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PORTLAND – Denton Bingham Greenbaum announced that Hannah King has joined the company as a partner in the cannabis law, litigation and practice groups. King, headquartered in Portland, is one of Maine’s leading authorities in the highly regulated and complex cannabis industry. She has extensive experience advising hundreds of cannabis businesses for her practice in Denton.

King’s growing national practice includes advising hundreds of cannabis clients from small family-run businesses to large publicly traded, multi-state businesses in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. They represent a wide range of business types including separate hydrocarbon, distillate and CO2 extraction facilities for medical and adult purposes, food and beverage producers, growers, retailers, testing laboratories, as well as vertically integrated operators. They also represent investors, real estate owners, and subsidiaries, including financial institutions.

King also works on local and state licensing, permits, and regulatory compliance as well as helping cannabis companies navigate cannabis laws in complex business and financial transactions and litigation.

Few industries in the United States present legal issues more complex than cannabis. It is critical to have a legal team capable of advising on this sophisticated and complex legal field for the viability of any cannabis business. Hana understands how to approach the complex legal challenges in this Eric Berlin, Partner and Head of the Denton Global Cannabis Law Practice Group, said her expertise will be particularly valuable to our large and growing cannabis law practice.The Denton Cannabis Law Practice Group has been recognized nationally for its work in the cannabis sector, having received Named Cannabis Practice Group of the Year in 2021 by Law360, as a Tier 1 Company by the Legal 500 and as a Tier 2 Company by Chambers. Dentons was also selected as one of MGO’s Cannabis 50 in the publication Cannabis Impact Review MGO recognizes the most inspiring and influential individuals and entities and innovation in the cannabis industry.

King describes moving to Denton as a valuable career move for both her practice and her clients. “I have already met new legal partners from around the world – Germany, South Africa, the Netherlands and Canada – and across the country who are doing cutting edge legal work in the cannabis field. Accessing the talent within the Denton platform is an amazing next step for my practice and added value for my clients,” King said.

Keith Pace, managing partner at Dentons Bingham Greenebaum, outlined a talent-focused growth strategy. “Collateral talent in secondary markets is an essential part of our firm’s new business model. By combining Dentons technology platform and global access to the exceptional talent of lawyers like Hannah, we have a unique and powerful ‘in-community’ approach that gives our clients access to top-tier legal talent Across the World US and Around the World The global Dentons brand employs 20,000 people and 12,000 lawyers in 200 locations.

Since 2016, King has represented the cannabis business in the Maine legislature. As a representative of Maine Professionals for regulating marijuana, King helped draft and pass Maine’s marijuana legalization law and important amendments to Maine’s Medical Use of Marijuana Act. Because of her legal experience and collaborative problem-solving skills, King has been appointed to represent the adult cannabis industry in Maine on the Maine Marijuana Advisory Committee, which was formed to continuously study and make recommendations to the legislature on best practices for regulating marijuana.

King also advises private businesses and tribal clients on state and federal laws for cannabis, helping them comply with the complex and diverse federal laws that govern the production and sale of hemp and hemp products, including food products containing hemp extracts.

King has been recognized as the highest rated cannabis attorney by Super Lawyers. She contributes frequently to local and national publications and presents at nationwide conferences on cannabis law. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maine Law School and her BA from Prescott College.

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