Law Seminars International Presents:

A Timely Seminar on Major New Developments for

Cannabis as a Business in California

Important updates on new legislation: Proposition 64 and MCRSA; legal issues and strategies for setting up shop

February 3, 2017

Sacramento, CA

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Sacramento - CA


Who Should Order

Attorneys, government officials, landowners, farmers, ancillary businesses, business professionals, financiers, and existing and hopeful cannabis operators anticipating the regulation, research and development of the commercial cannabis industry in California.

Why You Should Order

On November 8, 2016, California voted to legalize the use of recreational marijuana for adults, age twenty one and up, through the passage of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) - Proposition 64 ("Prop. 64"). The state already passed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) in 2015 and now, as in the Washington and Colorado models, the key to the success of state legal cannabis programs is robust regulation.

This seminar will examine the challenging business and regulatory issues arising from the creation of the newly regulated commercial cannabis industry in California. Experts will discuss the wide range of issues regarding current and changing recreational and medical cannabis regulations and laws; current state and federal law conflicts over cannabis; cannabis business corporate structures; landlord/tenant law, commercial leases and real property issues; analysis of the MCRSA and Prop. 64; investment, fundraising, and securities issues; trademark, branding, licensing, and limitations on advertising; and the ethical considerations for attorneys serving cannabis business clients.

We hope you will join us.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Hilary Bricken*, Esq. of Harris Bricken LLP, and Nicole Howell Neubert, Esq. of Clark Neubert LLP

*Licensed as Hilary Keeling in CA & FL

What You Will Learn

  • New California Legislation
  • The conflict between Federal and State regulatory policy
  • Establishing a corporate structure and contracting with business partners
  • Recent developments for raising capital and finding banking solutions
  • Botanical characterization and breeding of cannabis
  • Building your brand in the face of the federal patent and trademark office
  • Real estate development, lease agreements and acquisition
  • Ethical issues for attorneys in the industry

What Attendees Said

  • "Impressive group & substance, thank you!"
  • "This is the most valuable CLE I've attended since law school."
  • "All of the speakers were very good, both in terms of the quality of the information they offered and their comfort and dynamism. "
  • "All speakers knowledgeable & effective."
  • "Superb & intelligent speakers, experts in their field(s)."


Friday, February 03, 2017

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Hilary Bricken, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Harris Bricken LLP / Seattle, WA

Nicole Howell Neubert, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Clark Neubert LLP / San Francisco, CA

8:45 am

Update on New California Legislation

Medical framework: The Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA)

Nicole Howell Neubert, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Clark Neubert LLP / San Francisco, CA

Adult use framework: Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)

Juliana Birkhoff, Ph.D , Senior Mediator/Facilitator
Center for Collaborative Poilicy / Sacramento, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Recent Developments in the Conflict between Federal and State Regulatory Policy

Department of Justice administrative actions; murmurings in the Congress; likely new Administrative Policy changes

Alex Kreit, Esq.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law / San Diego, CA

11:00 am

Setting Up for Doing Business: Establishing a Corporate Structure and Contracting with Business Partners

Lara L. DeCaro, Esq.
Leland Parachini Steinberg Matzger & Melnick LLP / San Francisco, CA

E.D. Lerman, Esq.
Law Office of E D Lerman / Ukiah, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Money Issues: Update on Recent Developments for Raising Capital and Finding Banking Solutions

Entity and investment structuring, equity alternatives and banking solutions under new regulations

Tiffany Wu, Esq.
Harris Bricken LLP / San Francisco, CA

1:45 pm

Intellectual Property Issues: The Challenge for Marijuana Businesses in Dealing with the US Patent and Trademark Office

Patenting Plants:The botanical characterization and breeding of cannabis species

Todd Dalotto , President
CAN! Research LLC / Corvallis, OR

Building your brand: Trademarks and associated trade dress issues

Mary L. Shapiro, Esq.
Evoke Law / San Francisco, CA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Opening Shop: Real Estate Development, Lease Agreements and Acquisition

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

Melissa N. Sanchez, Esq.
Harvest Law Group / Sacramento, CA

Real estate transactions: Real property purchase & sale agreements; cannabis-intensive lease provisions; remedies for dealing with defaults

Hilary Bricken, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Harris Bricken LLP / Seattle, WA

4:00 pm

Ethical Issues for Attorneys Representing Clients in the Marijuana Industry

Omar C. Figueroa, Esq.
Law Offices of Omar Figueroa / Sebastopol, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations & Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Hilary Bricken, Hilary Bricken, Program Co-Chair, is chair of the Canna Law Group at Harris Bricken LLP. Her practice consists of representing marijuana businesses of all sizes in multiple states on matters relating to licensing, corporate formation and contracts, commercial litigation, and intellectual property. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the cannabis industry in 2014, she is also lead editor of the Canna Law Blog. Note: licensed as Hilary Keeling in CA & FL
Full bio and contact info for Hilary Bricken at Harris Bricken LLP

Nicole Howell Neubert, Nicole Howell Neubert, Program Co-Chair, is a founding partner of Clark Neubert LLP. She serves as outside general counsel to the cannabis field, providing advice on matters of corporate and business counseling, entity formation and operation, business litigation, and regulatory permitting and compliance.She is on the Board of California NORML and the policy committee for California Growers Association.
Full bio and contact info for Nicole Howell Neubert at Clark Neubert LLP

Todd Dalotto Todd Dalotto is President of CAN! Research LLC. He has a HBS in Horticultural Research, is a member and former Chair of Oregon's Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana (ACMM), Chairs the ACMM's Dispensary Program Committee, and authored The Hemp Cookbook: From Seed to Shining Seed. He has served on several Legislative and Rules Advisory Committees for the State of Oregon and played a substantial role in helping draft the regulations for Oregon's licensed dispensary program.

Lara L. DeCaro Lara L. DeCaro is a partner at Leland Parachini Steinberg Matzger & Melnick LLP. She concentrates on intellectual property, corporate governance and compliance, commercial transactions, real property, estate planning, and mediation. Most of her clients come from highly-regulated industries and she has translated that knowledge into a comprehensive medical cannabis practice.

Omar C. Figueroa, Omar C. Figueroa, Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, is a California cannabis counsel focusing on medical marijuana licenses and permits. He is a member of California NORML, Cannabis Action Network, Americans for Safe Access and a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee.

Alex Kreit Alex Kreit is a Professor of Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Univeristy of San Diego and serves as Director of the Center for Law & Social Justice and Co-Director of the Criminal Law Fellowship Program. He is author of the casebook Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation, and Policy, and co-author of the reference book Drug Abuse and the Law Sourcebook.

E.D. Lerman, E.D. Lerman, Law Office of E D Lerman, represents lawyers, doctors, patients, collectives, cooperatives, and brick & mortar dispensaries in both civil, criminal and administrative courts. She is admitted to practice law both federally and in California. In 2012 she was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of U.S. in Washington DC. Ms. Lerman has never lost a medical cannabis trial.

Melissa N. Sanchez Melissa N. Sanchez is the founder of Harvest Law Group. She focuses on marijuana laws and regulation and represents cultivators throughout California, helping them navigate the compliance and licensing process. She also advises the California Growers Association and is co-founder and Executive Director of Restore California, a charitable organization that raises funds from the cannabis industry to pay for the restoration and remediation of California's lands destroyed by illegal cannabis cultivation.

Mary L. Shapiro Mary L. Shapiro is the founder of Evoke Law, PC. She focuses on intellectual property, specializing in trademark, copyright, and internet law. A former client of intellectual property law services, her focus is on effectively enhancing and protecting the value of her client's intellectual property.

Tiffany Wu, Tiffany Wu, Harris Bricken LLP, focuses on domestic and international corporate and tax matters, helping clients navigate complex legal codes and comply with local, state and federal tax laws. She has worked with many companies in the startup phase to establish their businesses as well as companies looking to grow domestically and internationally. Previously, she was counsel for the Internal Revenue Service where she advised agents during tax audits and appeals and tried cases in Tax Court on behalf of the U.S. government.
Full bio and contact info for Tiffany Wu at Harris Bricken LLP


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 6.75 California MCLE credits & 6.5 AICP credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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