Lake & Wyngaard Lawyers
Legal Services for the Cannabis Industry
The Cannabis Industry is one of the fastest and most profitable growing industries in the United States. It is projected to reach the 90 Billion global valuation by 2026.
This brings a huge business opportunity to established companies and entrepreneurs wanting to succeed in the medical and recreational marijuana business industry. There are however complex labor and regulatory hurdles that need to be overcome, especially at the federal level, but as more states legalize cannabis, this multibillion dollar industry will grow even faster.
Lake & Wyngaard Cannabis Lawyers are deeply familiar with the labor and business issues that companies, farms, growers and employers have to face on a regular basis. Our experienced lawyers will help build the foreign reliable workforce your business needs to thrive in this emerging market.
Give us a call, our legal team will develop a customized solution to help you achieve your busines objectives and to avoid legal and business risks.
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Our legal team will take away your hiring and visa application worries so you can focus on your business
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USA Work & Business Investor Visas
We help American Cannabis Businesses fulfill their company goals by solving their labor and business demands with legal solutions. Instead of dealing with employment law matters or regulatory compliance, our clients can focus instead on growing and expanding their operations.
H-2A Visas for Seasonal Cannabis Agricultural Workers
Foreign temporary or seasonal cannabis industry workforce
H-2B Visas for temporary non-Agricultural Cannabis Workers
For individuals and their immediate families who wish to legally live and work in the United States.
0-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa
For individuals wanting to do specialized cannabis related work in the United States.
Non-Immigrant Visa Waivers
For Temporary Residence in the U.S.. The foreign citizen must file the application for a waiver from outside the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions
Neither an H-2A employer or an H-2A worker is required to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on H-2A wages. However, workers may owe US federal income tax when they file income tax returns for the year. Because of this, some workers would prefer an employer to withhold from the workers paycheck. In order to do this, both the worker and employer must agree to withhold federal income tax. The worker must complete and return Form W-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, to the employer. Note that some states allow employers to withhold the employee’s portion of workers compensation. Review the workers compensation laws for your state.
Employers who participate in the H-2A program are required to provide free housing to all workers who are not reasonably able to return to their homes at the end of the day. The employer provided housing must meet all of the Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
Hemp growers can participate in both the H-2A and H-2B visa programs. The H-2A visa program is for agricultural jobs, which includes post-harvest and processing jobs. The H-2B visa program is for non-agricultural duties within the industry.
When possible, the paperwork for H-2 visas (both H-2A and H-2B) should begin 4 to 6 months before they need their workers to arrive.
Yes! The H-2A visa program is a great solution for hemp growers that have difficulty finding reliable and affordable agricultural workers. The 2018 Farm Bill made industrial Hemp federally legal and therefore these growers are eligible to use the H-2A guest worker program. Because marijuana is not yet legal on a Federal level, they are not able to use the H-2A program…. YET.
Do you want to come to the U.S. to travel or to expand your business but were arrested or convicted of a crime in the past?
A Non-Immigrant Visa Waiver may offer a solution for you!
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Superior Legal Services for the Cannabis Industry
At Lake & Wyngaard success is measured by our client’s metrics. Our experienced cannabis business attorneys have the skills and legal insight to tackle any hemp or marijuana business related compliance issues. We have decades of combined legal experience and are up to date in labor and marijuana legislation.