Richard M. Blau Attorney At Law


Richard M. Blau - Attorney at Law

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Richard M. Blau is a shareholder with the law firm of GrayRobinson, P.A. He is chairman of the law firm's Regulated Products Law Department, and heads up the firm’s Cannabis Industry Law Team focusing on the rules and regulations that govern the cultivation and production, processing, distribution, sale and dispensing of medical marijuana, hemp, CBD and related cannabis products.

Mr. Blau has been rated by Chambers USA since 2007, and was among the first lawyers in America to be rated Band 1 Nationwide for Cannabis Law. He also is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. A substantial portion of Richard’s professional efforts are focused on trade regulations, litigation and dispute resolution involving regulated products, including medical marijuana, hemp, Cannabidiol (CBD) and related cannabis derivatives. He has been involved extensively with the legalization of cannabis in Florida since its outset with passage of the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 (SB 1030) into law on June 6, 2014. Mr. Blau also has represented several investors in the cannabis industry, advising principals on compliance issues associated with Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) license acquisitions.

An elected member of The American Law Institute, Richard also is a member of The Florida Bar, The New York Bar, The Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. Additionally, Richard served for over eight years as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Beverage Alcohol Practice. He currently serves as a board member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA).

Richard has written and lectured extensively on issues related to the legalization of the medical marijuana and broader cannabis industries, as well as the interaction between federal and state laws regulating cannabis. Most recently, he was the keynote speaker in the National Business Institute’s seminar Medical Marijuana in Florida, as well as a lecturer on Mastering Cannabis & Marijuana Regulation for The Rossdale Group, and a featured Cannabis Law expert for Florida Venture’s 2021 Cannabis Webinar. Richard also advises financial institutions and investment organizations such as JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Raymond James on the unique legal issues associated with the interplay between federal financial services regulations and state laws legalizing cannabis.

Mr. Blau has been interviewed regarding medical marijuana issues by newspaper, radio and television journalists from numerous media outlets. He also has written extensively regarding medical marijuana and cannabis. Examples include:

  • Virginia Legalizes Commercial Cannabis (Almost), Set to Be 1st Southern State to Clear Adult Use
  • Election Day 2020 is a Big Win for Cannabis: Every State Initiative on Marijuana Passes
  • A Step Forward for Cannabis Legitimacy: FinCEN Issues Guidance for Hemp Related Businesses
  • Legalizing the Recreational Use of Marijuana in Florida Appears a No-Go in 2019
  • Federal Appellate Court to Review Idaho Seizure of Industrial Hemp
  • FDA Issues New Warning Letters To Four CBD Products Companies

Mr. Blau received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as the Associate Editor for Topics of the Georgetown Law Journal.