Environmental, Energy & Sustainability

Hemp and Medical Cannabis

As the legalization and regulation of Kentucky’s Medical Cannabis program unfolds, cultivators, processors, dispensaries, and medical cannabis practitioners must navigate a wide array of legal challenges and respond to evolving—and often times conflicting—federal and state mandates. With an attorney appointed to the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee by the Governor of Kentucky and attorneys experienced in the Hemp Industry Practice, Stites & Harbison is well-equipped to advise both individuals and businesses involved in the hemp and medical cannabis industries. Our clients include farmers, processors, distributors, lenders, investors, and suppliers of ancillary products and services.

Stites & Harbison’s Hemp Industry services include:

  • Capital formation activities
  • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution
  • Corporate formation and structure
  • Data privacy and security
  • Drafting and negotiating of contracts/operating agreements
  • Economic development and incentives
  • Employment and employee benefit matters
  • Environmental matters impacting air, land, or water
  • Health care licensing
  • Insurance coverage
  • Intellectual property protection including trademarks, patents, and branding
  • Investigations and enforcement
  • Licensing agreements
  • Licensing and permitting
  • Partnerships and operating agreements
  • Product liability litigation
  • Real estate transactions including commercial leasing, construction, zoning, and land use
  • Regulatory compliance (federal, state and local)
  • Tax planning and advice

Our firm maintains the breadth of experience necessary to provide our medical cannabis and hemp-related clients with the complex and diverse legal services required in their industry.

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Governor Beshear Signs Measure to Begin Medical Cannabis Licensing Six Months Ahead of Schedule

On April 17, 2024, Governor Andy Beshear signed House Bill 829 (“HB 829”) into law amending aspects of the Commonwealth’s budding Medical Cannabis Program (“Program”). Among other provisions, HB 829 expedites the licensing process for medical cannabis businesses. Jennifer Cave takes a look at the bill in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Jennifer J. Cave April 29, 2024
Press Releases

Jennifer Cave Appointed Chair of Stites & Harbison's Environmental, Energy & Sustainability Service Group

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Jennifer J. Cave has been appointed Chair of the firm’s Environmental, Energy & Sustainability Service Group.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 09, 2024
Client Alerts

Kentucky Begins Implementation and Possible Expansion of Medical Cannabis Program

Governor Andy Beshear began his second term by announcing significant progress towards the full implementation of the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program (KMCP), Senate Bill 47. The KMCP legalized marijuana for medicinal use in the Commonwealth for qualifying patients with a qualifying medical condition. By law, the program goes into effect on January 1, 2025. Jennifer Cave takes a look at what this means in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Jennifer J. Cave January 08, 2024
Press Releases

Governor Beshear Appoints Jenny Cave to Kentucky Horse Park Commission

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Governor Andy Beshear has appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Jennifer Cave to the Kentucky Horse Park Commission. She will serve a four-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 11, 2023