Law Seminars International Presents: A One-Day Comprehensive Seminar on

Cannabis in Indian Country
Legal and practical implications of the recent Department of Justice policy statement

June 8, 2015
We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, Tribal representatives, agency officials, and business professionals involved in, or interested in becoming involved in the cannabis industry

Why You Should Order

On October 28, 2014, the United States Department of Justice issued a "Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country." While the memo did not support marijuana legalization, it was very supportive of Tribal sovereignty and strongly promoted Tribes' authority to ban or legalize marijuana on their own lands. Consequently, this Statement has caused both interest and concern among Native American Tribes and their legal representatives. Join us in a seminar addressing the important legal, regulatory, business, practical, and social and health matters facing those Native American Tribes seeking to enter, navigate, and learn about the cannabis industry and how it may affect Tribal economies and Tribal members.

We will analyze and discuss the DOJ's Statement regarding the integration of marijuana on Tribal lands and the interplay between federal, Tribal, and state laws. The seminar will also provide practical tips and strategies for assisting Tribes with their choice of legal marijuana models, including for both recreational and medical marijuana, as adopted by some of the states, as well as taxation, banking, financing issues, and business development concerns including intellectual property, all in the context of the cannabis industry concerning what Tribes may encounter should they opt to take advantage of the DOJ's Statement. We will also address the emerging ethical tensions of practicing in the marijuana industry in the context of advising Tribes regarding marijuana legalization on Tribal lands. Please join us for what will be a very informative and interactive program.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Hilary Bricken, Esq. of Canna Law Group, a practice of Harris Moure and Judith M. Dworkin, Esq. of Sacks Tierney P.A.

What You Will Learn


Monday, June 08, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Hilary Bricken, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Canna Law Group, a practice of Harris Moure / Seattle, WA

Judith M. Dworkin, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sacks Tierney P.A. / Scottsdale, AZ

8:45 am

Federal Law and Policy Regulating Marijuana on Tribal Lands

U.S. Department of Justice's recent "Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country."

Charles W. Galbraith, Esq.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP / Washington, DC

9:30 am

State Laws Regulating Marijuana and Various Models of Legalization to Consider as a Tribe, Including Medical and Recreational Use and Commercial Business Development

Main tenets of Amendment 64: How has it integrated with the existing medical marijuana marketplace; Denver's priorities regarding policing and local industry regulation

Hilary Bricken, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Canna Law Group, a practice of Harris Moure / Seattle, WA

Tom Carr, Esq., City Attorney
City of Boulder / Boulder, CO

10:30 am


10:45 am

Tribal Jurisdiction and Regulation of Marijuana

The Intersection of Federal, State, and Tribal Laws

Judith M. Dworkin, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sacks Tierney P.A. / Scottsdale, AZ

11:15 am

Selecting the Best Basic Strategy for Tribal Participation in Cannabis Industry Activities

Own/operate or regulate/tax?

Jason A. Marks, Esq.
Jason Marks Law, LLC / Albuquerque, NM

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Regulatory and Operational Issues Affecting Cannabis Business Development

Tribal securities, investment, and banking in the marijuana industry

Robert McVay, Esq.
Canna Law Group, a practice of Harris Moure / Seattle, WA

Taxation and the treatment of cannabis income: IRS 280E

James G. Hunt, Esq.
The Law Office of James G. Hunt PLLC / Seattle, WA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Social and Health Issues to Consider for Legalization on Tribal Lands

Diana Yazzie Devine, President/CEO
Native American Connections, Inc. / Phoenix, AZ

4:00 pm

Ethics: Advising Tribes Contemplating Legalization or Cannabis Businesses on Tribal Lands

Philip Buri, Esq.
Buri Funston Mumford, PLLC / Bellingham, WA

Matthew Kumin, Esq.
The Law Office of Matthew Kumin, A.P.C. / San Francisco, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for attendance or live webcasting, for this program is $595 with a group rate of $445 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $395. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 6.5 AZ CLE (incl. 1 ethics) credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Faculty Bios

Hilary Bricken, Program Co-Chair, attorney, Canna Law Group, a practice of Harris Moure, assists clients with corporate structure, intellectual property protection to branding, real estate transactions, licensing, and application of cannabis law, and counsels clients on the increasingly confusing and murky legal climate of state and local cannabis laws.

Judith M. Dworkin, Program Co-Chair, head of Sacks Tierney P.A.'s Indian Law and Tribal Relations Practice Group, focuses on the representation of economic development efforts by Indian Tribes and is experienced in Indian law issues.

Philip Buri, founder, Buri Funston Mumford, PLLC, focuses his practice on appellate and civil litigation and represents community associations. Previously, he was an appellate litigator at Brett & Daugert and a law clerk in the United States District Court and Washington Supreme Court.

Tom Carr, City Attorney, City of Boulder, is the legal advisor to the City Council, all City boards and commissions and all City officials. He also represents the City in City litigation and serves as City Prosecutor in Municipal Court.

Diana "Dede" Yazzie Devine, is President/CEO for Native American Connections, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that provides comprehensive behavioral health services, affordable housing, and community based economic development opportunities. NAC serves all populations with a targeted mission to serve Native Americans living both in the Phoenix urban area and from Tribal communities.

Charles W. Galbraith, partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and focuses his practice on litigation and Native American affairs. Previously, he was the White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, where he managed the relationship of the White House with 566 Tribal Governments and Native American people.

James G. Hunt, managing member, The Law Office of James G. Hunt PLLC, is experienced in advising individuals, non-profit organizations, closely-held businesses and Fortune 100 companies on multi-state tax issues, as well as, federal and state tax controversies. He is also Chair of the State and Local Tax Committee of the Washington State Bar Association.

Matthew Kumin, The Law Office of Matthew Kumin, A.P.C., has provided comprehensive representation to many small and medium sized businesses, medical cannabis dispensaries, collectives/cooperatives, and non-profit organizations. He also founded Medical Cannabis Counsel in defense of patient rights and community healthcare and has conducted numerous "know-your-rights" trainings and medical marijuana compliance workshops throughout the United States.

Jason A. Marks, Jason Marks Law, LLC, is a former Commissioner of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, where he led the Commission through several major litigated rate cases. He is known for his advocacy for renewable energy.

Robert McVay, attorney, Canna Law Group, a practice of Harris Moure, focuses on helping clients in the Food and Alcohol industry plan, protect, and expand their businesses. He works with companies and entrepreneurs at every stage of development to assess their legal needs and to pursue their long-term goals.