Cannabis Law: Present and Future


Wednesday, September 25


9:30 am - 6:00 pm


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Gold Sponsor:  Greenbridge Corporate Counsel  Media Sponsor:  Cannabis Law Digest

A cutting-edge CLE workshop on cannabis business law in California and beyond, both lawyers and non-lawyers are welcome.  Participants will earn 5.25 hours of MCLE credits for attending the program.   Those coming into the field as well as experienced practitioners will be provided the latest information on cannabis laws and regulations.  All attendees receive a 3-Day Expo Pass.

You may attend the full day program without receiving CLE credits for $350.

10:00 AM
Opening Remarks

Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, California NORML
Keynote by: Robert Ahn, President, Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
The State of Cannabis Laws and Regulations in California

While state regulations will continue to develop over the next several years, the bulk of the heavy lifting is mostly over for those crafting, shaping and influencing. Now that the action has died down at the state level, what are the latest licensing developments and opportunities at the local level? What regulatory issues remain at the state level, especially with respect to METRC implementation and state cannabis tax regulations?

Moderator: Jesse Stout, Attorney, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
Amanda Ostrowitz, Founder, CannaRegs
Pam Epstein, Co-Founder, Green Wise Legal, P.C.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Cannabis Industry Consolidation: Mergers, Acquisitions, RTOs and IPOs

The regulated cannabis industry in the U.S. and Canada is growing by leaps and bounds, with thousands of licenses now having been awarded by governmental agencies at the local, state, provincial and federal levels. While some businesses have been able to scale their operations with modest private investment and bootstrapping, many have required additional capital and support to launch and sustain viable businesses.  These conditions have created much consolidation, with well-capitalized operators and investors on the hunt for attractive assets, and sellers looking for lucrative exits. The capital markets have been a key driver of this investment activity, with Canadian stock exchanges and investment banks leading the way thanks to federal legalization in Canada and the continuing federal prohibition in the United States.  Many U.S.-based businesses are now listed on Canadian stock exchanges, and many still are being approached as acquisition targets by growth-hungry public companies and investors.  Lawyers advising companies in these transactions need to be aware of a wide-range of legal issues, including with respect to cannabis regulations, securities law, tax and intellectual property. 

Panelists will provide an overview of recent trends in cannabis-industry deals, focusing on the regulatory and legal challenges facing buyers, sellers and issuers when dealing with cross-border and public-company transactions. The role of intellectual property commercialization in these deals and key considerations for operating in the very different regulatory environment North of the border will also be discussed.  Panelists will also work through hypothetical transactions to help practitioners identify and understand some of the more common regulatory and legal hurdles, and discuss how to effectively counsel cannabis-industry clients in these deals. 

Moderator: Ellen Moy, Attorney, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
Marco Materazzi, Shareholder, Emerge Law Group
David Wood, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Status of Hemp CBD under Federal and California Laws and Regulations: "To infuse or not to infuse (with hemp CBD), that is the question."

The the 2018 US Farm Bill, opportunities have opened up for domestic hemp/CBD production and distribution. Find out the opportunities and pitfalls in federal, state and local law.

Moderator: Anne Van Leynseele, Of Counsel, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP
David Kramer, Associate Attorney, Vincente Sederberg LLP
Michael Chernis, Founding Member, Chernis Law Group
Sean McAllister, Founding Attorney, McAllister Garfield, P.C.

12:45 PM - 1:45
Lunch Break

Special Guest Speaker: Tamara Colson, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Consumer Affairs, Legal Affairs Division

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Evolution of California Social Equity Programs: Accessing Opportunity in California's Cannabis Industry

Equity programs are in place in several California cities, and state and local funding is opening up for such programs. Learn how to navigate the legal requirements for these programs and help equity applicants get started and stay in business.

Moderator: Ellen Moy, Attorney, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
Alexander Freedman, Deputy City Attorney, Office of the City Attorney, Los Angeles
Yelena Katchko, Founding Member and Equity Partner, Katchko, Vitiello & Karikomi, PC
Jeannette Zanipatin, California State Director, Drug Policy Alliance

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
"Let me tell you where you can stick that warning!": A panel on Marketing, Advertising, Packaging and Labeling Laws and Regulations under MAUCRSA

This is a panel about the intersection of IP, consumer protection, youth prevention and regulation in California's cannabis industry. Panelists will cover and explain California statutes and regulations addressing compliant white labeling arrangements, compliant and non-compliant marketing and advertising, label warnings and disclosures, branding, packaging and other practical topics to help practitioners advise their clients in the cannabis industry.  

Moderator: Todd Winter, Managing Partner, WINTER LLP
Amanda Conley, Founding Partner, Brand & Branch LLP
Mathew Auric, Of Counsel, Hoban Law Group

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Afternoon Break

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Local Bans, Deliveries and Consumption Lounges: Topics in Local Cannabis Zoning Laws and Regulations

What is the current state of the law / regulation around deliveries of cannabis? What kinds of laws should we be advocating for in these spaces?

Moderator: Khurshid Khoja, Founder, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
David Ikenna Adams, Associate General Counsel, Eaze
Richard Pio Roda, Principal, Meyers Nave

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Employment Rights for Cannabis Consumers and Cannabis Industry Employees

Recent developments in the employment rights situation for cannabis users (medical and otherwise) have recently taken place nationally, both in legislatures and in courtrooms. These will be covered, along with steps forward for California and elsewhere.

Moderator: Dale Gieringer, Director, California NORML
Nicole Aaronson, Associate, Wilson Elser
Michael Plank, Associate, Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers

5:00 PM
Cocktail Reception/Networking