WSBA Webinar: Counseling Your First Cannabis Client

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Hosted by the Washington State Bar Association, this presentation will provide attorneys with an overview of some key, current topics related to cannabis law. The presentation is designed to help lawyers identify issues during the course of representing clients in the cannabis industry.

The first session will offer an introduction to the legal framework of cannabis regulation, with particular emphasis on federal-state tension, and will delve into the intellectual property issues faced by cannabis companies.

In the second session, we will consider how cannabis considerations impact corporate transactional work, including M&A, traditional lending, and venture capital.

The final session will cover the international dimensions of cannabis law, including import and immigration restrictions. Please find the schedule below:


8:10 a.m. Webcast Lobby Opens
8:25 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:30 a.m. Introduction to Key Cannabis Legal Issues

What is the substance of the significant tension among
state and federal laws surrounding marijuana as a controlled
substance? How has hemp changed the cannabis business
landscape? What is the legal status of cannabinoids like THC,
CBD, and other emerging variants? What is the current state of
Washington’s marijuana and hemp industries?

9:30 a.m. Financing, Transaction Structures, and Intellectual Property

What are the challenges inherent in cannabis companies
seeking outside funding from banking institutions and
private parties? How are non-licensed companies involved
in the cannabis trade? What are the challenges to industry
consolidation within Washington and across state borders? How can cannabis companies protect and monetize their intellectual property at the state level and through the USPTO (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office)?

10:30 a.m. BREAK

10:45 a.m. Import/Export and Immigration Issues

How can a cannabis company get its raw materials and goods
across international borders? What should non-US citizens be
aware of before engaging in a cannabis business and traveling
to the U.S.? What are the roles of the U.S. CBP (Customs and
Border Protection) and other federal agencies and their recent
enforcement trends?

11:45 a.m. Live Q & A with Jonathan Bench – Harris Bricken, Seattle

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* NOTE: This is a moderated replay of “Counseling Your First Cannabis Client: Marijuana vs. Hemp, State vs. Feds, and Other Key Issues” which was originally broadcast on February 2, 2021. Per APR 11(c)(2) “a lawyer, LLLT, or LPO cannot receive credit more than once for an identical activity within the same reporting period.”


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