Seattle, WA – Attorney Anne van Leynseele is the founder of Seattle-based 7 Point Law, a cannabis-exclusive business law firm dedicated to ensuring their clients remain in compliance with the guidelines and requirements in this highly regulated, emerging industry. Founded in 2014, within one year of launching 7 Point Law, van Leynseele would represent 118 clients across Washington state.
“It struck me that this was the American dream,” recalls van Leynseele, “an opportunity for entrepreneurs to capitalize on the potential of a brand-new industry they can own, grow and develop it as they desire and for my firm to write the book on cannabis law.”
Many lawyers in this space are typically criminal defense attorneys with experience in marijuana charges, but they are not what cannabis entrepreneurs need: a corporate lawyer who understands the nuances of business and the long-term nature of a successful attorney client relationship. Cannabis law touches on 23 different areas of law, and it’s evolved so quickly, it can be difficult for attorneys who exclusively practice cannabis law to keep up.
Fledgling businesses operating in this emerging market often do not see the value of retaining a lawyer until it is too late. In a rapidly-changing, highly-regulated industry like cannabis, “too late” could mean the end of your business.
“Small business owners need a lot of support and a lot of education,” says van Leynseele. “It's important that these entrepreneurs understand the extreme obligation of running their business with the best intent to comply with all regulations and best business practices,”
For more information on 7 Point Law, visit www.7pointlaw.com
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