Some of the MOST popular posts on this blog have concerned franchising and marijuana. (See "Franchising Marijuana" Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four)
Franchise lawyers have been nipping around issues concerning the ultimate franchising of cannabis-related businesses. With the passage of more and more state laws legalizing medical and recreational pot, franchising and marijuana is a hot topic. (Illinois is a recent entrant)
In 2016, an article appeared in the American Bar Association's Franchise Law Journal that I mentioned in this blog: Franchising a Marijuana Business: It's not Quite Mission Impossible. Shannon McCarthy (a partner with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP in Seattle, Washington) and Dawn Newton (a partner with Donahue Fitzgerald, LLP in Oakland, California) provided a comprehensive treatment of the legal issues and challenges.
Rochelle "Shelley" Spandorf added to the legal literature with "Cannabis Entrepreneurs: Know the Perils of 'Accidental Franchising."
Shelley is a franchise-colleague of mine from the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising. She is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine. A certified specialist in franchise and distribution law in California, she has dedicated her legal practice to representing primarily franchisors, suppliers and other brand owners expand through trademark licensing. She is the first woman to chair the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, the nation’s preeminent association of franchise attorneys, and has twice chaired the Franchise Law Committee of the California Lawyers Association.
In other words, Shelley knows what she is talking about! Her article shines a bright spotlight on the subject and it is worth a read. Thanks Shelley!