • Licensure to grow and process hemp
  • Licensure to transport hemp
  • Licensure to manufacture Low THC Hemp products
  • Ongoing compliance with federal, state and local regulations
  • Compliance requirements for financial institutions


  • Entity formation and control and financial strategies
  • Financing and financing documentation
  • Intellectual property, including trademarks, patents; and licensing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Partnerships and operating agreements
  • Private equity
  • Tax and tax incentives

Government Relations

  • Federal, state and local lobbying and advocacy through Bose Public Affairs Group
  • Guidance on federal, state and local laws
  • Regulation updates
  • Strategic communications

Labor and Employment

  • Employee policies and handbooks
  • Drafting and enforcing employment, non-compete, trade secret and severance agreements
  • Avoiding and defending discrimination, wrongful discharge and other employment-related charges and lawsuits
  • Representing clients before federal, state and local administrative agencies such as the EEOC, NLRB, DOL, OFCCP, OSHA and ICRC
  • Advising on laws and regulations affecting employers, including affirmative action, wage and hour compliance, military leave requirements, and unemployment and compensation
  • Counseling clients on disciplinary issues, reasonable accommodations under the ADA, and preventing and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Management training
  • National Labor Relations Board


  • General corporate disputes
  • Intellectual property, including trademark and patent infringement
  • Labor and employment disputes
  • Licensing

 Real Estate and Construction

  • Construction contracts
  • Environmental concerns, including brownfields
  • Financing
  • Leasing
  • Zoning
  • Property tax abatements

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