Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Cannabis Law Practice at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Jonathan Havens is the co-founder and co-chair of the Cannabis Law Practice at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. He also serves as chair of the firm’s Food and Beverage Practice and is a member of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice. Jonathan’s unique perspective on cannabis regulation is informed by his congressional, federal agency, and national and international law firm experience.
He counsels state cannabis license applicants and awardees, ancillary service and product providers, investors, management companies, and various other entities that are affected by federal and state marijuana laws, such as long-term care facilities and higher education institutions. Jonathan was named to the National Law Journal’s Cannabis Law Trailblazers list in 2018 and included in Chambers USA 2019: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his nationwide cannabis law practice.
He is regularly interviewed by mainstream and trade press outlets, alike, and has been quoted by or authored pieces for The New York Times, CNBC, The Los Angeles Times, WIRED, MarketWatch, Engadget, Law360, High Times Magazine, Cannabis Business Times, and HEMP Magazine. In addition, Jonathan regularly speaks at conferences and events all over the country.
Before entering private practice, Jonathan served as a regulatory counsel with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he focused on compliance and enforcement related to promotion, advertising, and labeling. Prior to law school, Jonathan served as a legislative aide in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
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