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July 3, 2018

Barclay Damon Launches Cannabis Team

July 3, 2018—Barclay Damon announces today the official launch of the law firm's cannabis team, led by attorney Sara Payne, a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis Law.

The members of Barclay Damon's multidisciplinary team, which represents individuals and organizations participating in or impacted by legal cannabis operations, have nearly a decade of cannabis-specific experience. Coupled with Barclay Damon's long history of successfully representing businesses in highly regulated fields, the firm is well qualified to counsel clients across the full spectrum of cannabis-related legal issues.

Payne said, "We are proud to represent clients in this dynamic and rapidly changing area of law, whether they are entrepreneurs, established companies, or individuals with cannabis-based business interests. Our team's bench depth allows us to carefully monitor developments in legislation and marketplace trends to help them adapt and succeed in the changing landscape."

"As an attorney with established clients in this field," Payne continued, "I feel fortunate to be part of a firm with such an extensive range of resources and industry knowledge in the area."

Payne represented one of the original five registered organizations authorized to produce and distribute medical marijuana in New York State and has assisted the company since its inception with all aspects of its operations. She is a contributing editor for Cannabis Law Digest, and her recent presentations include "Legislative Developments in Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp in New York," a New York State Bar Association continuing legal education (CLE) seminar presented in May.

John Langan, Barclay Damon's managing partner, said, "Our firm prides itself on the spirit of innovation that drives us, and we are delighted to be an integral part of our cannabis clients' operations and growth as they navigate this new regulatory terrain and emerging business environment. We are excited to see what lies ahead for these clients and honored to partner with them to help minimize their risks and support their endeavors."

Barclay Damon currently has approximately 10 clients with businesses based in this evolving field. In addition to representing cannabis-based businesses, the team's understanding of how cannabis laws and regulations intersect with mainstream organizations and individual rights is critical to numerous additional clients.

Barclay Damon attorneys team across offices and practices to provide customized, targeted solutions grounded in industry knowledge and a deep understanding of our clients' businesses. With 275 attorneys, Barclay Damon is a leading regional law firm that operates from a strategic platform of offices located in the Northeastern United States and Toronto.

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