Newly Licensed Marijuana Companies need a Government Relations plan

Government Plan

Congratulations! You just secured a marijuana dispensary or grow license. Do you have a government relations plan?

Marijuana is a booming industry, but it is also highly regulated and comes under incredible government and community scrutiny. 

Every new licensee should have a government relations plan for both offense and defense.  The offense would include things such as keeping up with changing laws and regulations or asking for city services.  Defensive government relations would include consumer and neighbor complaints or licensing issues. 

An effective government relations strategy is critical to many organizations’ success, including those in the cannabis industry.

At 1818, we will create a flat fee custom plan for your organization and then remain available for ongoing consultation and assistance. 

Your Marijuana Government Relations Policy will focus on the following areas:

  • Creating and embracing a community engagement strategy;
  • Fostering and sustaining relationships with local, state and federal officials;
  • Action steps for working with community groups; and
  • Details on how to use associations and other advocacy groups to your organization and the community’s advantage.

Ongoing Government Relations services will include implementation of the above and:

  1. Regular updates on regulatory and legislative changes.
  2. Assistance with government investigations, license inquiries, and neighbor or community complaints.

Contact 1818 today to get started on your Government Relations Policy. Your cannabis business cannot afford to skip this step as you establish and grow your organization.

Jordan Matyas

Jordan Matyas

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Jordan Matyas is a lawyer, lobbyist, and Founder of 1818 Legal, an Illinois professional licensing defense law firm he created in 2014. With more than 18 years of experience practicing law, he represents clients in a wide range of legal matters, including professional license defense, administrative law, land use and zoning, and state, local, and municipal law.

Jordan received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois — Chicago School of Law and is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.