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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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RYAN R. AGNEW practice is dedicated to business entities working in both the adult-use and medical cannabis sectors; with an emphasis on regulatory compliance and corporate counsel. In an effort to best serve his clients, Mr. Agnew takes an interest in the varied land-use, tax, and policy approaches taken by state and local jurisdictions. In his spare time, you can find him volunteering with the National Cannabis Bar Association and The Washington State Cannabis Alliance. Mr. Agnew earned his B.A. degree from The Evergreen State College, followed by earning his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law.
J. DANIEL BARIAULT has more than thirty five years of experience in all aspects of corporate and business law, with particular emphasis in tax, securities, antitrust, and regulated industries. Mr. Bariault has worked with many high-tech startups in all aspects of business formation, corporate governance, and business strategy. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at three universities teaching graduate business courses in finance, business development, securities and portfolio analysis, valuation analysis, and international marketing and management. Mr. Bariault represents marijuana producers, processors, and retailers, investors, and service companies supporting the emerging marijuana industry in the state of Washington. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and numerous federal jurisdictions. He holds a Masters in business administration and a Masters in international management. He also earned a certificate in entrepreneurship from MIT. Mr. Bariault practiced law in both Taiwan and Puerto Rico. He has been a staunch supporter of marijuana legalization and his practice is limited almost exclusively to the cannabis industry.
ERIK HALVERSON is the managing attorney with Halverson Law Group, a business counsel firm for transaction and litigation matters. Mr. Halverson Law has a niche focus in the cannabis industry, representing many of the largest retail and producers in Washington state. He has been an active leader in groundbreaking cannabis related projects, speaking engagements, and industry shaping. Mr. Halverson has attorneys available to provide real time business counsel, including on site assistance and litigation support for client disputes. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Washington and his J.D. degree from Seattle University School of Law.
JAMES G. HUNT is an attorney with Harris Bricken. Mr. Hunt has more than 25 years of experience 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 recently served two terms as the chair of the State and Local Tax Committee of the Washington State Bar Association. Prior roles have included: managing federal and state audits and litigation as director of tax controversy for Washington Mutual/Chase; managing complex state tax audits for Amazon.com and GE Capital; and, holding leadership positions in Big 4 and mid-market accounting firms. Mr. Hunt holds a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa and a B.S. degree from Northern Illinois University. He holds a CPA certificate from the state of Illinois. Mr. Hunt is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Washington.
NEIL JUNEJA is the founder of Gleam Law, a cannabis-focused law firm with offices in Washington, Oregon, and California. The majority of his practice focuses on trademark protection of cannabis brands in state and federal law, as well as patent protection for cannabis inventions. In addition, Mr. Juneja has written numerous article on cannabis law and intellectual property and spoken at many events including in the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Seattle Hempfest; and numerous CLEs and industry events. Mr. Juneja has also appeared in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and on several documentaries for his work in the cannabis legal industry. He has been awarded numerous accolades including the 40 under 40 most influential people in the cannabis industry. Mr. Juneja earned his J.D. degree from Seattle University Law School.
LINDSEY J. WEIDENBACH is a principal with Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, P.S. She joined the firm in 2011 after completing her J.D. degree at Gonzaga University and receiving her Master of Laws in taxation at the University of Washington. Ms. Widenbach’s primary areas of practice are tax law and 1031 exchanges, business and corporate law, as well as working with agriculture, highly regulated industries, and estate planning. She is a frequent contributor to news, articles and blog posts on the firm's website.