Rod Kight Expands Practice to Meet National and International Demand

Rod Kight is excited to share with you several recent developments and events in his expanding practice. From new websites to new relationships, there is much to celebrate. Here are some highlights:


In late January, Rod launched his new website at CannaBusiness.Law, focusing on his national and international practice in hemp commerce and the legal cannabis industry. Rod represents clients in all aspects of the burgeoning cannabis industry, from farmers to manufacturers, shippers to retailers, and laboratories to medical providers. The legal cannabis and hemp industries currently trade in the billions of dollars and are rapidly expanding. Rod is a cancer survivor who used medical marijuana to help him through chemotherapy. His personal story and positive experiences with medical cannabis can be found on his site in the “About the Firm” section.  

Rod’s new website features his popular blog, Kight on Cannabis: The Definitive Word on Weed, which he began in early 2015. Initially a Facebook presence, Rod has since published hundreds of articles, news commentaries, and interviews at the blog, which is read daily and frequently cited by a worldwide audience.


In early February, Rod penned a legal letter to Senator Thom Tillis and the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of H.R.1227-Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 and S.1689-Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. Rod’s advocacy made national news when his letter and Tillis’s position was reported on by Business Insider. You can find Rod’s Open Letter and Senator Tillis’ response on the Kight On Cannabis blog by clicking here. The Business Insider article is here.


In January 2018, North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine tagged Rod “The State’s Biggest Cannabis Advocate” in its cover article titled “PotCo”, which features an interview with Rod conducted in the Fall of 2017. You can find a link to the Super Lawyers article about him by clicking here. Rod was first included in the Super Lawyers main list in 2016. He was previously included as a Rising Star.


In mid December, 2017 Best Lawyers in America issued its 2017 Winter Business Edition, a magazine directed to C-suite executives nationwide. This edition featured Rod’s article “Beyond Rope and Dope”, written last summer, about the emerging international hemp industry. You can find a link to the article by clicking here. 2018 is Rod’s first year to be included in Best Lawyers in America.


Rod wrote the country’s first legal primer on Cannabis Business Law, “Cannabis Business Law-What You Need to Know”. It was published in 2015 by Aspatore, a Thomson-West group. Since that time, Rod has been involved with a number of prominent entities in the cannabis space, including the National Cannabis Bar Association, the National Cannabis Industry Association, Women Grow, NORML (where he is a national attorney advocate), and NC NORML (where is is the NC registered agent), and the Cannabis Law Report (CLR), an international legal journal for lawyers and industry professionals. Rod is a weekly contributor to CLR and will co-host an international cannabis business law podcast with a Canadian attorney. The podcast was created in part by CLR.


Since 2000, the Kight Law Office business and bankruptcy practice has steadily grown. Meanwhile, the rapid growth of the cannabis practice has created an opportunity for expansion. Rod has invited attorney Laura Ceva to join Kight Law in an Of Counsel capacity to work with bankruptcy clients.  

Laura Ceva is a consumer protection and foreclosure defense attorney. She realized early in her practice that bankruptcy was often a reasonable solution for clients facing foreclosure. She reached out to Rod for assistance in these matters from the start of her solo practice. Combining forces with Kight Law is a natural evolution for Laura. She will maintain her foreclosure defense practice while expanding on the consumer protection and debt relief services long afforded to her clients.

Rod and Laura will continue to build the bankruptcy practice in Western North Carolina while Rod expands the Kight On Cannabis practice internationally. He is in preliminary discussions to create a Kight on Cannabis physical presence in Portland, Oregon to better serve his industry clients on the west coast.


Kight Law Office and Kight on Cannabis recently moved to 84 West Walnut Street, Suite 201 in the historic Smith Carrier Building, also known as the Old Penney’s Building, in downtown Asheville, NC. The move was necessary to facilitate the changing work environment with Kight on Cannabis, including condo-style lodging for clients traveling to Asheville to meet with Rod. The office faces Haywood Street and is directly above Mobilia. The entrance is on West Walnut Street, across from Zambra’s Restaurant. Plan to come to our Open House on Tuesday, May 8, when the weather will be warm enough to enjoy the building’s panoramic rooftop views of Asheville and the surrounding mountains.  

Rod is a Board Certified Specialist in both Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Business Bankruptcy Law. He is an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, has been included in North Carolina Super Lawyers since 2016, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America Bankruptcy under the Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Section. Rod is an author, advocate, panelist, and educator. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Oregon.

Kight Law Office, PC is an Asheville Business and Bankruptcy Law Firm. Kight on Cannabis focuses on serving clients in the global cannabis industry. Rod’s practices accept referrals in the field of cannabis business law, as well as personal and corporate bankruptcy law. Rod actively supports peer attorneys and their clients where bankruptcy or debt restructuring offers benefit to their underlying cases, and in all matters relating to the burgeoning hemp and legal cannabis industries.

About Rod Kight

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