David Wenger

David Wenger is a New York City attorney and United States cannabis industry specialist. David advises institutional, family office, and high-net-worth investors and business entrants on opportunities in the US cannabis industry.


David focuses on the policy developments, reforming laws, evolving politics, dynamic local economies, and medical discoveries transforming the industry. He is in regular contact with many industry executives, thought leaders, professionals, and investors. 


David wrote the seminal White Paper on the US cannabis industry, "The Green Regulatory Arbitrage: A Case for Investing in US Multi-State Vertically-Integrated Cannabis Companies," published on New Cannabis Ventures. He has presented at the October 2018 major US industry conference, CWCB Expo in Boston, and has presented on the US cannabis industry at events for investment banking, private equity, and medical professionals.


In addition to advising on opportunities in the cannabis industry, David practices law with a group of attorneys who have extensive AmLaw 100 and federal court clerkship experience, providing transactional and dispute-resolution advice to a host of companies in the cannabis and other emerging industries.


Before David's current focus on the US cannabis industry, David practiced law for 12 years, including for nearly a decade at the global law firm DLA Piper advocating for foreign government and corporate clients in high-stakes complex cross-border disputes in US federal courts and international commercial and foreign investment arbitrations. David also counseled on structuring international transactions and investments with an eye to mitigating risk and avoiding disputes. David represented clients such as Petrobras, Kingdom of Thailand, Dubai ruler, Afghanistan, Pfizer, PPG, Irving Shipbuilding, Troy University, Oman, Stolt, Citizens Bank, W.P. Carey, and AIG.


David is a member of the United States Congress Cannabis Working Group. He is also a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association and New York Cannabis Bar Association, and senior editor of the Cannabis Law Digest. He is frequently quoted in media reports on the industry.