Rod Kight selected by Aspatore Books as author of new authoritative book

Rod Kight is pleased to announce that his newest book, Cannabis Business Law: What You Need to Know (Quick Prep), has been published by Aspatore Books, A Thomson Reuters (WestLaw) business, and was released for sale on August 4, 2015. This authoritative text addresses progressive legal subject matter and considerations for businesses in the growing cannabis industry.


Cannabis Business Law provides a thorough, top-down view of the legal issues that a cannabis business owner can expect to face. Although the cannabis industry grows at an unprecedented rate and the “green rush” is discussed in major media outlets on a daily basis, the law lags behind. As a whole, the cannabis industry faces contradictory laws, unfair tax treatment, litanies of overlapping regulations, an inability to participate fully in some forms of federal intellectual property protections, and limited access to banking services, among other hurdles. Joining the industry without a strong understanding of the law is risky at best. This book is written by a business lawyer for investors and attorneys. Written in a direct and easy-to-read style, it addresses complex legal issues head-on and covers all of the major legal issues that are unique to cannabis businesses. Whether you are opening a dispensary, leasing to an edibles manufacturer, creating a state of the art growing system, overhauling a casual co-op into a fully functioning non-profit organization, or becoming involved in the cannabis industry in any number of other ways, this book will benefit you by giving you knowledge of the legal issues that you will face, accompanied by practical methods for dealing with them.

Rod’s Asheville practice focuses on business law and bankruptcy. He has represented businesses and business owners in all aspects of business development, including advising clients on entity formation, resolving tax issues, engaging in contract negotiations, consulting on share transfers, pursuing sham international investment brokers, participating on non-profit boards, and litigating partnership and shareholder disputes. As a bankruptcy specialist and has represented numerous businesses through complex reorganizations and dissolutions in bankruptcy court. A strong believer in cannabis for personal and medical use, Mr. Kight is an attorney advocate for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Rod is a member of Women Grow, a national organization promoting female leadership in the cannabis industry. He has consulted with cannabis business owners, has been a presenter on legal issues at cannabis seminars, and is eager to share his knowledge with those who are interested in making an impact on this exciting and rapidly developing industry.

Rod has also authored chapters in “The North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual” (“The Manual”), 6th Ed. (2007) as well as the 7th (most current) edition published in 2012. The Manual is the authoritative source for the practice of bankruptcy law in North Carolina. Rod was also a contributing author to “Best Practices for Filing Chapter 13″, an Aspatore Inside the Minds book, and “Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Law 2014: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year”, an Aspatore Thought Leadership Series book. Aspatore is a Thomson Reuters’ publisher.

Rod Kight is a Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law. He has been certified by both the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification. Rod received his law degree from The University of South Carolina School of Law and holds a BA in philosophy from Furman University. He is an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer through Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized by Business North Carolina Legal Elite in Bankruptcy Law and North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars. He founded Kight Law Office, PC in 2000. Rod accepts referrals in the field of bankruptcy law and actively supports attorneys in matters where bankruptcy or debt restructuring can be beneficial to underlying cases. Currently, Rod focuses his practice on resolving complex matters involving businesses and individuals with debt issues, both in and out of bankruptcy court, and on representing business clients in general business matters and disputes.

Rod runs the popular website Kight on Cannabis, and Facebook blog, which discuss legal issues, news and opinion regarding the cannabis industry. His business and bankruptcy law practice website can be found at Rod can be invited to speak at upcoming events by contacting him here.

About Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters Business

Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business, exclusively publishes C-Level executives and partners from the world’s most respected companies and law firms. Each publication provides professionals of all levels with proven business and legal intelligence from industry insiders direct and unfiltered insight from those who know it best. Aspatore Books is committed to publishing an innovative line of business and legal titles that lay forth principles and offer insights that can have a direct financial impact on the reader’s business objectives.

Cannabis Business Law can be purchased immediately by calling Aspatore Books at 1-800-328-9352 or by visiting their website:

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