Ben Pirie counsels cannabis businesses on a wide range of corporate and regulatory needs. He is passionate about building long-lasting relationships with clients as they reach toward their goals in one of the most dynamic and fraught industries in the world. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, negotiating complex contracts and corporate governance, as well as regulatory compliance in the emerging cannabis and hemp industries.
Since the passage of Oregon’s Measure 91, Ben has helped clients from labs to retailers to obtain and keep every type of recreational marijuana license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He is experienced in structuring complex transactions that provide cannabis industry brands access to interstate markets without violating state laws or federal enforcement priorities. Ben is active in engaging with federal, state and local regulators in order to ensure common sense, business-friendly regulation of the marijuana industry.
Ben’s practice has scaled with the cannabis industry. As a solo practitioner in 2015, he organized the LLCs that received some of the first OLCC retail licenses. Today, he counsels multinational companies navigating mergers and acquisitions worth tens of millions of dollars.