Know the Salient Points of Recent Marijuana Laws and Effectively Advise Your Clients
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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!
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GINA M. AUSTIN is the managing attorney with Austin Legal Group, where her practice areas include corporate and securities transactions as well as land use entitlements. Ms. Austin also represents medical cannabis collectives and cooperatives with regard to regulatory compliance and funding strategies. Her experience in land use entitlement provides a foundation for great success in obtaining permits from local municipalities. As a seasoned securities attorney, Ms. Austin also advises cannabis companies on funding strategies and the public markets. She is admitted to practice in California and Hawaii. Ms. Austin earned her B.A. degree from San Diego State University; her M.A. degree from San Diego State University; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. (Rancho Mirage and Oceanside locations)
OREN BITAN is an attorney at Buchalter APC. He has an extensive legal background that includes business, real estate, banking, receivership law, consumer product, and commercial litigation. Mr. Bitan is known for his ability to solve complex business disputes for his clients in a strong but practical manner. He is a trusted advisor who guides his clients through their day to day legal concerns, and has particular expertise in disputes involving real estate, banking and mortgage fraud, creditors’ rights, film finance, and intellectual property. Representative clients include banks and financial institutions, state and federal receivers, private investors and investment funds, private equity groups, real property developers, apparel manufacturers, breweries, consumer products companies, and corporate entities large and small. Mr. Bitan is also co-chair of Buchalter’s Cannabis Industry Group. In that capacity, Mr. Bitan advises cannabis related businesses on a wide variety of topics, including disputes regarding business licenses, receiverships over grow facilities and dispensaries, real property development, leasing, and financing for cannabis related businesses, and assembling teams of attorneys to provide general corporate, employment, and intellectual property advice to the industry. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, at Loyola Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a Sayre Macneil Scholar. He served as Articles Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society, and participated in the Law & Technology Moot Court (a joint program with Caltech). Mr. Bitan externed for The Honorable Harry Pregerson in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and The Honorable Nora M. Manella in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He received his B.S. degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern California. (Oceanside location)
AARON ELSTER is an attorney with Buchalter APC, where he represents developers, lenders, investors, landlords, and tenants on a variety of real estate transactions, including purchase & sale, mortgage financing, construction lending, leasing, and construction agreements. Mr. Elster also provides counsel on tax planning and controversy. His clients range from high net worth individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Elster’s clients also include those in the cannabis sector. He is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Mr. Elster is a member of the State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Los Angeles Jewish Bar Association (past treasurer). He earned B.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his J.D./M.B.A. degrees from Loyola Law School. (Rancho Mirage location)
PAMELA N. EPSTEIN is the managing partner and CEO of Green Wise Companies (Green Wise Legal, P.C. and Green Wise Consulting, LLC), California’s premiere full-service cannabis firm, providing a range of legal, consulting and application permitting services to every facet of the Cannabis industry. Ms. Epstein is known as a fearless advocate for local cannabis businesses across the supply chain. She has been a featured speaker at several cannabis conferences, providing energetic and compelling commentary on topics such as land use, zoning, regulatory compliance, and environmental issues. In addition to her role at Green Wise Companies, Ms. Epstein served as the special city attorney for the city of Hollister with regard to their medical cannabis ordinance and regulations and serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (“FOCUS”) and Annabis, a cannabis fashion company. She also serves on CCIA’s Legislative Committee. Ms. Epstein earned her B.A. degree from the University of Arizona, her J.D. degree from the University of LaVerne, and her LL.M. degree in international environmental law from Golden Gate University School of Law. She currently serves as an adjunct professor, most recently teaching the first cannabis law course at Arizona Summit Law School. (Rancho Mirage and Oceanside locations)
ARTHUR D. HODGE is a sole practitioner with more than 25 years of experience as a California attorney where he has handled legal matters in California related to cannabis since 2006, including trials, arbitrations, appeals, administrative proceedings, and general civil litigation. Mr. Hodge represents and advises businesses, collectives, cultivators, individual operators, brands, and property owners involved in the medicinal and adult-use cannabis industry. His practice includes civil litigation and trials, business law, and cannabis licensing and compliance. Mr. Hodge earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, Irvine, where he delivered the commencement address for the UC Irvine School of Social Studies at his own ceremony. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of San Diego-School of Law. (Oceanside location)
LANCE ROGERS is the principal with the Law Offices of Lance Rogers in San Diego, California. As a part of his regulatory compliance practice, he currently represents many of the leading cannabis companies in California, including retailers, manufacturers, and agriculture ventures. Mr. Rogers has litigated a wide array of matters related to cannabis, including criminal defense, regulatory violations, land use/zoning, complex business litigation and partnership, and dispute matters. He attained the first dispensary license in Southern California through the county of San Diego. Mr. Rogers has written extensively about the cannabis industry and is a frequent speaker at legal conferences across the United States. He served as general counsel for the California Cannabis Industry Association, a state industry group he helped to form. Mr. Rogers earned his J.D. degree from California Western School of Law and his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego. (Rancho Mirage and Oceanside locations)
CRAIG S. WASSERMAN is a partner with Pot Brothers at Law, Craig and Marc Wasserman, where he provides legal services to the medical and commercial marijuana industry, business and corporate law, intellectual property, real estate, and family law matters. Mr. Wasserman is admitted to practice in California. He is a member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Wasserman earned his B.S. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D. degree from Western State University College of Law. (Rancho Mirage location)
MARC D. WASSERMAN is a partner with Pot Brothers at Law, Craig and Marc Wasserman, where he provides legal services to the medical and commercial marijuana industry, criminal law, business and corporate law, intellectual property, real estate, and family law matters. Mr. Wasserman is admitted to practice in California. He is a member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Wasserman earned his B.S.L. degree from the University of California and his J.D. degree from Western State University College of Law. He is also a member of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). (Rancho Mirage location)
S. EDWARD WICKER is the founder of E. Wicker Law Office in San Diego. Mr. Wicker provides legal services to individuals and 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 provides 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. (Oceanside location)
RACHEL WRIGHT is a director at Abraham Finberg and Associates, Inc., where she specializes in business tax planning and return preparation for all entity types. Ms. Wright has worked as a controller in a variety of industries, including real-estate development, product manufacturing, and cannabis for a number of years. She has had her accounting practice since 2003. Ms. Wright earned her Master's degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. Abraham Finberg and Associates, Inc., specializes in the cannabis industry. (Rancho Mirage and Oceanside locations)