Cannabis Law Institute

October 3-5, 2019, New York Law School, Manhattan, NY



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 have introduced a full pre-conference day 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 in June, where we addressed your clients’ start-up concerns, and precedes our final in-person educational event of the year, 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:





Purchase the full three-day ticket here!
Non-Member Price: $599
Member Price: $449

October 3rd-5th, 2019

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! 

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. 

*******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. This full-day set of eduction will focus 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, Chair of CLE Committee and Board Member, INCBA
Shabnam Malek, Founding President and Board Member, INCBA

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 popping up across the globe. But given the Single Convention, adult-use regimes remain illegal, and implementation of an adult-use regime will place the host country in non-compliance with international laws and norms. 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
Cross Border Commerce: Moving Product
Building on the morning sessions, take a look at 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 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 patrol issues 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
Growing a business in any industry is difficult, but with the emerging availability of international protections for cannabis-related patents and trademarks combined with the advertising laws in jurisdictions like Canada and intellectual licensing restrictions like those imposed in California, navigating the intellectual property concerns associated with growth is harder than ever.

Learn the landscape of intellectual property protection from an international perspective, how to protect your assets adequately, and the hurdles that you have to overcome to successfully grow your client’s business beyond your domestic borders.

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