My name is Jason Horst. I am a litigator, an insurance coverage attorney, and an advocate for operators in the cannabis industry. After more than a decade in BigLaw/large regional firms, I launched Horst Legal Counsel because I wanted to devote my practice to helping this important industry navigate its sudden leap into recreational legality and regulatory oversight in California. My background in negotiating customized insurance policies and my interest in the emerging cannabis industry led me to examine some of the policies being offered to operators, and I was aghast at what I saw. Vape companies with policies that do not cover any claims related to vaporizing equipment. Products liability policies with exclusions for any bodily injury resulting from the use of the covered products. Cannabis operators clearly needed specialized attorneys who understood certain business needs in a way that they did not, and that even the attorneys who have been brave enough to serve them for many years did not.
Then I attended the NCBA’s Cannabis Law Institute in Denver last year and realized that a group of visionary lawyers was already building the legal network that the cannabis industry needs. I came away awed by the passion, intellect, and aptitude of the attorneys serving this nascent industry, from the pioneers who have slowly chipped away at prohibition to other newcomers like myself, all attempting to make our own contributions. My wife said to me that weekend: “You haven’t sounded this excited about the law since law school." I have been an active member of the NCBA ever since, volunteering legal services following the California wildfires; contributing to the organization’s committees, blog, and webinar series; and assisting in planning for MCLE panels at upcoming conferences. I have likewise been a strong advocate for industry operators, shining a light on deceptive insurance practices, including causing at least one carrier to remove policy forms that rendered operators’ insurance illusory. I look forward to continuing this work and helping to shape and execute the NCBA’s broader vision by joining its Board of Directors.
Thank you for your consideration!