Industrial Hemp & Cannabis

Chris is the co-leader of Beveridge & Diamond’s Industrial Hemp & Cannabis industry team. He has represented clients in the industrial hemp and cannabis sector since 2014, assisting companies in complying with state environmental laws, managing downstream risk, and defending them in high-stakes product liability litigation.

Representative Work

  • Winning a motion to dismiss a claim brought against an out-of-state hydroponics supplier to the cannabis industry in a high stakes toxic tort matter involving pesticide exposure with more than $10,000,000 in potential liability. 
  • Drafting industry-appropriate product warnings for suppliers to the industry, including packaging and plant supplement manufacturers. 
  • Providing guidance to the industrial hemp community on environmental liabilities in the wake of hemp legalization via the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • Defending cannabis growers in court and before state-level administrative agencies for alleged violations of environmental laws and ordinances.

Chris is nationally recognized for his work on the environmental issues facing the cannabis industry, including litigation risks, state regulations, and agency enforcement. He is the vice chair of programming for the American Bar Association’s TIPS Cannabis Law Committee, and serves on the Defense Research Institute’s 2019 Cannabis Law Conference Committee. His nationally-published work has been featured in the Defense Research Institute’s The Voice and in the American Bar Association Environmental Law Section's The Year in Review 2018. In 2018, DataBird Research Journal named Chris one of “250 Cannabis Law Experts.” In addition, he is a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association and the San Francisco Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Section. 

Possession, use, distribution, and sale of cannabis may be a federal crime. B&D does not provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law or in complying with federal law.