Practice & Industry Groups


World Law Group’s Cannabis Group consists of member firm lawyers with expertise in the legal issues relevant to industry participants. Our expertise includes much more than compliance-related activities (licensing, product specific taxes, regulatory compliance, etc.). For example, our expertise is critical when advising clients about the issues most relevant to the industry, such as banking, protection of IP, cross-border investments, specialized financing issues, particularized tax rules and the unique challenges in the M&A market. These issues are often complicated by differences between local and federal laws, their overlap with international treaties, and differences in cultural and political acceptance for the industry’s products. The group’s goal is to be able to tap each other’s local knowledge to provide relevant and seamless client advice, especially in cross-border investments (including research arrangements), financing and import/export challenges, in this fast-growing market.

For more information, contact this group's leaders or Hanna Shea, WLG’s Manager, Communication & Network Development.


Legal Update

The Law for the Regulation of Cannabis was approved by the House of Representatives, following an enactment of the Executive to formally enter into force within the national territory. However, in accordance with the legislative process in Mexico, the Senate’s approval is still pending.

WLG News

In 1987, representatives from six law firms participated in an organizational meeting in London to discuss the formation of an international legal network (one other firm was involved in the formation but was unable to attend). With visionary F. Kingston Berlew from Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. leading the way, this group of law firms started World Law Group - one of the first associations of its kind, one that is still thriving today.

Legal Update

The Danish medicinal cannabis pilot programme is planned to end this year (2021) after a four-year trial period. It is still to be decided at a political level how the future will look for the programme.

Resource, WLG Collaborations

Presentation from the WLG Cannabis Group on The Vaping Health Controversy.

Main Contacts
Lewis Horowitz Lane Powell PC Seattle, Washington - U.S.A. +1 206 223 7401
Hanna Shea World Law Group Denver, Colorado - U.S.A. +1 202 904 2477
Cristina Amaral PLMJ Lisbon, Portugal 351213197580
Estefanía Batalla Arias San Jose 88922930
Dawn Beddard Gowling WLG Birmingham, England +447921881464
Constantine Boulougouris MinterEllison Sydney, Australia +612 9921 4368
Florencia Castagnola Guyer & Regules Montevideo, Uruguay +29 021 515
Esko Cate VILAF Ho Chi Minh City
Whitney Debevoise Arnold & Porter Washington, District of Columbia - U.S.A. +1 202 942 5042
Lindsay Everitt Goodmans LLP Toronto, Ontario - Canada 416-597-4174
Martin Gantzhorn Bech-Bruun Copenhagen, Denmark +4525263636
Pedro Gaspar da Silva PLMJ
Ellen Gielen CMS Belgium Brussels, Belgium
Juan Carlos Hernanz Cuatrecasas Barcelona, Spain
Yoon Huh Bae, Kim & Lee LLC Seoul, South Korea
Lisa Jones Miller & Martin PLLC Atlanta, Georgia - U.S.A. 404-962-6469
Paul Kallenbach MinterEllison Melbourne, Australia
Hamid Khanbhai Campbells Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Gundula Kjaer Bech-Bruun Copenhagen, Denmark +4525263463
Anastasia Kotenkova CMS Russia Moscow, Russia +74957864000
Brian Kujavsky Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP Montréal, Québec - Canada 514 841 6401
Mariana Larrea Santamarina y Steta S.C. Mexico City, Mexico
John Leaman Guyer & Regules Montevideo, Uruguay
Victor Liu Goodmans LLP Toronto, Ontario - Canada 14165975141
Pedro Lomba PLMJ Lisboa, Portugal 21 319 74 78
Alejandro Luna Santamarina y Steta S.C. Mexico City, Mexico +52 15 513 846 413
Michelle Mabugat Greenberg Glusker LLP Los Angeles, California - U.S.A. 3107856845
Laura Martinez Santamarina y Steta S.C. Mexico City, Mexico 525552795400
Daniel Mosco Guyer & Regules , Uruguay
Eduardo Nogueira Pinto PLMJ Lisboa, Portugal + 351 319 74 78
Evelina Norwinski Arnold & Porter Washington, District of Columbia - U.S.A. 202-942-6474
Myoung Oh Bae, Kim & Lee LLC Seoul, South Korea
Susanne Pech CMS Germany Berlin, Germany
Koos Pretorius ENSafrica Cape Town, South Africa +27 82 557 7927
Glenn Pudelka Locke Lord LLP Boston, Massachusetts - U.S.A. 617-239-0371
Wolfgang Rehmann Taylor Wessing Munich, Germany 089 21038281
Altair Richards ENSafrica Johannesburg, South Africa
Jessada Sawatdipong Chandler MHM Limited Bangkok, Thailand +66 2009 5000
Jan Schmitz Taylor Wessing Berlin, Germany
Jeenal Shah AZB & Partners Mumbai, India
Neil Sheehy Goodmans LLP Toronto, Ontario - Canada +1 416 597 4229
Richard Spencer Campbells Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Beatriz Spiess Guyer & Regules Montevideo, Uruguay
Steven Stein Greenberg Glusker LLP Los Angeles, California - U.S.A. 3107856871
Alexa Steinberg Greenberg Glusker LLP , California - U.S.A.
Simon Thomas Campbells Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands +1 345 914 5843
Daniel Tietjen Taylor Wessing Munich, Germany
Marco Torronteguy TozziniFreire Advogados São Paulo, Brazil
Vsevolod Tyupa CMS Russia Moscow, Russia
Joanne van Harmelen ENSafrica Cape Town, South Africa +27 21 410 25 00
Daniele Vecchi Gianni & Origoni Milan, Italy +39 02 763 741
Andrea Villamizar D'Empaire , Venezuela +584142194353
Zohar Yahalom Herzog Fox & Neeman Tel Aviv, Israel
Beth Castro World Law Group Washington, District of Columbia - U.S.A. +1 202 904 2477
Tori Drayer World Law Group Richmond, District of Columbia - U.S.A. +1 202 904 2488
Ashley LeCroy World Law Group Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada +1 202 904 2477