Gray|Robinson launches new practice group that includes focus on medical marijuana

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With one strain of medical marijuana now legal, and a constitutional amendment in the works to legalize the substance more broadly, Gray|Robinson becomes the newest heavy hitter in Florida’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

The Orlando-based law firm announced on Tuesday the formation of a practice group devoted to regulated products, which will concentrate on counseling businesses on all aspects of medical marijuana, including manufacturing, distributing, marketing, selling and consuming. The group will feature Gray|Robinson attorneys already helping businesses deal with governmental regulations in matters of banking, corporation formation and health care law.

Gray|Robinson attorney Richard Blau will lead a group of lawyers in Florida that specialize in government relations, health care, labor and employment, banking, land use and taxation. Tampa-based Blau previously headed the firm’s alcohol, beverage and tobacco division.

“These attorneys have a great deal of experience working with clients in heavily regulated industries,” Gray|Robinson president and managing director Byrd “Biff” Marshall Jr. told Julie Kay of the Daily Business Review. “The formation of this group provides a vehicle to offer the right mix of services to those clients.”

In May, national transaction and trial law firm Akerman launched its own controlled substances task force to support clients with anticipated changes in legislation governing regulated substances such as medical marijuana.

Firms are lining up to assist entrepreneurs who will be starting up medical marijuana businesses under newly enacted laws legalizing non-euphoric marijuana extracts. Voters will decide on Amendment 2, which seeks to allow expanded medical use of the drug, this November.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.