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As Team Leader for Steptoe & Johnson’s Cannabis Counsel, Ryan Dunne Ewing represents numerous cannabis organizations through a comprehensive understanding of the cannabis industry, a proactive approach to regulation and corporate compliance, and a demonstrated ability to apply his first-hand cannabis knowledge and experience in furthering his clients’ business.  Ryan regularly represents corporate vertically-integrated cannabis growers, processors, and wholesale dispensaries, and he is the acting General Counsel to numerous wholesale, resale, and retail producers/brokers of hemp and hemp products throughout the eastern United States.


Ryan regularly counsels his clients on an ever-changing regulatory landscape, including the interstate sale of hemp and hemp products under the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills and the marketing, labeling, and sale of CBD and Delta-8 THC products.  Experienced in all facets of the cannabis industry, Ryan provides thoughtful counsel on everything from making application for a hemp license or medical cannabis permit to guidance on day-to-day operations and compliance obligations for growers, processors, and dispensaries.


Memberships & Awards



Named to the Top 7 Cannabis Attorneys in the U.S. by The Vape Report
Global Top 200 Cannabis Attorneys, Cannabis Law Report
Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law
Published Contributor, The National Law Review
CALI Award, Mining Law
CALI Award, Urban Sprawl and the Law



Cannabis Law Report
The National Law Review, Cannabis
Marijuana Business Daily
Hemp Business Daily
Leadership Kanawha Valley


Key Experience

Successfully awarded high-scoring medical cannabis processor and dispensary permits under the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, including facility plans, standard operating procedures, security/surveillance considerations, product labeling, and employment policies and procedures.


Provided general counsel services to international vertically-integrated medical cannabis organization, comprising general corporate counsel, state-specific regulatory compliance, drafting, review, and submission of permit applications, real estate concerns, and lobbying efforts.


Provided general counsel services to wholesale distributor of Delta-8 THC products in six states, comprising federal and state compliance under both the Controlled Substances Act and Federal Analogue Act, as well as compliant labeling and provision of sale under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.


Represented the largest wholesale distributor of CBD/hemp products throughout Appalachia.


Ensures federal and state-specific compliance under the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills

Represents hemp growers and processors before their respective state-specific Departments of Agriculture for THC-sampling matters, responsible authority concerns, and interstate transportation of embargoed hemp crops.



Contact info:

(412) 551-2250



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Ryan D. Ewing - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Cannabis Law - West Virginia

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