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Cannabis compliance services for the Midwest


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Service Plans for Your Business

Our service plans are designed to give clear and consistent legal guidance to cannabis businesses of all sizes as operations evolve from strong start-ups to fully functioning and compliant enterprises.


Our Commitment

Dogwood Advisors is a compliance-focused cannabis law firm providing legal advice, services and representation to Missouri’s emerging medical and Illinois’ expanding cannabis industries. We are committed to developing successful businesses by providing a solid foundation of state and local regulatory compliance. We support cultivators, processors, manufacturers, and retail dispensers by staying on top of industry best practices and the maze of rapidly changing laws. Dogwood Advisors is committed to building long term relationships by counseling our clients with the highest level of integrity.

About Us

With seventeen years of legal experience and her own law office, Denise B. McCracken founded Dogwood Advisors in early 2019 to focus on the backbone of the cannabis industry–regulatory compliance. As a result, Ms. McCracken and the Dogwood team are developing a proficiency that turns ongoing, time consuming and rigorous regulatory responsibilities into efficient and affordable legal advice and services for cannabis businesses of all sizes.

Ms. McCracken’s legal experience encompasses litigation, transactions and investigations in matters governed by local, state and federal law on behalf of public bodies, private individuals and businesses. Practice areas with significant regulatory oversight include school, special education, and labor law. She has appeared in federal and state courts as well as advocated on behalf of her clients in administrative proceedings. During a six year hiatus from law, Ms. McCracken devoted herself to non-profits as a full-time grant manager with responsibilities in program evaluation, strategic development, grant writing and reporting. Her experience, versatility and integrity make Ms. McCracken an asset to her clients and the evolving cannabis industry.

Ms. McCracken is licensed in Missouri and Illinois.

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