Cannabis Law

The Law Offices of Joseph A. Bondy provides counsel and strategic consulting to companies, entrepreneurs and investors involved in the legal cannabis and hemp industry, across a wide spectrum of issues. Our clients have included cultivators, processors, dispensaries, ancillary businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, medical marijuana patients, and medical marijuana professionals. The Office also offers due diligence on the regulatory and business considerations of clients’ entering into particular cannabis-related transactions.

Given Mr. Bondy’s 25-year background as a federal criminal defense attorney, the Office has decades of high-level federal and state cannabis-related enforcement experience, and the comprehensive knowledge required to peerlessly guide clients on international, federal, state and local laws, and the regulatory and governmental hurdles unique to conducting business and investing in the industry. Mr. Bondy has a nuanced understanding of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and related federal criminal laws, including the federal securities, money laundering, and criminal and civil forfeiture statutes. He also has decades of experience representing clients in matters involving the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Mr. Bondy’s national cannabis legalization advocacy efforts and ongoing representation of cannabis industry clients, have provided him with a close familiarity of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“the 2018 Farm Bill”), and both US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations related to marijuana and hemp.

The Office counsels its cannabis-related clients in understanding and evaluating the proper federal and state regulatory rubric for achieving their cannabis-related goals; the application processes for licenses to operate and related administrative matters; commercial litigation; joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions; conducting due diligence on the individuals involved in these transactions; and providing ongoing regulatory advice and business counsel.

We have provided strategic corporate and capital formation advice for private securities offerings on behalf of cannabis-related clients, and are deeply committed to social justice reform and the unfettered legalization of cannabis. Ongoing evidence of this commitment is seen in Mr. Bondy’s work as the Vice President of the not-for-profit Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA), and as pro bono counsel in the land-mark federal cannabis lawsuit Washington v. Barr, which alleges that cannabis’ scheduling under the CSA was a product of racial division and an ongoing refusal to acknowledge its medical efficacy.

High Times Magazine identifies Mr. Bondy as “One of the Nation’s Preeminent Cannabis Attorneys,” while the New York Times has called him, “Eloquent and Armed with the Serene Demeanor of a Surgeon.”

The Law Offices Of Joseph A. Bondy are at the vanguard of the cannabis industry, providing visionary leadership through speaking at legal, business, equity, and community events nation-wide, while serving clients with cutting-edge counsel in this ever-changing, dynamic field.

Breadth of Experience

The Office has experience relevant to clients participating in or otherwise involved with the cannabis industry, including:

Assisting in the license application process for cultivation, processing or dispensing of hemp or cannabis.

Counseling medical marijuana patients and medical professionals on regulatory, employment, and criminal justice matters.

Assessment of business and individual risks under federal and state cannabis-related laws, and regulatory rules.

Representation in criminal matters, including federal controlled substance, conspiracy, RICO, money-laundering and securities prosecutions.

Representation in civil matters, including Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) actions, breach of commercial agreements, trademark infringement, fraud, and partnership/shareholder disputes.

Corporate formation and structure.

Capital raising compliance activities.

Preparation of partnership and operating agreements.

Representation in civil and criminal forfeiture matters.

Preparation of non-disclosure, non-competition, employment, and severance agreements.

Community relations, including education, diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Joseph A. Bondy

Joseph A. Bondy is a criminal defense and cannabis business attorney in Manhattan. A graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Bondy is admitted to practice in New York, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Over the past twenty-four years, he has represented more than one thousand individuals at all stages of litigation, including dozens of federal and state cannabis clients.

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