Cannabis Law Institute

Join your colleagues at the Cannabis Law Institute, the seminal two-day cannabis industry legal education event produced by the National Cannabis Bar Association in partnership with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on July 28-29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. This event will convene the best minds and visionaries working in the legal cannabis industry for two days of legal education and two intimate evening networking events. The conference will feature many of the nation’s leading attorneys, academics, and politicians. 

The conference offers multiple tracks for practitioners, academics, and policy advocates. Courses range from introductory to advanced.

Single-day passes begin at only $399! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Check our website regularly for updates on the schedule or contact us directly at for more information about this program. Register early for substantial savings. Admission includes lunch and reception on Friday, and breakfast and lunch plus a reception on Saturday.

CLE credits available in California, Colorado, and New York. Contact us for information on other jurisdictions.


Friday night opening keynote led by Tick Segerblom, Nevada state senator who played a crucial role in the state’s cannabis legalization initiatives. 

Senator Tick Segerblom is the author of Nevada's Medical Marijuana law, SB 374, which was adopted by the 2013 legislature.  He served as Co-Chair Nevada's recreational marijuana initiative - Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol - which passed in November, 2016, with 55% of the vote.  As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee he is pushing Nevada forward in all areas of cannabis legislation.

Segerblom, a fourth generation Nevada legislator, has served in the State Senate since 2012 and previously served in the State Assembly from 2006 to 2012.  He served in the White House under President Carter and was State Chair of the Nevada Democratic Party from 1990-94.

In his private practice Senator Segerblom represents employees and unions and has been recognized as one of Nevada's top employment lawyers since 1993.  He graduated from Pomona College in 1971 and received his law degree from the University of Denver in 1975.  He is a member of the Nevada, Colorado and California bars.


On the second day of the Institute, John Vardaman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Hypur, Inc., will discuss money laundering and banking issues in the cannabis industry. John was instrumental in devising federal policy for enforcing Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) laws while working at the Department of the Treasury and then at the Department of Justice. He also was involved in drafting the  DOJ guidance regarding financial crimes related to state legalization of marijuana, one of the few policies on the enforcement of federal law with respect to marijuana-related businesses. John was also instrumental in devising DOJ policy regarding the enforcement of laws governing the structuring of financial transactions.



Other presenters and session include:

Henry Wykowski, the lead attorney on the Harborside Health Center civil forfeiture case and one of the foremost business and tax attorneys in the country serving the cannabis industry, will be in conversation with Lara DeCaro discussing emerging issues in cannabis law. 

Two different sessions covering the West and the East: 

Attorneys from around the country will discuss the status cannabis laws, both adult use and medical, in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, California--the West. Mitzi Vaughn, Kimberly Simms, and Leland Berger will cover the West.

The East is represented by Jeffrey McCourt, Dina Rollman, and Jason Klein.  Attorneys should attend these sessions to get a robust overview of the status of the laws in each state and a comparative view of the states.


Can your clients sue and what will litigation look like? Katy Young of Ad Astra Law Group, LLP will lead a session on litigation in the cannabis industry. Ms. Young will address how litigating business disputes in the cannabis space differs from other industries, she will provide tips and tricks to maximize the possibility of success in litigation involving cannabis-based contracts, and she will discuss strategies to avoid the need to litigate at all. This will be a must-attend event for litigators and any who advises clients on matters that tend to lead to litigation.  

Ms. Young focusses her practice on business and commercial litigation, including partnership disputes, breach of contract, computer fraud and abuse litigation, financial services litigation, real estate, construction defect, business torts, professional negligence, and collections. Selected business transactions, including drafting and interpreting contracts, licensing agreements, leases, and trademarks.


Omar Figueroa, long time cannabis law attorney and activist, will be presenting on the ethics of practicing law in and for the cannabis industry. Attorneys in many states are still grappling with the ethical issues surrounding their law practice. Mr. Figueroa will present on the status of ethics rules in various states and provide answers to questions about the path to ethical representation of clients.

Mr. Figueroa has been a criminal defense lawyer since 1998, and has represented criminal defendants in Superior Courts all over the State of California. He has defended human beings in the following California counties: Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tuolumne, Ventura, and Yolo.

Mr. Figueroa has also represented defendants in several federal courts, including the Northern District of California (at the San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland federal courthouses), the Eastern District of California (Sacramento and Fresno federal courthouses), the Central District of California (Los Angeles), the Southern District of California (San Diego) and the District of Wyoming (Casper).