Corporate and Business Law Issues in the Cannabis Industry

(388 Ratings)

Produced on: April 21, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

This program, taught by Jerry Goldman, the co-chair of Anderson Kill’s Regulated Products Practice, examines various corporate and business law considerations relevant to operating in the cannabis industry. It covers alternative entity structures that businesses can use when operating in the cannabis industry; concerns for intra-state and inter-state operations for businesses that come directly into contact with the cannabis plant (e.g., growers, processors or distributors) and those businesses that only indirectly have contact with the cannabis plant (e.g., real estate lessors); and debt and equity financing in the cannabis industry, from both the company and the investor/lender perspective.

The program also covers relevant business law concerns such as tax considerations (for example, IRC 280E planning), risk management and insurance, contract and contract enforcement (including the implications for bankruptcy), and briefly touches on intellectual property (particularly from the structuring side) and employment law considerations. While the rules in every state with a regulated cannabis regime are different, the course examines some common approaches that businesses nationwide have taken to address these issues. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand the relevant corporate and business law issues in order to better represent operators and investors in the cannabis industry
  2. Analyze approaches to the legal challenges of operating a business in an emerging industry
  3. Identify the ethical, legal, and business ramifications of operating in an evolving legal environment at both the state and federal level


Jerry S. Goldman

Anderson Kill P.C.

Jerry S. Goldman is a shareholder in both Anderson Kill’s New York and Philadelphia offices, and is co-chair of the firm's Regulated Products Practice group.  A former prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Goldman has built a highly successful and varied practice serving individuals and closely held businesses throughout the United States.

Mr. Goldman practices in the areas of complex litigation; general business law; white collar criminal defense; estate planning along with estate and trust administration; employment law; federal and international taxation and intellectual property. He is also a member of Anderson Kill's Foreign Investment Recovery Practice group.

He focuses on solving difficult problems by devising creative solutions.

Prior to founding his practice in 1982, Mr. Goldman served as Senior Assistant District Attorney and Senior Supervising Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. There he gained substantial experience litigating a variety of complex criminal matters and supervising a host of white-collar criminal prosecutions.

Many of Mr. Goldman's engagements have had international law components, ranging from complex litigations involving multi-national parties and claims to transnational business matters.

Mr. Goldman has been mentioned in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Lawyers, Who’s Who in Entertainment, and the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys for both New York and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Goldman is rated "AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated," the top rating, by his peers as listed in Martindale Hubbell.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Goldman has lectured before a variety of professional, trade, business and non-professional audiences on a variety of topics.


Olivia A.

The volume was very low for this recording and made it difficult to hear the presenter.

Mary Lee C.

Impressive speaker who outlined in detail all this new cannabis law applications.

Deanne R.

Great overview!

Jacqueline W.

Greatly appreciate the supplemental materials.

Edward S.

While I don't practice in this space I wanted a solid overview and I got exactly that! Thanks.

Steve W.

Interesting topic

Steven F.

Excellent introduction from an obviously well-informed presenter.

Jeffrey F.

Great overview for someone new to the industry, focusing on business rather than criminal law

Lynnann K.

excellent information

Peter C.

great overview of all business and corp issues facing cannabis enterprises.

William Bruce V.

Very well presented.

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