Cannabis Group

DHC Cannabis Group

Legalized cannabis in New York is a rapidly growing, evolving and highly-regulated industry, requiring an in-depth understanding of the regulations and how they impact our clients’ businesses and communities.

DHC’s team of skilled and experienced government relations professionals and attorneys are at the forefront of cannabis legalization, helping clients grapple with regulations that safeguard both public safety and business enterprise. DHC’s experience representing clients in highly regulated industries allows us to assist clients in the cannabis space as they navigate the complexities of these regulations.

DHC provides cannabis retailers, growers, distributors, processors, and investors practical and efficient advice regarding government relations, regulatory, litigation and real estate law.

The scope of our services includes:

Government Relations:

  • Political planning and advisory
  • Active monitoring of policy changed at all level of government
  • Lobbying services
  • Community engagement and education

Regulatory & Licensing:

  • Licenses to grow, process or dispense adult-use cannabis and medical cannabis
  • Assessment of business and individual risks under federal and state cannabis-related laws
  • Administrative matters pertaining to licensure

Corporate Law:

  • Corporate Formatting and Governance
  • Intellectual Property guidance including IP protection and licensing
  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

Real Estate, Land Use, and Zoning:

  • Guidance throughout the process of commercial leasing or acquiring space
  • Assistance with land use and/or zoning applications

For more information on our cannabis practice or to discuss a venture or litigation matter, contact the Cannabis Department Chair Steve Malito at [email protected].

Disclaimer: Using, possessing, distributing and/or selling non-hemp cannabis and cannabis-related products is illegal under federal law, regardless of certain state laws that decriminalize such activity. Businesses and individuals should be aware that compliance with state law does not assure compliance with federal law, and there is a risk that conflicting federal laws may be enforced in the future. Legal advice provided by Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP is designed to counsel clients regarding existing and/or proposed cannabis laws. No legal advice we give is intended to provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law.

Attorneys and Professionals in this Practice Area


Steve Malito

Steve Malito

Partner, Chair - New York State Government Relations Group

P: 212-557-7200



Howard S. Weiss

Howard S. Weiss

Senior Partner

P: 646-428-3271

Arthur Goldstein

Arthur Goldstein

Partner, Chair - New York City Government Relations Practice Group

P: 646-428-3280


Government Relations Professionals

Nick Antenucci

Nick Antenucci

Senior Counsel

P: 518-465-8230

Nicole L. Weingartner

Nicole L. Weingartner

Senior Associate Director, State Government Affairs

P: 646-428-3241