Audio CD + Course Book

Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Alaska

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • AK CLE - 6.00
From Event: Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Alaska, held December 2017.

Program Description

Recent legislation and initiatives are paving the way for many new business opportunities in the cannabis industry. It has also created many questions and uncertainties for professionals advising these new 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!

Course Content

  1. Federal Responses to Alaska Marijuana Law
  2. Banking and Financing for the Marijuana Industry
  3. Recreational Marijuana Businesses Law in Alaska
  4. Obtaining an Alaska Cannabis Business License
  5. Legal Best Practices for Marijuana Product Testing
  6. Legal Best Practices for Marijuana Product Packaging
  7. Alaska Marijuana Taxation: The Latest Rules
  8. Ethics

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 AK - Credit Approval Expiration 12/08/2019 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Federal Responses to Alaska Marijuana Law
    9:00 - 9:30, Jason Brandeis
    1. Preemption and the Controlled Substance Act
    2. Federal Memos and Contradictory Messages
    3. Current Federal Enforcement Priorities
    4. Possible Legal Consequences to Cannabis Consumers Under Federal Law
    5. State Agencies and Federal Funding
  2. Banking and Financing for the Marijuana Industry
    9:30 - 10:15, Adam Crabtree
    1. Federal Rules and Regulations Affecting Financing
      1. Controlled Substance Act
      2. Bank Secrecy Act
      3. 18 USC §1956
    2. Interpreting the Latest FinCEN and Justice Department Guidance
    3. Lender Due Diligence with Cannabis Businesses
    4. Bank Forensic Audits of Businesses: Determining the Source of Funds
    5. Getting the Loan: Providing Transparency to Lenders
  3. Recreational Marijuana Businesses Law in Alaska
    10:30 - 11:15, Jana Weltzin
    1. How the New Law and Medical Marijuana Laws Interact
    2. Powers of State Regulatory Agencies
    3. Business Types Allowed Under the New Law
    4. Marketing Restrictions
    5. Zoning Requirements
    6. Employment Rules and Restrictions for Cannabis Businesses
    7. Negotiating Third-Party Agreements with Cultivators, Managers etc.
    8. Premises Security Regulation Compliance
    9. Preparing for State Regulatory Agency Inspections
  4. Obtaining an Alaska Cannabis Business License
    11:15 - 12:00, Jana Weltzin
    1. Application Procedures: Avoiding Mistakes
    2. Grounds for License Refusal
    3. License Renewals
    4. License Transfers
    5. Appealing Application Denials
  5. Legal Best Practices for Marijuana Product Testing
    1:00 - 1:45, Brian Coyle
    1. Intro to Marijuana and Marijuana Products
    2. Alaska State Required Testing
    3. Test Methods
    4. Regulatory Ambiguities and Deficiencies
  6. Legal Best Practices for Marijuana Product Packaging
    1:45 - 2:30, Jim Dyer
    1. Alaska Regulations for Packaging & Labeling
    2. Relevant Federal Regulations
    3. Child Resistant Packaging
    4. Matching Packages to Products
    5. Packaging Methods and Tools
    6. Areas for Improvement
  7. Alaska Marijuana Taxation: The Latest Rules
    2:45 - 3:30, Karl A. Kaufman and Leslie R. Need
    1. State and Local Taxation Protocols for Recreational Marijuana Businesses
    2. Federal Tax Issues
      1. IRC §280E - Deduction of Business Expense
      2. Cash Payments
      3. Other Emerging Issues
    3. Business Strategies to Overcome Taxation Difficulties
    4. Current Tax Updates
  8. Ethics
    3:30 - 4:30, Jason Brandeis
    1. Marijuana and the Attorney Rules of Professional Conduct
    2. Attorney Use of Cannabis Products
    3. Attorney Advising of Cannabis Businesses
    4. Attorney Ownership of Cannabis Businesses

JASON BRANDEIS is an associate professor of justice and legal studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is of counsel at the law firm Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot where he advises businesses and government entities on marijuana regulation. He has litigated cases involving the legality of marijuana in Alaska and has written several articles on this topic. His marijuana law and policy research has been cited in national and local publications and presented at international academic conferences. Professor Brandeis has been recognized as a leading scholar on the subject of marijuana laws in Alaska by the Alaska Law Review. Prior to joining the UAA faculty, Professor Brandeis worked as the staff attorney for the ACLU of Alaska. There he represented clients in constitutional litigation at all levels of the state and federal court systems, including the U.S. Supreme Court, where he was co-counsel in Morse v. Frederick, a prominent student free speech case better known as the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus Case." He also worked as an associate attorney for the State of Alaska Public Offices Commission where he advised on campaign finance and disclosure matters. Professor Brandeis is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and serves on the bar's Law Related Education Committee. He is a graduate of Ohio University and Vermont Law School.

BRIAN COYLE is CEO of Steep Hill Alaska, one of only two licensed cannabis testing labs in Alaska. Mr. Coyle has over 30 years of experience in engineering consulting for the oil industry, mining industry, and environmental and radioactive waste disposal investigation. He moved to Alaska 10 years ago doing earthquake and volcano research projects for the National Science Foundation. Mr. Coyle earned his B.S. degree in geology and geophysics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology; a master's degree in geophysics from Stanford University; and a master's degree in engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

ADAM CRABTREE is the founder and CEO of Nationwide Compliance Specialists, Inc. (NCS), headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Crabtree began his career in banking, managing sales, operations, and compliance for a Tier 1 bank. It was here that he recognized the inherent flaws and systemic disconnect between banks, state government, and the cannabis industry. Using his background and acumen in banking, he developed the NCS Platform, a patent-pending predictive analytical algorithm-based system capable of aggregating and analyzing tens of millions of data points that are then transformed into clear, concise, detailed reports. This solution has given him the opportunity to work collaboratively with state officials, as well as financial institutions in Colorado and California. Mr. Crabtree has been a guest speaker or conducted trainings to the California Assembly, Alaska Bar Association, State Board of Equalization, Native Nation Conferences and numerous elected officials spanning from Hawaii to Massachusetts. He is a three-time graduate of the University of Colorado (BA, MBA, MS in Finance), and currently serves as a member of the Track and Trace Advisory Board for the State of Colorado.

JIM DYER is chief operating officer at JKD Brands, which specializes in containers, packaging, labeling and accessories for the cannabis industry. JKD Brands is also the exclusive distributor for Kush Bottles products in Alaska. Mr. Dyer has been involved in Alaska’s cannabis legalization process, attending and participating in many state and local governmental meetings over the past three plus years. He has lived and worked in various U.S., Asia/Pacific, and Caribbean locations including Dallas, Texas; Anchorage, Alaska; Taipei, Taiwan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Kingston, Jamaica. Mr. Dyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Southern Methodist University, and is an active member of the Anchorage Cannabis Business Association (ACBA), as well as the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association (AMIA).

KARL A. KAUFMAN is an attorney in the Anchorage office of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP. Mr. Kaufman is admitted to practice law in Alaska and Oregon, and his practice focuses on federal taxation, state and local taxation, tax-exempt organizations, business tax planning, and Alaska native law. Raised in Alaska, he left the state to attend college and law school. Mr. Kaufman received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Oregon (Order of the Coif), where he was an editor on the Oregon Law Review. After law school, Mr. Kaufman clerked for Judge Walter Edmonds on the Oregon Court of Appeals. He then obtained his LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University. At NYU, Mr. Kaufman was a graduate editor of the Tax Law Review and awarded the Wilf Tax Scholarship.

LESLIE R. NEED is an attorney in the Anchorage office of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP. Ms. Need advises a variety of clients on marijuana issues that include compliance with state law and regulations, local regulations, zoning, licensing, and real estate. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, municipal law, corporate law, and Alaska native law. Ms. Need received her B.S. degree from Kansas State University and her J.D. degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

JANA WELTZIN is an attorney with JDW, LLC, which serves as counsel toHoban & Feola, a Colorado cannabis business law firm. Ms. Weltzin focuses her legal practice on land use and zoning law, medical marijuana law in Arizona, and recreational marijuana business law and regulation compliance in Alaska. Ms. Weltzin provides representation for her cannabis clientele relating to business structure, permitting/licensing, land use applications and hearings, conditional use permits, investment connections and presentation, regulation compliance, real estate commercial leasing and purchases, operations, and general activism for the cannabis industry. Ms. Weltzin played an invaluable role during the 2015 legislative session through her work with the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation, initiative sponsors, and future Alaskan cannabis businesses advocating for and analyzing proposed cannabis related legislation to ensure sustainable success for the industry. Ms. Weltzin is a regular contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine’s legal section and other various publications. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Reno, Nevada and her J.D. degree from Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law, Arizona State University.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

AK CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program is approved by the Alaska Bar Association for a total of 6.0 hours of credit, which includes 5.0 hours of VCLE self-study credit under the voluntary CLE Rule of the Alaska Bar Association and 1.0 hours of MECLE ethics self-study credit under the mandatory ethics continuing legal education CLE Rule. The Alaska Bar Association grants reciprocity for self-study credits earned by Alaska attorneys from programs accredited by another MCLE jurisdiction.

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