Hemp & CBD

Hemp Law

Gard Law Firm is focused on cannabis and hemp law, litigation and civil litigation. For the last two decades, we have litigated hundreds of cases, many through trial, in both state and federal courts.  We represent numerous hemp cultivators, distributors and hemp manufacturers throughout the state of Colorado and have advised people from all over the United States. We are widely considered one of the country’s leading cannabis and hemp law firms.  Using our knowledge and experience we regularly teach other attorneys about this emerging area of law.

What We Do:

Licensing

We have helped our clients obtain hemp cultivation and hemp manufacturing business licenses and state registration.  We are one of the very first law firms in the country to represent hemp and CBD clients and our clients were among the very first state approved businesses.  Despite some federal protection, hemp and CBD laws are very complex and change virtually daily.  We stay on top of every change and help ensure that your business is compliant and “up to speed” with all of the regulatory changes.

Contracts

Hemp and hemp manufacturing contracts are unique and the issues that arise are numerous given the limited legal protections afforded hemp businesses.  We have drafted every type of contract imaginable from leases, purchase contracts, operator agreements, management, consulting, distribution agreements, and the like.  We are efficient in our drafting and work to ensure that each term is easily understood and not “boilerplate.”  Our agreements anticipate potential problems down the road and help our clients to avoid them.

Litigation

We are experienced trial attorneys and our experience and training gives our clients an advantage in the event of a lawsuit.  We are also efficient in our methods and often find that our opponent spends twice as much in legal fees without success in the courtroom. We also have handled very complex business litigation matters and understand the nuances of hemp and hemp manufacturing law, which gives our clients an advantage.

Advocacy for Hemp Policy

Since the beginning of the hemp and cannabis legalization efforts, we have been on the front line.  We have lobbied the federal government and worked with congress to draft several pieces of legislation that helped change the law and provide federal legal protection for hemp cultivators, distributors and manufacturers. Additionally, we worked with the state of Colorado to enact the regulations and registration laws that provide a legal framework for hemp and hemp manufacturing businesses. We have lobbied for changes in the law that hurt cannabis and hemp business and consumers.  If the need arises, we can help a client to enact or change laws to support their business.

Education

We have been at the forefront of the cannabis and hemp legalization movement and instrumental in ending prohibition here in Colorado.  We are working to end cannabis prohibition at the federal level and are hopeful that will happen soon.  Based on our experience and representing numerous cannabis and hemp clients, we now educate other attorneys about how to ethically and responsibly represent cannabis and hemp clients.  We do this in hopes that we raise the bar of legal representation for the cannabis and hemp industries.

Hemp Lectures

  • National Business Institute: CBD & Hemp: Advising Clients in a Changing Industry
  • LawPracticeCLE: CBD and Hemp
  • CBA CLE: The 2018 Farm Bill, Hemp Production and the Legal Challenges They Present
  • Clear Law Institute: Current Issues, Distinctions, and Legality of Hemp-CBD
  • National Business Institute: CBD & Hemp- Advising Clients in a Changing Industry
  • LawPracticeCLE: CBD & Hemp: Federal and State Regulations
  • MylawCLE: Federal and State Regulation of CBD and Hemp and Structuring Enforceable Cannabis Contracts

Transactions

We have handled numerous purchases and sales of cannabis and hemp businesses.  We have an efficient method for making sure the transaction is handled properly. Drawing from our vast litigation experience, we help clients avoid the pitfalls and make things go smoothly throughout the transaction. We also help our clients acquire businesses and our efficiency and experience help keep costs low.

What Our Clients Say About Us

"Having been in court with Jeff, we can tell you that it is very reassuring to have the best lawyer in the room sitting next to you. My wife once called Jeff “her knight in shining armor” and I wholeheartedly agree."
~ Norma & Leslie P. ~

"Jeff Gard is a very professional lawyer. He is single handedly responsible for giving me the proper advice on all of my Cannabis businesses and have saved my businesses and me from making mistakes several times. I’m a pharmacist and come from a highly regulated industry and cannabis industry is all about compliance, he is one of the most knowledgeable and trustworthy lawyers that I know."
~ Babak B. ~

"Jeff Gard is an absolute genius in the court room. He will not disappoint. Honesty and integrity go hand and with Mr Gard. He said what he meant and meant what he said. He never once made me feel like I was just another one of many clients. Always returned my calls /emails promptly. We won the case but had we lost I would still be writing this positive review. I never had any doubt from the first time we met that he was the right choice. If I ever needed an attorney again I would not hesitate for even a second to hire Mr Gard again. What a class act."
~ Sean. ~

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