04/2012– GrayRobinson in Miami. (J. Albert Diaz)
GrayRobinson is the latest law firm to jump into the medical marijuana business.
The Orlando-based law firm Tuesday announced the formation of a regulated products practice group to advise businesses about manufacturing, ordering, distributing, marketing, selling, administering and consuming medical marijuana.
Existing GrayRobinson lawyers throughout the state who specialize in labor and employment, banking, health care, lobbying, land use and taxation are part of the group headed by Tampa-based Richard Blau, who heads the firm’s alcohol, beverage and tobacco division.
“These attorneys have a great deal of experience working with clients in heavily regulated industries,” said Byrd “Biff” Marshall Jr., president and managing director of the firm. “The formation of this group provides a vehicle to offer the right mix of services to those clients.”
Akerman launched a similar regulated substances task force in May to assist clients with proposed changes in laws governing regulated substances, including medical marijuana.
An assortment of lawyers seeking to capitalize on the expected avalanche of entrepreneurs starting up medical marijuana businesses under a new law legalizing a non-euphoric marijuana extract. A November referendum would legalize medical marijuana.