With the legalization of medical marijuana in Arizona, Janet Jackim has focused her business and real estate practice on advising businesses making their mark in the cannabis industry: dispensaries, farmers, cultivators, and producers; investors, partners and lenders; vendors; and landlords and tenants. She has served as counsel to dispensary certificate applicants and facilitated partner dispute resolution, buyout transactions, and business restructuring. With the assistance of local counsel, Janet advises multistate operators regarding the acquisition of cannabis operations across the nation.
Janet is a former real estate vice president and assistant general counsel at Circle K and has completed more than $1 billion (sales price) in mergers and acquisitions of private companies during almost four decades as a commercial real estate, business and, most recently, cannabis business attorney.
Her sound legal advice, coupled with advanced technical, operational and financial business acumen, provides a robust representation in this emerging, rapidly changing industry. For industry leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, Janet’s creativity is an added plus to analyzing and resolving the cannabis client’s issues.
To stay abreast of ever-changing Arizona and federal cannabis news and developments, Janet actively participates in the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association (secretary), the International Cannabis Bar Association, and numerous trade organizations, including the Marijuana Industry Trade Association, Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (board member), and Hemp Industry Trade Association. Janet is also a contributing member of the Meritas Cannabis Practice Steering Committee of North America, working with law firm affiliates across the United States.
Janet also co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of prescribing doctors in State v. Jones. The Arizona Supreme Court’s 2019 ruling in that case protects medical marijuana patients’ access to ointments, suppositories, edibles, tinctures and other resin-extracted products under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA).