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The legalization of marijuana has created business opportunities, but it has also created many questions and uncertainties for professionals advising businesses due to the position of the federal government. What are possible federal responses to legalized cannabis? What types of businesses does the law allow, and how does a potential business owner obtain a permit? When are you potentially violating federal law by merely assisting a client? Learn the answers to these questions and more - order today!
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MICHELE E. BROOKE is the founding attorney of Brooke Law Group, in Pasadena, California. She has a wide range of legal experience in the commercial cannabis sector, including, but not limited to, litigation, real estate transactions, contract drafting, serving as corporate counsel, and assisting clients to obtain permits to conduct commercial cannabis businesses legally, under California law. Brooke Law Group is dedicated to serving California "cannabusiness" entrepreneurs. Ms. Brooke is a regular contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine and her blog contains many published articles, as well as helpful in-house content. She is a member of the Pasadena Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, NORML.org, the National Cannabis Industry Association, Americans for Safe Access, The Esquire Network, and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. She has taught cannabis business related continuing legal education programs for National Business Institute, The Seminar Group, Pincus, the San Fernando Bar Association, and Native Nation Events. Ms. Brooke also serves as a member of the advisory board for the Pasadena City College ABA certified Paralegal Program. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of La Verne after which she successfully completed the California State Bar Law Office Studies Program.
MICHAEL E. CINDRICH is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich APC. Prior to working in private practice, Mr.Cindrich was a prosecutor for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office where he was lead counsel on dozens of misdemeanor and felony cases. Mr. Cindrich is respected in the marijuana community for both his role as a trial attorney as well as his role as an advocate for medical marijuana patients. He regularly gives presentations concerning California’s marijuana laws and the impact that marijuana prohibition has on society. Mr. Cindrich also currently serves as the executive director of San Diego County NORML and is a lifetime member of the national NORML Legal Committee. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Diego.
ABRAHAM FINBERG, MBA, CPA, is a tax expert for small business owners and nonprofit organizations. He has successfully represented various clients in IRS and Board of Equalization (Sales Tax) audits. Mr. Finberg’s professional passions include solving thorny tax issues for new and emerging industries. He earned his degree from Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management.
S. EDWARD WICKER is the founder of E. Wicker Law Office, in San Diego. Mr. Wicker provides legal services to individuals, legal representation for persons accused of crimes (both misdemeanors and felonies), cannabis businesses, non-profit collectives and for profit LLCs and corporations. The network of attorneys and other professionals working with E. Wicker Law Office provide guidance through the complicated web of federal, state and local regulations affecting the legal marijuana industry. In addition to formation of new businesses, their network resources have expertise in acquiring local permits, building business plans, financial agreements, licensing and solving the many challenges of a rapidly expanding yet pioneering industry. Mr. Wicker is a member of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the NORML Legal Committee, San Diego NORML and other activist groups. He earned his B.A. degree from California State University - Los Angeles and his J.D. degree from Whittier Law School.