Dear reader,

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Cannabis Law Journal, published by the Cannabis Law Report, a global information service for lawyers and business professionals.

The Cannabis Law Journal is a new and exciting quarterly online publication offering commentary and analysis of current and emerging issues arising from the legalization of Cannabis and the continued growth of the Cannabis industry, including medical and recreational marijuana and hemp.

Each quarterly issue will feature articles from lawyers, law makers, and other experts from around the world, including those who are on the frontline of cannabis law and business. Each will provide insights and thought leadership for the international legal and business community.

As we are all discovering, and especially so in the United States, the experiment of legalization has opened a Pandora’s box of issues for lawyers. Whilst marijuana continues to remain illegal under U.S. federal law, within a short time frame three US states have implemented fully regulated environments governing both medical and recreational marijuana, and nearly 70% of states have enacted, or are considering, legislation authorizing marijuana for medical use.

In Australia, for example, some believe that what is a somewhat flawed medical marijuana legislation has come into play on both a Federal and State level. (See the article penned by Loren Wiener, “Australia Cannabis Law Reform 2015 -2016 – Favoring Pharmaceuticals and Not Patients”).

It’s important to know that at the Cannabis Law Journal we don’t intend to focus only on the big players as the subject is also being debated from Bermuda to Bulgaria and back to Panama, and by small law firms and businesses as well as multinational law firms and corporations.

We look forward to bringing you a fuller picture worldwide as the various facets of the industry and market develop and legal and regulatory issues are addressed.

Whether the issues relate to production, banking, environmental impact, international trade, IP, product marketing, or the myriad other topic that are popping up, the Cannabis Law Journal will bringing you an international perspective to help you understand and analyze issues impacting your practice.

Sean Hocking

Editor, Cannabis Law Journal

The Cannabis Law Journal is published by the Cannabis Law Report (cannabislaw.report) team.

Sean Hocking, Editor / Co Founder
Ellen Siegel, Law Content / Co-Founder
John Taylor, Technology / Co-Founder
Joanne Nagano, Business Development / Co-Founder

Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers

Cannabis Law Journal – Contributing Authors

Editor – Sean Hocking

Author Bios

Matt Maurer – Minden Gross
Jeff Hergot – Wildboer Dellelce LLP

Costa Rica
Tim Morales – The Cannabis Industry Association Costa Rica

Elvin Rodríguez Fabilena


Julie Godard
Carl L Rowley -Thompson Coburn LLP

Jerry Chesler – Chesler Consulting

Ian Stewart – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Otis Felder – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Lance Rogers – Greenspoon Marder – San Diego
Jessica McElfresh -McElfresh Law – San Diego
Tracy Gallegos – Partner – Fox Rothschild

Adam Detsky – Knight Nicastro
Dave Rodman – Dave Rodman Law Group
Peter Fendel – CMR Real Estate Network
Nate Reed – CMR Real Estate Network

Matthew Ginder – Greenspoon Marder
David C. Kotler – Cohen Kotler

William Bogot – Fox Rothschild

Valerio Romano, Attorney – VGR Law Firm, PC

Neal Gidvani – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder
Phillip Silvestri – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder

Tracy Gallegos – Associate Fox Rothschild

New Jersey

Matthew G. Miller – MG Miller Intellectual Property Law LLC
Daniel T. McKillop – Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC

New York
Gregory J. Ryan, Esq. Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Tim Nolen Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Paul Loney & Kristie Cromwell – Loney Law Group
William Stewart – Half Baked Labs

Andrew B. Sacks – Managing Partner Sacks Weston Diamond
William Roark – Principal Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin
Joshua Horn – Partner Fox Rothschild

Washington DC
Teddy Eynon – Partner Fox Rothschild