Marijuana Law Is the Hottest Profession in the Legal Industry

As more and more states legalize marijuana, it can be confusing about what the laws are in different places. Luckily there are a growing number lawyers to help.

Cannabis law is the hottest trend in the legal industry today. The complex sets of laws and regulations governing the industry are often too complicated for people to navigate without legal knowledge, and more and more attorneys are becoming experts on cannabis as a result.

"It is is fastest growing section of the state bar," said Michigan attorney Shyler Engel.

Marijuana laws are complicated by jurisdictions having different legalities when it comes to cannabis. Obviously marijuana is illegal at the federal level, but even in states with legal marijuana, there are cities that can still ban the sale and consumption of cannabis. So if someone is looking to start a cannabis business, they need to make sure they know not only the state regulations, but also the various local regulations as well. 

And attorneys are recognizing that this is a major area of law that's being underserved. There are both small, local attorneys who are getting involved in marijuana law, as well as some of the most prestigious law firms in the country. And with the cannabis industry growing, there will be even more money flowing towards marijuana, which will attract even more lawyers to this area of the law.

And legalization also leads to work for many criminal attorneys, as people with old marijuana convictions contact lawyers to find ways to get their records expunged. 

So once again the world finds a way for lawyers to get money.

(h/t Detroit Free Press)


Few other entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have their hands in quite as many ventures as Lorne Gertner. Currently dubbed the "godfather of the Canadian cannabis industry," Gertner told Civilized, "If we could live through normalization, we could change the world." Hailing from the fashion industry, this Toronto native says he's on a mission to "make the world a better place through cannabis and design excellence." The only catch is, well, normalizing cannabis — and that's where Gertner's keen eye for style comes in. "In the old days, you were going to be different or you were going to be normal," said Thom Antonio, Gertner's friend, creative director, and collaborator of 35 years.

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