Law Seminars International Presents:

A Timely Comprehensive Seminar on

Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

Anticipating legal, regulatory and business issues for growing, processing and dispensing medical marijuana

August 25, 2017

Philadelphia, PA

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Attorneys, producers, government officials, landowners, healthcare and business professionals, financiers and other cannabis operators anticipating the development of the medical marijuana industry in Pennsylvania

Why You Should Order

Earlier this year the Pennsylvania Department of Health began accepting applications for businesses to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana. Individuals who receive a permit, and those looking to enter this industry during the next phase of permitting, will face numerous and varying legal dilemmas. While this new industry is being forged, legal counsel and other professionals need to be prepared to provide their clients informed and competent advice.

This seminar will provide business professionals with everything they need to know about Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program. With less than a year until stores open, the speakers will focus on real world issues and implications such as: obtaining a permit; establishing a corporate structure; employment law and marijuana; education and Safe Harbor Letters; land use zoning and permitting; real estate leasing and acquisition; and cannabis industry money issues.

A distinguished faculty of attorneys and consultants will provide the practical information you can use today.

~ William G. Roark, Esq. of Hamburg Rubin Mullin Maxwell & Lupin PC and Christine Taylor Brann, Esq., of JSDC Law Offices, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~Overview of important components of SB 3
  • ~Lessons from Phase 1 Applications for successful permitting and operating
  • ~Education & Safe Harbor Letters
  • ~Corporate structures for the cannabis industry
  • ~Employment law and medical marijuana
  • ~Challenges for valuing cannabis businesses
  • ~Land use and transactions
  • ~Cannabis industry money issues: Raising capital and finding banking solutions

What Attendees Said

  • "This has been one of the better, most practical collection of presentations on cannabis law that I've attended. Highly knowledgeable presenters and good, useful substance."
  • "Great intercommunication! Thank you for putting on a productive seminar!"
  • "I appreciate such a professional environment & this seminar was very helpful & well laid out."

Friday, August 25, 2017

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview of the Medical Marijuana Act (SB 3)

An overview of the important components of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act and supporting regulations; insights into the future for the industry from the issues that arose during development of the regulations and how they were resolved

William G. Roark, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Hamburg Rubin Mullin Maxwell & Lupin PC / Lansdale, PA

Christine Taylor Brann, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
JSDC Law Offices / Hershey, PA

9:30 am

Obtaining a Permit & Staying Ahead of the Curve

Lessons learned from Phase 1 Applications for successfully obtaining a permit in Pennsylvania under SB3; Looking into the future to ensure you don't get shut down should the law change

William G. Roark, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Hamburg Rubin Mullin Maxwell & Lupin PC / Lansdale, PA

Troy F. Kaplan, Esq. , Licensing, Regulations and Compliance Consultant
Capital Cannabis Consulting / Franklin Lakes, NJ

Jamie M. Ware, Esq. , Senior Associate
S.R. Wojdak & Associates / Philadelphia, PA

10:45 am


11:00 am

Education & Safe Harbor Letters

Update on the physician registry; education requirements; provisions & concerns for schools with enrolled minors who have the safe harbor letter; how to determine when it's safe to start using medical marijuana

Christine Taylor Brann, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
JSDC Law Offices / Hershey, PA

11:30 am

Setting Up For Doing Business

Establishing a corporate structure and contracting with business partners

John K. Weston, Esq.
Sacks Weston Diamond LLC / Philadelphia, PA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Issues at The Intersection of Employment Law & Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana in the workplace

Theresa Mongiovi, Esq.
Brubaker Connaugton Goss & Lucarelli LLC / Lancaster, PA

Employment consequences from a plaintiff's perspective

Steven Auerbach, Esq. , Principal
Law Office of Steven T. Auerbach / Narberth, PA

2:15 pm

Appraisal Nuances and Challenges for Valuing Cannabis Businesses

Ronald Seigneur, ASA, CGMA , Managing Partner
Seigneur Gustafson LLP / Lakewood, CO

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Land Use, Zoning and Real Estate Transactions

Land use permitting: Case law update on zoning ordinances; tips for dealing with local permitting officials

John F. Walko, Esq.
Hamburg Rubin Mullin Maxwell & Lupin PC / Lansdale, PA

Real estate transactions: Real property purchase & sale agreements; cannabis-intensive lease provisions; remedies for dealing with defaults; concerns for landowners when leasing to producers

Paul Logan, Esq.
Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo PC / King Of Prussia, PA

4:00 pm

Cannabis Industry Money Issues: Raising Capital and Finding Banking Solutions

Raising capital; Entity and investment structuring, equity alternatives, and banking solutions; Planning and operating in a hostile tax environment: An overview of tax statutes of limitations, collections, and settlements; common tax planning techniques

James Thorburn, Esq.
Thorburn Walker LLC / Greenwood Village, CO

Ronald Seigneur, ASA, CGMA , Managing Partner
Seigneur Gustafson LLP / Lakewood, CO

Catia Kossovsky, Esq.
Tucker Arensberg, P.C. / Pittsburgh, PA

5:15 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

William G. Roark, William G. Roark, Program Co-Chair, is a Principal of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin and Chair of the firms medical marijuana practice. He represents individuals and businesses in the medical marijuana industry by helping them comply with Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act. He assists clients to understand the permitting application process and the requirements associated with entering this industry.

Christine Taylor Brann, Christine Taylor Brann, Program Co-Chair, of JSDC Law Offices, heads the newly-formed JSDC Medical Cannabis Group. She helped lead the legislative efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, and worked closely with legislators and others on the content of the state's medical cannabis law, which gives her special insight into its varied stipulations and unparalleled access to regulators and legislators.

Steven Auerbach, Principal, Law Office of Steven T. Auerbach, concentrates the non-marijuana areas of his practice on personal injury, commercial law, family law, on-the-job and traffic accidents, and unemployment compensation. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Cannabis Growers Association of Pennsylvania and chairs a regulated substances group within the Commonwealth.

Troy F. Kaplan is a Licensing, Regulations and Compliance Consultant at Capital Cannabis Consulting. He provides licensing and compliance advice to clients in highly-regulated cannabis programs, including dispensaries, cultivation centers and manufacturing facilities, in virtually every state. He has developed and drafted new cannabis legislation and regulations.

Catia Kossovsky is a member of the Business and Finance Group at Tucker Arensberg, P.C. She focuses on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital financing, commercial finance, investment management and medical marijuana law. She also advises clients on governance, disclosure, and compliance in those areas.

Paul A. Lo gan is a Shareholder at Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo PC. He focuses on the representation of contractors and other businesses which deal with local, state, and federal governments, and handles complex construction litigation, commercial litigation, real estate development, and transactional matters.

Theresa Mongiovi is a partner at Brubaker Connaugton Goss & Lucarelli LLC and Chair of the Employment and Labor Law Department. She concentrates her practice in representing businesses, municipalities, non-profits, and executives in all aspects of the employment relationship. She also represents clients in business and commercial litigation.

Ronald Seigneur is the Man aging Partner of Seigneur Gustafson LLP. He has over 25 years of valuation experience and has been endorsed as an expert witness in several jurisdictions and has served in appointments such as trustee, mediator, arbitrator and special master of the court. He has written and taught advanced level valuation courses in several states for the AICPA, NACVA state bar associations and the EPA.

James Thorburn is a founding partner of Thorburn Walker LLC. He provides legal representation in cannabis tax law, litigation and general business representation, helping dispensaries, grow facilities, and other businesses navigate complex legal issues such as tax court and IRS audits.

John F. Walko is a member of Hamburg Rubin Mullin Maxwell & Lupin PC's Municipal Law, Real Estate Law, Medical Marijuana, and Criminal Defense departments. He serves as the Solicitor for Narberth Borough, Solicitor to Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds, and Deputy Solicitor for Upper Merion Township and West Vincent Township.

Jamie M. Ware is a Senior Associate at S.R. Wojdak & Associates. She focuses on health and public health law policy research, analysis, and advocacy, with expertise in strategy development and implementation, as well as policy issues related to medical marijuana, population health, environmental health, provider scope of practice and behavioral health.

John K. Weston is a partner at Sacks Weston Diamond LLC, and Head of the Complex Litigation Department. He handles the firms unusual cases and supervises litigation, handling environmental litigation, commercial law, and appellate practice.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 7.0 PA CLE credits, 8.0 NJ CLE credits, 8.0 NY CLE credits and 8.5 CO CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.