NCBA’s legal educational program consists of high-quality legal education presented by expert attorneys at the top of their respective fields. Our program content is wide-ranging, relevant, and addresses everything from the foundation of the cannabis movement to the most topical issues affecting clients in all aspects of the cannabis industry. By providing information the cannabis bar needs to become fluent in the issues that affect industry clients, the National Cannabis Bar Association serves that the educational hub for cannabis attorneys across the United States and Worldwide.
The 2019 Webinar Series will cover a range of topics that support the practice of law for business attorneys serving the cannabis industry, and complement our in-person educational offerings. While our in-person events Webinars will generally take place in the fourth week of the month, unless otherwise noted.
CLE credit for attendance of the live webinars will be provided in California, Colorado, New York, and select other states based on attendee registration and NCBA policy. NCBA will offer support for attorneys seeking to obtain individual credit in additional states.
Annual members receive a 50% discount and sustaining and lifetime members receive free access to the 2018 webinar series.
Because of our busy conference schedule in June and July 2019, our next webinar presentation will take place in August, and will address a selection of recently decided federal cases.
To hold you over until then, here is our:
MJBiz Keynote Conversation: Unpacking Access to North American Capital Markets
Cannabis Capital markets are booming, but it's not always easy to make heads or tails of the situation on the ground. US companies can be listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange (CSX), and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ are welcoming Canadian plant-touching companies. But while state-legal US medical and adult-use markets are firing on all cylinders, US companies are left out in the cold when it comes to access to their own domestic capital markets.
But what does this means for you and your clients? As threshold issues, when should your client consider going public? What type of preparation does it take for a US company looking to go public on a Canadian exchange?
And on market-wide scale, does the lack of access to US capital markets hurt US liquidity in the Cannabis Markets? What opportunities are available in Canada that are not available in the US, who is missing out, and what will it take to fix the problem (Safe Banking Act, etc.)? And what steps can you take as a lawyer to ensure that you clients' have and continue to have access to the right capital in the right places as our US cannabis companies continue to grow?
David Feldman, Duane Morris
Sherri Altshuler, Aird & Berlis
Christopher Davis, Executive Director, INCBA
Federal Hemp Legalization: 2018 Federal Farm Bill and Agency Regulation of Hemp
Access On Demand Replay ($25)
(CLE credit is not available for replay)
This one hour webinar will provide key insight into the federal regulatory framework of this new era of hemp legalization. The program will feature a detailed look at the Hemp Farming Act provisions included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 providing for full federal hemp legalization by INCBA Board of Director Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. who guided the drafting of the legislation. We'll discuss the ongoing program implementation and regulation development by USDA and FDA. We'll further discuss recent federal litigation KaB, LLC v USPIS, MLB 18-39 (2018) and RNF, LLC v USPIS, MLB 18-113 (2018) establishing precedent for the shipment of hemp through the US Postal Service.
Courtney Moran the founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC and chief legislative strategist for Agricultural Hemp Solutions, LLC, is the leading expert on hemp law championing legal policy for sustainable Cannabis hemp agribusiness development. Courtney's article, Industrial Hemp: Canada Exports, United States Imports was published by the Fordham Environmental Law Review. She participated in the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in April 2016. In October 2016, Courtney testified before the Senado de la República in Mexico City, Mexico. She successfully lobbies for the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association passing legislation, HB 4060 (2016), SB 1015 (2017), and HB 4089 (2018), protecting Oregon hemp agricultural interests. She authored H 3559 (2017), establishing the South Carolina hemp program. Courtney provided foundational language for SB 119 (2017), establishing the Wisconsin hemp program. Courtney strategically guided drafting SB 6 (2018), establishing the Alaska hemp program. She also provided pivotal strategy in drafting Missouri hemp legislation HB 2034 (2018), establishing the Missouri hemp program. Courtney is co-petitioner of the Relegalizing Industrial Hemp Project, a formal administrative rulemaking petition to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency that will remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. She also worked closely with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in drafting the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667).
Cindy Sovine has over 20 years of government relations experience in working on local, state and federal issues. She is highly effective at helping clients achieve their goals and successfully navigate ever-changing legislative, regulatory and political environments. A Colorado native, Cindy grew up farming and ranching in Eastern Colorado. Cindy spent much of her career lobbying in health care and early childhood education until she began working in Cannabis policy in 2015 after her step-dad’s journey with lymphatic cancer and seeing firsthand how cannabis alleviated his suffering and provided a quality of life that traditional treatments could not provide. Cindy seeks to move the needle forward on Cannabis policy by opening a social use holistic wellness spa and member lounge that allows on sight consumption, THC and CBD massage and more.
Insolvency in Cannabis: Access to Bankruptcy Courts, How to Prepare Your Clients, and Alternatives to the Federal System
Access On Demand Replay ($25)
(CLE credit is not available for replay)
As more states adopt cannabis use programs, the number of individuals and businesses engaged in the cannabis industry, either as growers or sellers, or as ancillary service or goods providers, continues to expand. This webinar will address issues that arise when cannabis businesses or individuals deriving income from the cannabis industry seek relief provided by the federal bankruptcy laws.
Is bankruptcy an option for growers and sellers?
Is bankruptcy an option for ancillary businesses?
Does access to bankruptcy depend on the relief the debtor is seeking, i.e. reorganization of debt under chapter 11 or 13, versus a liquidation under chapter 7?
What alternative state court remedies are available?
What are the shortcomings of state court remedies in comparison to the relief available under the bankruptcy code?
Patricia Heer is a co-founder of the Cannabis Law Digest, which contains cannabis statutes and regulations, industry specific articles, agency guidelines, and state and federal cannabis court decisions digested by industry attorneys into easy to read summaries. Patricia has historically practiced in the area of commercial litigation and business reorganization. Prior to founding the Cannabis Law Digest, Patricia practiced law at Duane Morris in both litigation and transactional areas, which enables her to advise clients in the rapidly shifting cannabis industry.
Jason Rosell is a senior associate at Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP. His experience includes representing debtors and creditors in complex cross-border insolvency cases. He is a member of the boards of the Turnaround Management Association Northern California chapter and Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, MBA, and JD from Arizona State University.
The Future of Cannabis and International Law: The WHO Recommendations and the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs
The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is holding its annual session in March, and this year is gearing up to be a big year. Not only will the Commission review progress on the “drug-free world” goals of the last decade and come up with a new 10-year plan, it is also set to decide whether to adopt the recent recommendations of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence to reschedule cannabis.
What – if anything – does the rescheduling of cannabis mean for US law, and for the cannabis industry as a whole? Join a panel of international experts to learn the answers to these questions as well as to get up to date on developments in international drug laws.
Based in New York, Heather Haase has served as the International Drug Policy Consortium members’ link to UN Headquarters on drug policy issues since 2013, most notably during the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) and its aftermath. Her work includes interfacing with key missions and UN agencies on drug policy issues, following UN activities and processes around drugs, and disseminating information to IDPC membership, with the goal of maximizing the involvement of civil society in UN processes around drugs.
Private Cannabis Clubs, Social Use, and Cannabis Consumption Events
Join Rafael Mandelman, member of the City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Tick Segerblom, Clark County Commissioner (Las Vegas), former Nevada State Senator, and INCBA Director; and Omar Figueroa, INCBA Director, Chair of INCBA's Leading Issues Committee, and veteran lawyer from the Cannabis Industry as we discuss Private Cannabis Clubs, Social Use, and Cannabis Events. We will focus on some of the jurisdictions at the head of the pack, including San Francisco, greater Northern California, and Nevada, as they move forward with the new frontier of cannabis. Don't miss out on this overview of the current rules in the West governing social consumption forums, clubs, and events, and glean where the East could be headed based on jurisdictions further along in the regulatory process.
Please check back, future Webinars are scheduled on a rolling basis.
Archived Webinars will be posted in the near future!
Update on 2018 Farm Bill Implementation and Retail CBD Issues
Join INCBA for our May Webinar on 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 legacy and newly filed state-level industrial hemp plans and interstate commerce of industrial hemp material, we will then move on to a discussion of retail CBD issues. From the federal agencies, like the FDA and the USDA, to state level enforcement, take a look at how to navigate the minefield that is the retail CBD market.
Shawn Hauser, Vicente Sederberg
Lauren M. Andrews, President of AroMed Aromatherapy
Frank Robison, Robison Law Group LLC
Courtney Moran, Earth Law LLC