“To best serve and defend clients, a lawyer must develop expertise and ties within the industry they wish to best serve”.
WHO WE ARE
Ganja Law, P.A., came about due to the extensive consulting and work done by or through our team. Boots on the ground throughout the United States and the Caribbean. It didn’t stop there as we were then ushered to help clients in Malaysia and Africa.
Ganja Law, P.A., is the one-stop, industry expert and a leading source of knowledge, skill and experience in the cannabis/HEMP industries. Our clients’ are both domestic and international.
Ganja Law, P.A., and its legal, affiliate and consulting teams have more than 75 years of defense and industry experience, training and knowledge. Along with the marijuana industry comes matters concerning money laundering, Federal & State taxes, RICO, trafficking, bank and wire fraud, seed to sale documentation, regulatory compliance, care-giver growing and allowances, patient rights, and conspiracy. Our firm can handle your legal and/or business issues from seed to sale and all points in between. We endeavor to keep you safe, healthy and profitable; however, should you have come to us too late, we shall endeavor to champion your defense.
Those at Ganja Law are well versed, knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of: criminal and regulatory defense, cultivation, DNA tagging, licensing, licensing application and qualifications, growing regulations, seed to sale issues, hydroponic and soil growing, nutrient enrichment, pesticides, Marijuana Enforcement Division regulations, dispensary regulation, HEMP, MIP regulation, extracting and isolation and relating administrative laws.
Our team members have an extensive knowledge of healthcare, pharmaceutical and pharmacology. In fact, one of our legal team members was the president of one of Central America’s largest pharmaceutical chains, dealing with almost every major manufacturer. He was also Healthcare Attorney of the Year for the Medical Federation as well as General Counsel for a major hospital and outpatient centers. With such chemistry and compounding knowledge, our team consults with many MIP operators for the proper methodology and techniques for CBD and THC refinement, extraction and resulting products and by-products.
Craig Brand, Esq.
Craig A. Brand, Esquire is the principle shareholder with the law firm of The Brand Law Firm, P.A. and is the General Counsel to Ganja Law, P.A. Craig A. Brand, Esq., consults regarding the Cannabis, HEMP, MIP, Extraction and Hydroponic Produce industries both nationally and internationally.
Craig A. Brand, Esq., is and has been a white-collar boutique, trial attorney that has been rooted, due to Miami-Florida origins, in the cannabis field for the past 25 years. There is a legal saying, “to best serve and defend clients, a lawyer must develop expertise and ties within the industry they wish to best serve”.
Ganja Law, P.A., (founded in 2013), came about due to the extensive consulting and work done by or through Mr. Brand beginning in the State of Colorado and expanding into California, Oregon, Washington, Florida and the Caribbean.
Ganja Law, P.A., is the industry expert and one of the leading sources of knowledge and experience in the cannabis/HEMP fields. Along with the marijuana industry comes matters concerning money laundering, RICO, trafficking, bank and wire fraud, seed to sale documentation, care-giver growing and allowances, patient rights, and conspiracy. Our firm can handle your legal and/or business issues from seed to sale and all points in between. We endeavor to keep you safe, healthy and profitable, however, if you have come to us too late, we shall endeavor to champion your defense so that you can strive for another day.
Those at Ganja Law are well versed, knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of: cultivation, DNA tagging, licensing, licensing application and qualifications, growing regulations, seed to sale issues, hydroponic and soil growing, nutrient enrichment, pesticides, Marijuana Enforcement Division, dispensary regulation, HEMP, MIP regulation, Extracting and Isolation.
Review of our General Counsel’s C.V. demonstrates an extensive knowledge of healthcare, pharmaceutical and pharmacology. In fact, Mr. Brand was the President and operator of one of Central America’s largest pharmaceutical chains, dealing with almost every major manufacturer. He was Healthcare Attorney of the Year for the Medical Federation as well as General Counsel for a major hospital and outpatient centers. With such chemistry and compounding knowledge, Mr. Brand consults with many MIP operators for the proper methodology and techniques for CBD and THC refinement, extraction and resulting products and by-products.
In 2012, Mr. Brand began working in the hydroponic and agriculture industry. Mr. Brand has been involved in food production growth in the center of some of the driest deserts in the world, using innovative and efficient technology and works with clients’ such as “Feeding America and Quite Possibly The World, Inc.”, as well as “Green Planet, Inc.” Using some of the most technologically advanced hydroponic equipment, Mr. Brand consults with licensed growers to cultivate better crop, reduce growing risks, ensure more weight per plant, lower the costs of production and bringing crop to market quicker.
Following the enactment of laws issued by those states that have legalized medical marijuana and recreational marijuana, Mr. Brand has an extended grasp on licensing issues, concerns, difficulties and time frames.
As Mr. Brand is a defense attorney, first and foremost, he maintains an active state and federal criminal and complex civil defense practice. His practice consists of representation and advice during the investigative stages of crimes and post-arrest and/or indictment or information. He has represented both individuals and corporations with subpoena and investigation compliance. Mr. Brand tries his own cases, not farming them out to other lawyers when the going gets tough. “Cowboy Up” is his motto, true to character.
Joseph S. Rosenbaum, Esq.
Joseph Rosenbaum began his legal career, 1979, as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida. During his career as a seasoned prosecutor, Mr. Rosenbaum was Chief of the Narcotics Unit, the largest of such unit’s in the United States, where he tried and supervised the prosecution of major narcotics cases including large scale cannabis cultivation and trafficking cases. He later became a major crimes prosecutor handling only the most complex and sensitive cases.
Today Mr. Rosenbaum is one of the preeminent criminal defense attorney’s in Florida and thus the country. In 2013, the Daily Business Review recognized Mr. Rosenbaum as the Most Effective Lawyer in the area of Criminal Justice for his representation and acquittal of a young Iman charged with providing material support to a designated terrorist organization. The only time the United States Government has lost a terrorism case. Mr. Rosenbaum’s client was the only defendant found not guilty of the Government’s terrorist allegations.
Mr. Rosenbaum specializes in defending people accused of major frauds, money laundering and major drug trafficking cases specializing in marijuana cultivation on the State and Federal level. Many of his clients are foreign nationals. Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense attorney, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists.
Teaming up with Craig A. Brand, Esq., the two are prepared for the Constitutional Amendment in Florida permitting Medical Marijuana as well as for what the future holds and has in store. Mr. Rosenbaum brings decades of experience to the representation of companies and individuals that are involved or who wish to enter the medical marijuana industry
Frank E. Gil, Esq.
Frank E. Gil, Esq. is the senior partner at The Law Office of Frank E. Gil, P.A. Having graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2010, Frank has primarily focused his practice in the area of criminal defense. Frank has represented dozens of clients at the state and federal level that have been charged with a host of felonies and misdemeanors ranging from drug trafficking, drug possession, illegal grow house operations, assault, battery, illegal firearms possession, probation violations, DUI, sales tax fraud, workers compensation fraud amongst other crimes. Frank is member of the Florida Bar as well as the Southern District of Florida Bar. Frank is currently shifting his attention to regulatory aspects and legalities of the cannabis industry in Florida and nationwide.
James Katjoch is a managing member of our CA offices located in Santa Monica, Long Beach and San Diego. He has federal state and administrative law for 21 years in the California courts. With an extensive background in PI, Civil, business, contract fields of law.
The Firm shall comply with Florida Bar Rule 4-1.2(b), and specifically with subsection (d) thereof, as follows:
4-1.2(d) Criminal or Fraudulent Conduct. A lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is criminal or fraudulent. However, a lawyer may discuss the legal consequences of any proposed course of conduct with a client and may counsel or assist a client to make a good faith effort to determine the validity, scope, meaning, or application of the law.
If the Firm comes to know or reasonably should know that Clients expect assistance not permitted by the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law, or if the Firm intends to act contrary to the instructions, the Firm must consult with the Client regarding the limitations on the Firm’s conduct.
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A lawyer is required to give an honest opinion about the actual consequences that appear likely to result from a client’s conduct. The fact that a client uses advice in a course of action that is criminal or fraudulent does not, of itself, make a lawyer a party to the course of action. However, a lawyer may not assist a client in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know to be criminal or fraudulent. There is a critical distinction between presenting an analysis of legal aspects of questionable conduct and recommending the means by which a crime or fraud might be committed with impunity.