Oregon Cannabis Law & Criminal Defense Attorney

Hughes Law provides comprehensive legal and cannabis business consulting services to growers, processors, retailers and investors in Oregon and throughout the nation. Whether you have been accused of a cannabis-related crime, are facing cannabis litigation, operating a cannabis-based business, or seeking entry into the cannabis or hemp space, you need the powerful representation we provide.

When you become our client, you gain access to dedicated advocates who fight to win. Founding attorney Michael R. Hughes brings to bear decades of experience in criminal defense, business law and agricultural law and is well-versed in cannabis law and production.

Attorney Hughes not only dedicates his practice to serving cannabis-based businesses; he is a seasoned grower and breeder with a passion for shaping cannabis law. Like any good farmer, he takes a gritty, no-nonsense approach to each matter and offers clients trustworthy advice and guidance.

At Hughes Law, we are up-to-speed on the ever changing laws governing marijuana and hemp production. We have a proven track record of successfully trying civil and criminal cases in state and federal court and regularly counsel cannabis-based businesses in Oregon on land use and zoning, business formation and investing.

Above all, we are committed to helping you achieve your objectives in the cannabis industry. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced cannabis law attorneys.

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The Hughes Law Difference

Michael Hughes’ passion for cannabis law and production stems from his roots as a farmer. He was raised on a farm in Nebraska where his family cultivated hemp along with its basket of crops. As a young man, he envisioned the day when hemp could be legally harvested and processed into industrial products.

That vision led him to study agricultural law and dedicate his career to changing cannabis and hemp regulations. Mr. Hughes is the founder of the Industrial Hemp Producers association and was one of the first farmers in the nation to produce hemp under the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill. He established Hughes Law to advocate for the wrongly accused and the injured and has earned a reputation as a fierce trial lawyer who fights to win.

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The Informed Choice in Oregon Cannabis Law and Production

Since the 2015 legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, cannabis production has transformed from a black market operation into a legitimate industry. Today, growers and dispensaries must be able to navigate complex and at times conflicting local, state and federal rules and laws.

From matters such as land use, zoning, water rights, licensing and building permits to challenges involving banking and taxation, cannabis-based businesses continue to operate in uncharted territory. The best way to protect your rights in this evolving landscape is to consult with a dedicated Oregon cannabis lawyer.

At Hughes Law, our wide range of legal & consulting services includes:
Cannabis business law

Despite the fact that marijuana is legal in the state, possession of more than a certain amount of cannabis or derivative products is prohibited, and law enforcement has stepped up enforcement of marijuana-related DUIIs (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants). Working with an experienced cannabis lawyer can mean the difference between preserving your freedom and spending time in prison.

Hemp and CBD

While hemp has long been cultivated for its durable fiber, it is also high in cannabidiol (CBD), which has potential medicinal benefits as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Although a variety of CBD-based products are now commercially available, the Oregon Department of Agriculture strictly regulates hemp and CBD compliance. If you are considering a hemp business venture, you can rely on Michael Hughes’ experience as a hemp producer and cannabis lawyer.

Cannabis criminal defense

Despite the fact that marijuana is legal in the state, possession of more than a certain amount of cannabis or derivative products is prohibited, and law enforcement has stepped up enforcement of marijuana-related DUIIs (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants). Working with an experienced cannabis lawyer can mean the difference between preserving your freedom and spending time in prison.

Criminal defense

Despite the fact that marijuana is legal in the state, possession of more than a certain amount of cannabis or derivative products is prohibited, and law enforcement has stepped up enforcement of marijuana-related DUIIs (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants). Working with an experienced cannabis lawyer can mean the difference between preserving your freedom and spending time in prison.

Judicial services

At Hughes Law, we routinely defend clients against marijuana DUII charges and also provide expert opinion and testimony regarding both criminal and civil cases involving cannabis and hemp nationwide. In the event of business disputes, we offer mediation and alternative dispute resolution services to cannabis-based businesses.

Political consulting

Recreational marijuana is currently legal in Oregon and 23 other states, however, cannabis law is far from settled and constantly evolving. Hughes Law has been on the front lines in the battle to normalize recreational marijuana use for decades and routinely consults with candidates for public office and elected officials on both sides of the political aisle to develop well-conceived cannabis policies.

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Oct 29, 2018 | Cascade Business News

I am running for Mayor because I love Bend and I want to give back to the community as I feel public service is important. I am a quick thinking, skillful communicator and commonly work to bring...

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Contact Our Experienced Oregon Cannabis Law and Criminal Defense Attorney

From helping local cannabis growers obtain licenses to consulting hemp cultivators on CBD compliance, from defending clients against marijuana DUII and other criminal charges to counseling entrepreneurs and investors on opportunities in the cannabis industry across the nation, Hughes Law is the informed choice in cannabis law.

For over 20 years, we have provided our clients with aggressive representation when they need it most. When you consult with us, you will have confidence knowing that our experienced cannabis law attorneys are in your corner. Please contact our office today to discuss your case.