Expires Wednesday, July 8, 2019

Programming includes an average of 6 CLE hours per day, and the discoutned $999 price incldues all three days (just $333 per day!). In short, you are elieble for 18 hours of CLE credit, at a cost of about $55 per credit for unparalled educaitonal content in the cannabis industry. Can you really afford to miss this?

*Credit based off of submissions of applications in select jurisdictions

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October 3rd, 2019

This year's Cannabis Law Institute (CLI) will take place in Soho at the New York Law School, Manhattan, New York. 

We are excited to present our Third Annual CLI, the crown jewel of cannabis industry legal education events produced by the International Cannabis Bar Association. The event convenes the best minds and visionaries working in the legal cannabis industry for multi-day intensive education and a series of intimate networking events.

New this year, we will present a full pre-conference day (as a registration add-on), which covers international law and offers CLE Credit for international law issues. For details on the full three days of programming, scroll down.

This year, we will be addressing your clients' needs as a going - and growing - concern. Our core curricula follows our presentation in New Orleans at MJBizConNEXT in June, where we addressed your clients’ start-up challenges, and precedes our final in-person educational event of the year (at MJBizCon Vegas), where we will address your clients’ plans for an exit. For a taste of what you may have missed in New Orleans, take a look here:





CLI offers something new for practitioners, academics, and policy advocates alike, and courses range from introductory to advanced. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit is offered in select jurisdictions - knock out your professional requirements while creating connections and educating yourself on material that will open your horizons to new opportunities. 

This year’s CLI will feature many of the nation’s leading attorneys, academics, and politicians. In addition to our full-day pre-conference programming that addresses international law and the legal landscape beyond our domestic US borders, the core of CLI will focus on your client as a going - and growing - concern.

We will begin Friday with a half-day plenary session featuring many of the most important voices in legal practice that serve the cannabis industry, followed by a dual track structure that offers a choice for all of our attendees: either a policy-heavy view of the current and future landscape of the cannabis industry or a set of black letter courses that help you navigate the complex issues that your clients face on a daily basis.  

Of course, we have a full line-up of social events, networking opportunities, and more - you can’t afford to miss out on another wonderful INCBA Cannabis Law Institute! 

*******All Schedules and Topics Subject to Change*******

Thursday, October 3
(Pre-Conference Day)

On Thursday, October 3rd, INCBA will be launching our first-ever CLI pre-conference day track. As additional jurisdictions consider regulations for hemp, CBD, medical, and adult-use cannabis, this full-day program focuses on international law and issues facing the international legal community as additional jurisdictions consider regulations for hemp, CBD, medical and adult-use cannabis.

8:30 am - 9:00 am     

Registration and Check-In (Please arrive at New York Law School at 185 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013)

9:00 am - 9:15 am
Introductory Remarks

Christopher Davis, Executive Director, INCBA
Mary Shapiro, Co-Chair of INCBA International Committee and Board Member,
Shabnam Malek, Co-Chair of INCBA International Committee, Founding President and Board Member

9:20 am - 10:50 am
Overview of International Law and Norms
Join us for a presentation on the UN Single Convention on Narcotics and the law that flows therefrom. Address the UN Narcotics Control Board, annual quotas for import/export activity, the EU Novel Foods Directive, and other international laws that affect the cross-border movement of cannabis products, profits, and resources.

10:55 am - 12:10 pm    
Discussion of Medical Marijuana & Survey of Domestic Regulatory Regimes Outside of North America

From Germany to Uruguay and from Israel to Australia, cannabis regulatory regimes are being introduced across the globe. Take a look at the different medical markets that are coming online, how those markets interact with existing domestic and international law in the host country, and take a minute to compare and contrast the differing regimes across the world.

12:15 pm-1:15 pm LUNCH

1:20 pm - 2:35 pm
Panel Conversation: Cross Border Commerce: Moving Product
Building on the morning sessions, consider how cross-border commerce actually functions on a transactional basis. What countries are exporting, where can you import, and what differences exist in import/export regulation for psychoactive cannabis products versus industrial hemp? Do differing regulations between exporting and importing countries serve as a to bar commerce, how can we advise clients to navigate these issues, and how active does the attorney have to be when facing Customs and Border Protection in the United States?

2:40 pm - 3:55 pm
Panel Conversation: Cross Border Finance: Moving Money

Money is fungible and moves around the world with the click of a button. But Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) laws make the transactions that take place in the cannabis industry anything but straightforward. Learn how we move money from capital-rich jurisdictions with close controls on market growth to developing markets with immediate growth potential. And, if you think you can escape US AML and BSA concerns by sourcing money from outside of the US for investments abroad - take a look at the pervasive nature of the US banking system and how to navigate around and through entities that remain subject to US laws.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  
Panel Conversation: Cross Border Growth: Moving IP
Recognizing the limitations on export and import of cannabis and cannabis products, intellectual property licensing presents an opportunity to expand outside of a local jurisdiction. While growing a business in any industry is difficult, with the emerging availability of international protections for cannabis-related patents and trademarks combined with the advertising and IP Licensing laws in certain jurisdictions (see, e.g., Canada and California), navigating the landscape in our industry is harder than ever. Let us help you decipher the morass of regulation in order to protect your client’s IP and help position your client for growth beyond domestic borders.

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Speaker and VIP Reception
Location TBD

Friday, October 4

8:20 am - 8:30 am
Introductory Remarks

Christopher Davis, Executive Director, INCBA
Shay Gilmore, Chair of CLE Committee and Board Member, INCBA
Mary Shapiro, Co-Chair of International Committee and Founding Board Member, INCBA

8:30 am - 9:30 am
Ethics is rarely cited as one of the most interesting topics in any industry-specific legal practice. But ethics in cannabis is a different beast: from investing in clients to navigating the interaction of local, state, and federal laws without stepping on the wrong side of the ethical line, our ethics sessions are always among our most well-attended and engaging sessions. Join the chair of the INCBA Ethics Committee and current INCBA Board Member, Amy McDougal, for a sampling of the hottest ethics issues that are facing your practice today.

9:30 am - noon

Plenary Speakers and Sessions

Stay tuned for an all-star lineup of activists, politicians, practitioners, and market participants - details TBD

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm LUNCH

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
New York Law School, 185 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Track 2: Down In the Weeds (Growth, Drafting, and Addressing Disputes)

Unit A: Strategies for Growth

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Early Stage Finance and Growth
Take a look at fund formation, investment, and pooled private capital as a means to facilitate growth in early-stage companies. What protections should investors be seeking, how should operators seek to structure early-stage capital inflows, and how can each party preserve their rights to future equity, avoid dilution, and prepare for unforeseen obstacles coming down the road.

2:35 pm - 3:35 pm: Capital Markets and Public Offerings
For certain companies, the correct path forward includes going public. Learn when it’s appropriate to access capital markets over private financing, what triggers the impulse to go public, and how to prepare your client for the decisions they face, including which exchange to access, whether to wait, and how to prepare the documents necessary to engage in the transaction.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm: The M&A Primer
M&A activity in the cannabis industry is booming. Every day, we are inundated by news of a new M&A transaction that has just closed. What is so attractive about cannabis M&A right now, is an acquisition the most effective way for your client to grow, and what should the acquirer and the target be taking into account to ensure they realize the desired outcome?

Track 1: High in the Sky (Policy, Federal Agency Overview, and Hemp)

Unit A: Policy and Politics

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Real Policy Talk with the Advocates
From broad policy debates to concrete policies that we can implement, this panel will take a look at what the advocacy organizations are working toward and how we can help support those activism goals. Join a candid conversation with the Executive Directors of, and legal counsel for, some of the most influential advocacy organizations in the country.

2:35 pm - 3:35 pm: Getting Engaged: Influencing the Legislative and Regulatory Process
Want to affect the political process but don’t know where to start? Both an art and science, wording legislation properly and influencing regulations as they are promulgated is an integral part of the zealous advocate’s job. Take a look at how to influence rule-makers through the process by engaging in a mock comment period session with the INCBA team.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm: Bottom Up or Top Down Advocacy
Is the more effective form of advocacy one that flows from the federal government down to the states and their localities, or one that flows up from grassroots movements? Can we create sweeping policy changes by targeting the constituencies of federal representatives on a local level or by targeting parallel interests at the federal level first? Is it different in different states?

5 pm - 6 pm
Evening Keynote

6pm-8pm Evening Networking Event
New York Law School Campus
Join fellow attendees and members of INCBA for an evening networking event with drinks, catered food, and wonderful company!

Saturday, October 5

9:00 am - 12:40 pm Morning Sessions (Units
New York Law School, 185 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Track 1, Unit B: Federal Agencies A-Z

9:00 am - 10:00 am: The Heavy-Hitting Federal Agencies
Examine the federal agencies that impact your clients and your daily practice of law. Historically, the industry’s biggest concern has always been the DOJ and the DEA, but as enforcement shifts from criminal to civil, take a look at the DOJ’s importance in light of the increasing power of the other major federal agencies, including the FDA, USDA, Treasury, and the USPTO.

10:05 am - 11:05 am: Ancillary Agencies
Larger federal agencies are far from the only agencies with their hand on the pulse of the cannabis industry. Take a look at the rest of the agencies that play a role in the regulation of the cannabis market, from the EPA to the EEOC, and from the SEC to the FTC.

11:10 am - 12:10 pm: Pie-in-the-Sky: The Single Federal Agency Model
Hear from Steph Sherer, President of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and founder of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI), and a team of experts for a discussion on the efficiency, transparency, and benefits that could result from consolidating federal regulation of the cannabis markets in a single agency.

Track 2, Unit B: Drafting

9:00 am - 10:00 am: Commercial Contracts: Taking a Closer Look at an M&A Transaction
While the cannabis industry is constantly expanding through the emergence of new companies, the rate of consolidations through M&A transactions is keeping pace in lock-step. Take a closer look at what are becoming common transactions in the cannabis industry, and how you can help your clients prepare for, engage in, and benefit from an M&A transaction from the drafting perspective.

10:05 am - 11:05 am: Sample Provisions: Warranties, Indemnification, Limitation of Liability, and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Drafting provisions related to warranties, indemnification, limitations of liability and ADR can feel like groundhog day, but it doesn’t have to be an exercise in repetition. Learn how to draft these omnipresent clauses once, and how to modify them for your other contract needs going forward.

11:10 am - 12:10 pm: Drafting Internal Documents: Everything your Client Needs to Get Off the Ground.
SOPs, policies on trade secrets, employee handbooks - take a look at internal drafting issues, red flags (and herrings) to keep track of, and other issues related to the documents that your clients ask you to draft for their own internal business needs.

12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch Break

Track 1, Unit C: Industrial Hemp & The 2018 Federal Farm Bill

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: 2018 Farm Bill Update and Overview
Join us for an update on the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, interstate shipments of raw material, and information on retail CBD. Starting with an update on where we are around the country with newly filed state-level industrial hemp plans and the current status of interstate commerce with regard to industrial hemp material, we will then move onto other basic provisions of the hemp bill and the hemp markets, such as insurance, transport, and financing.

2:05 pm - 3:05 pm: CBD and Industrial Hemp
CBD remains a controversial substance: The Food Drug and Cosmetics Act bars its use as a food additive, but FDA enforcement has been limited. Where are we now with federal law as it relates to CBD, is CBD derived from industrial hemp treated differently from isolate derived from psychoactive cannabis, and what is the best way to position your client for success? With the rise of the new hemp economy, the competitive landscape continues to tighten, and, now more than ever, our clients need guidance on how the market will develop and where resources should be allocated.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: State Level Regulation and Issues related to Industrial Hemp
What should a state-level hemp plan include? What are the competitive advantages and disadvantages of certain state-level programs over others? Are state-level markets worth harmonizing, and will we see a convergence of regulatory programs governing hemp growth, sale and distribution? And how can states deal with the residual THC that is a byproduct of producing CBD isolate from industrial hemp crops?

Track 2 Unit C: Disputes, Litigation, and ADR in the Cannabis Industry

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Taking it to the Man - Complaints Filed Against State and Local Governments and Regulators
Are you applying for licenses in a competitive licensing jurisdiction and think your client has been unfairly overlooked? Is there a constitutional issue with the licensing process? Has your local jurisdiction prohibited some commercial activity in violation of constitutional law? Look at the causes of action that practitioners have brought against their state and local governments, and the lessons you can bring to your own causes of action.

2:05 pm - 3:05 pm: Regulatory Proceedings and Enforcement Actions
What is the frequency with which companies are being subjected to enforcement from their state and local regulators? Are these enforcement actions corporate death sentences, or simply speed bumps? Take a look at how regulators are addressing those that are stepping outside of the regulatory lines, how you can keep your client off the regulators’ radars, and how to prepare your client for the unfortunate reality of enforcement in the cannabis space.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: Alternative Dispute Resolution
ADR remains one of the most important instruments in the attorney’s doctrinal toolbox as we navigate a legal environment where the basic enforceability of contracts may be uncertain, the choice of venue and law can change the substantive outcome of disputes, and where our clients are financially squeezed at every turn. Take a look at how ADR can serve you, how to navigate the process, and how to convey the benefits of ADR to your clients.

Closing Remarks and Celebratory Drinks

4th Floor Wrap-Around Balcony at New York Law School