Finding and securing suitable real estate is at the core of launching virtually any cannabis business. Proper zoning, customer and patient access, and community and local support are critical to selecting an appropriate site. This is especially true in jurisdictions where municipal approval is a separate layer (and often a precondition) of the licensing application process for medical or adult-use marijuana businesses.
Site selection requires careful preparation, planning, and execution, and often yields many challenges and questions: Is my location in a suitable zoning district for a cannabis business? How do I identify and navigate the local approval process? What local permits are required in order to open? What contract provisions are necessary to best protect my interests as a buyer, seller, landlord or tenant?
Mistakes made at the outset can cost time and money, sometimes resulting in months of delays and unexpected costs that can be devastating to any business. Vicente Sederberg LLP is uniquely qualified to help you avoid those mistakes.
In addition to having extensive experience in commercial real estate development, leasing, zoning, and permitting, our attorneys are deeply involved in cannabis regulatory work. VS has worked on shaping municipal cannabis policies for over a decade, so we understand local land use and zoning issues and know how to navigate them. We work closely with mayors, city and town council members, planning boards, neighborhood organizations, regulators, law enforcement, and other stakeholders to determine the most suitable locations for cannabis operations, and we know how to allay the concerns that are most likely to arise.