We empower our clients to launch, fund, leverage, and grow the industry’s most successful cannabis and hemp businesses and brands.
In times of rapid change, we’re laser-focused on the most timely issues of the day, guided by our proven expertise and unwavering commitment to getting it right. For you. We haven’t taken a single share of our client’s stock and never will.
Dirt-to-Dollars, Seed-to-Sale, Idea-to-Exit:
No one does this better for you.
And neither should you be. Our lawyers do not rest until you have the best, most strategic advice to navigate you through the next challenge or opportunity, whether it’s a bet-the-company deal, a regulatory show-stopper, or a brand new product in a just-born market.
Women-owned and steered, we know what it’s like to chart your own course. You have to stay alert, strong, and flexible. Supported by our demonstrated experience and expertise, you can anticipate and prepare for what’s next.
No one works harder or knows this landscape better. We are here to help you get there.
Savvy, Strategic Start-ups Across the Cannabis Industry Spectrum
Established Legacy Cannabis Brands and Licensed Companies
Investors of All Shapes and Sizes, from Angels to Public Companies
Ancillary Service Providers and Technology Solutions
This is wild terrain.
With more than one way to get from here to there, you need to cut the path that keeps you headed in the right direction for the long term. That means not just closing the deal, but closing the right deal.
From supply chain relationships to startup funding, to partnering with market players to selling or buying that skyrocketing company, these are crucial decisions and relationships.
We have one objective: Crafting and closing the right deal for your goals. No exceptions.
Experts in Corporate, Leaders in Cannabis.
We help our clients maneuver successfully through all phases of the corporate life cycle, from idea to exit. The firm provides full service business and corporate counseling to new and existing cannabis and hemp businesses at all critical points: start up, financing, securities, corporate governance, business transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.
We know red tape.
Actively engaged on behalf of the industry in the regulatory implementation of the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”), we help you identify, obtain, and operate commercial cannabis licenses at the local and state level, and help you navigate the new Cannabis Appellations Program and OCal (comparable-to-organic) Program.
We’ve been here from the start and can maneuver through the minutia so you can get to work.
Cannabis deals are different. Full stop.
We are corporate experts who truly understand the nuances and regulatory analysis needed to transform an exciting opportunity into a successful transaction. We have the experience, insight, and reputation to help structure and close the right deal.
The Hemp Revolution is afoot and we are blazing the legal trails.
At the beginning of a national sea change, we excel at advising hemp farmers, processors, manufacturers, product- and market-makers during this dynamic time. Whether it’s permits and licenses, sampling and testing, distribution and transportation, or labeling and packaging – We are your Hempspert™
You know your business.
We know how to make your business relationships work.
As experts working with cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, testing labs, and retailers, we negotiate, craft and close contracts that fuel business growth while strictly complying with local and state regulations. Our experience gives our clients a leg up.
We work with clients and lawmakers to build opportunities for Black, Brown, Indigenous, LGBTQIA and Female entrepreneurs.
We work with clients and lawmakers to build opportunities for Black, Brown, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, and Female entrepreneurs. Since founding Clark Howell, we’ve been actively engaged in social justice and social equity through political advocacy, working closely with regulators on social equity ordinances and regulations, thought-leadership, and pro bono legal representation of equity-eligible applicants.
Licensed businesses need a home, and many real estate options exist to make that a reality. We handle a full range of real estate matters, including purchases and sales, commercial leases, lease-backs and other vehicles. Let us help you deepen and diversify your portfolio.
Avenues to access.
As decriminalization and research efforts expand across California and the nation for plant-based and other historically misunderstood compounds, we are actively engaged in the conversation and helping to shape policy. We can inform and prepare you for changes in the law that will support scientific research and access.
|Done & Dusted||Location|
|Lead Regulatory Counsel Structuring Canadian Public Company’s Purchase of Green Chip Retailer & Manufacturer Brands ($80MM)||Northern California|
|Canadian Fund’s Multiple Investments in Manufacturer, Distributor, Cutivator, and Nursery including Real Estate ($7.5MM)||Mendocino and Humboldt|
|Multiple Transactions for San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles |
Equity Partnerships ($20MM+)
|San Francisco, |
|Sale of Premium Extracts Brand and Licensed Manufacturer to California Firm Fund ($4.3MM)||Nevada City|
|Sale of Majority Stake in Storefront Retailer to New York Fund ($2.7MM)||Los Angeles|
|Series A Financing for Licensed Manufacturer ($4.0MM)||San Francisco|
|Family Office Placement of Investment in Major Cannabis Events Company and Brand ($3.5MM)||California|
|Formation of Cannabis Focused Venture Capital Fund ($25MM target)||California, Texas|
|Done & Dusted||Location|
|Brand Licensing Deal for Multi State Women-Owned Small Batch Edibles’s Launch into California|
Market ($2.0MM Guarantee; 18% Royalty)
|Company and Lead Regulatory Counsel Obtaining 47 State State Cultivation Licenses for California-Native Cultivator ($30MM)||Santa Barbara County|
|Obtained Equity Business Storefront Retailer Conditional Use Permit ($6.0MM)||San Francisco|
|Lead Regulatory Counsel Obtaining Approvals for Cannabis Campus Including Cultivation, Manufacturing, Distribution, & Retail Licenses ($87MM)||Desert Hot Springs|
|Lead Regulatory Counsel for California Public Company Successful Negotiating First of State’s Development Agreements for Cultivation, Manufacturing & Distribution ($15MM)||Southern California|
|Lead General & Regulatory Counsel Structuring Complex Supply Chain and Partnerships For State’s Largest Membership Delivery ($20MM+)||California|
|Lead General & Regulatory Counsel for Cutting Edge Isolated Cannabinoids Manufacturer|
& Brand ($30MM+)
|San Francisco, Santa Rosa|
|Lead Regulatory Counsel for First of State’s Licensed Cannabis Cooperatives ($1.5MM)||Nevada County|
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– Ernestine Rose
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