Mediation and Cannabis Business Dispute Resolution
Colorado and Washington have robust recreational cannabis industries involving
retail sale and mass production of cannabis. These new legal industries
are subject to intense state regulations. Several states, like Oregon,
have begun to establish more tightly regulated medical cannabis systems
for production and distribution. As these recreational and medical industries
expand, the potential for conflicts and disputes drastically increases.
The good news is that now these disputes will be resolved through legal
processes, rather than black market violence.
Litigation will become an option for those involved in cannabis industries
disputes. However, the cost involved with litigation will require many
to look at alternative forms of dispute resolution. One popular and effective
means to resolve conflicts is through neutral, third-party mediators.
It is essential for two parties to have someone who does not have a stake
in the outcome help guide the parties towards resolution.
Additionally, if disputes do end up in litigation, generally the courts
require the parties to engage in Alternate Dispute Resolutions. Mediation
is an effective way to resolve litigation, before the matter heads to
trial. Trials can be the most costly part of the litigation process. Resolving
the case prior to parties expending significant resources in trial is
generally a benefit for everyone involved. However, actually resolving
the case once the parties have dug in requires a skilled, experienced
and knowledgeable mediator.
As the cannabis market continues to become main stream, the corporatization
of the industry will occur rapidly. To compete, smaller non-profits, LLC's
and closely held corporations will seek to restructure, merge, consolidate
and make other changes to their companies that effect ownership. When
already established businesses look to make moves, they and their counsel
will often greatly benefit from engaging a mediator to work out details
and help the parties achieve a mutual agreement. The mediator needs to
be knowledgeable of the industry that the parties are involved and how
the law impacts those industries. The mediator also needs to be able to
suggest creative solutions to help parties achieve their desired results.
Michael R. Hughes is a cannabis law and production expert. He has studied
the entire cannabis industry and the laws affecting that industry for
over 20 years now. He has been a trial lawyer for 16 years and has been
involved in many mediation and arbitrations as a litigator. Mr. Hughes
understands the rigors and pitfalls of litigation. He possesses the type
of insight, knowledge and creativity that a mediator needs to assist parties
in resolving their disputes or negotiations.
Call my firm to speak with a Bend marijuana expert and learn more! As a cannabis expert
in Oregon with firsthand knowledge and experience, I can provide the marijuana
legal counsel that you need.