Meet Rod Kight

Attorney | Author | Advocate

Licensed in North Carolina and Oregon

I am an attorney who represents businesses in the cannabis industry in the US and internationally. I consult, assist with strategic planning, advise on compliance issues, and offer a full array of business services to the cannabis sector, including hemp, CBD and other cannabinoids, medical marijuana, and adult use marijuana. I also draft legislation for governments and promote cannabis in lawful international markets. 

Thought Leadership for the Hemp and Cannabis Industries

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Rod's Story

I have been an advocate for cannabis reform all of my adult life and personally experienced its beneficial effects while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for testicular cancer. I have been in remission for years. You can read about my cannabis law journey by clicking here. I am fortunate to provide legal services to businesses in the cannabis industry, including hemp, CBD, and medical and adult use marijuana. I am the author of "Cannabis Business Law", a legal business primer for industry professionals and lawyers. It is the first published book of its kind. I am also the creator of Kight On Cannabis, a blog dedicated to legal issues affecting the cannabis industry. I sit on the advisory board for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine, a peer reviewed publication, to which I also contribute articles on cannabis-related legal issues facing the medical industry.

For two decades I have represented thousands of businesses and individuals in legal matters. During that time I have provided legal guidance to clients covering a broad span of business issues, including entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, shareholder disputes, joint ventures, mergers, tax matters, intellectual property protection, commercial litigation, appeals, asset sales, bankruptcy, and dissolution.

In addition to the law I am passionate about music and play guitar every day. I gig with my rock band most weekends. I am in love with my wife, who also happens to be the first girl I kissed on a playdate in first grade. We have a blended family of 5 great kids who never cease to inspire, challenge, encourage, and educate us about themselves, ourselves, and life. We are fortunate to live in Asheville, NC and travel often.

I hope to get an opportunity to speak with you. Although I have almost two decades of experience practicing law and know what I’m talking about, the most important things I’d like to convey are that I care and I listen. I’ve got my share of grey hairs and have handled thousands of cases; however, I’m not an aloof, judgmental, starched shirt lawyer. I’d rather wear my jeans to the office, have a real conversation, and get to know you and your business.

Honors & Recognitions


Board Certified Specialist in Consumer & Business Bankruptcy Law

Rod is a Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization.  Rod is licensed to practice in North Carolina and Oregon.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Rod was selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2012 and to the North Carolina Super Lawyers main list since 2015

Recognized by Business North Carolina Legal Elite

Selected to Business North Carolina Legal Elite Bankruptcy Section 2016-2017

AVVO Superb Rated Lawyer

10.0 Rating on Avvo; 28 5-Star Client Reviews and counting.

Avvo Client Choice Award

Avvo Client Choice Award Recipient 2015

AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell

AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell since 2014

Included in Best Lawyers in America 2018

Selected to Best Lawyers in America 2018 and Best Lawyers in America 2017 Winter Business Edition

Schools and Degrees

  • Furman University
    • BA in Philosophy in 1994
    • studied classical and jazz guitar.
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    • Juris Doctor 1999

Admissions & Accolades

  • Admitted, North Carolina State Bar (1999)
  • Admitted, Oregon State Bar (2016)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2012
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Rated Lawyer
  • Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers, since 2016
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2016-2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2018
  • Listed in MG Magazine's "30 Powerful Litigators", 2018
  • U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers in America’s Best Law Firms, 2019

Memberships & Advocacy

  • North Carolina Bar Association, member
  • National Cannabis Bar Association, member
  • National Cannabis Industry Association, member
  • Women Grow, Asheville Chapter (former chapter), member
  • NORML, national attorney advocate
  • NC NORML, registered agent

Writing and Speaking

An avid writer and public speaker, Rod maintains a cannabis law blog, Kight On Cannabis, and has spoken widely about cannabis law to professional and industry groups across the country. He has been a columnist for the Cannabis Law Report. His book, “Cannabis Business Law-What You Need to Know”, was published by Aspatore, a Thomson-Reuters legal publishing company, in August 2015. Written for individuals interested in starting a cannabis business who need to know the legal “lay of the land”, it was the first book of its kind. Rod has published articles on cannabis law in the Cannabis Law Journal and Best Lawyers. He co-published an article on CBD with Dr. Jamie Coroon in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, a peer reviewed journal. Rod is a regular resource for journalists covering cannabis legal issues. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Pot News Network, Leafly, and other industry publications. Rod has been a guest on national and international podcasts about cannabis law. His blog posts are routinely quoted in online industry publications and by businesses across the world.

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Legal thought leadership for the cannabis industry backed by nearly two decades of business consultancy experience.

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