NCBA’s 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. We provide information the cannabis bar must be fluent in about the critical issues that affect industry clients.
The National Cannabis Bar Association serves as the educational hub for cannabis attorneys across the United States and worldwide.
In 2019, NCBA has organized our in-person educational events into a cohesive set of courses that will allow you to address every aspect of practice as it relates to your clients. We will present a lineup of topics and speakers that will serve every geographical need, and address the requisite substantive issues for effectively tackling the issues you face in your daily practice.
2019 Educational Arc
Coordinating our educational content throughout the year and working closely with MJBiz, we are organizing three of our conferences into one cohesive arc, allowing us to address topics that mirror the growth of a typical cannabis business client.
Starting with the MJBizConNEXT conference in New Orleans (June 11), NCBA will focus on the startup issues that face our clients. Clients initially approach their counsel to form their business, appropriately structure their enterprise, identify and procure rights to real estate, tackle state licensing and regulatory issues, obtaining insurance, protecting their intellectual property, and for help in virtually every aspect of initiating a cannabis business. With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, we will also do a deep dive into hemp issues.
Next, at our third annual Cannabis Law Institute in New York City (dates to be announced), our program will focus on the issues that face your clients as going concerns, guiding you how to advise clients that will continue to encounter a host of issues that relate to the operation of a business, including raising money through growth stages, entering into commercial contracts, addressing labor & employment issues, proper corporate governance, growing without running afoul of federal law and regulatory agencies, as well as countless other issues. At this CLI, we will also explore international opportunities and the challenges associated with global expansion.
Ultimately, at MJBiz in Las Vegas (date to be announced), we will focus on advanced issues and strategies to support your client’s options are for an eventual exit or further expansion, considering mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions versus an IPO, presenting a company that is attractive to investors, valuation of companies, and more.
Recognizing that your client’s businesses face complex regulatory compliance issues that require jurisdictional specific analysis and solutions, please also join us at NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in San Jose, CA (July 22), to examine emerging regulatory issues as they arise across the country. Using California’s new regulations as a template, we will robustly examine the issues that are most troublesome to your clients and their business. Expert practitioners from across the country will guide you through the solutions to support achieving success in the cannabis industry.
July 22, 2019, San Jose, CA
Key Curriculum: Regulatory Focus
NCBA is thrilled to present Continuing Legal Education for the 4th year in a row at our longest-running in-person educational conference. With a new set of California regulations, San Jose is the perfect setting to explore the implementation of state regulations, using pain points of California’s own regulations to compare and contrast with other state’s regulatory regimes. Outside of our Cannabis as a Business educational arc, the focus on regulatory issues at our San Jose event will be critical for attorneys representing clients at any and every stage of their cannabis business.
This year, we have an incredible lineup of speakers, with at least one regulator joining us for each panel. For more information on the panels, click through here, but for a quick look at the topics we are covering, take a look:
Emerging Cultivation and Environmental Compliance Issues
Multi-State Manufacturing and Distribution Challenges Post Farm Bill
The Evolving E-Cannabis Marketplace
Testing Laboratories: Perspectives from the Marketplace
What We Have in Common - Workforce Considerations for License Holders
Ethics in the Practice of Cannabis Law
October 3rd-5th, 2019 - Manhattan (New York Law School), NY
Key Curriculum: All Things CannaBusiness
This year, NCBA will bring our third annual Cannabis Law Institute to New York. As the east coast enters and expands the market, NCBA will be there to help lawyers learn every aspect of cannabis legal representation. NCBA’s continued focus will be on helping our members support their clients through every phase of starting and operating a cannabusiness, Additionally, NCBA will be expanding our international offerings to include surveys of many of the most active jurisdictions across the world.
NCBA At MJBizCon
Cannabis Law Sessions
Making An Exit
December, Las Vegas, NV (Tentative)
Key Curriculum: Making an Exit
As the 2019 educational year comes to an end, NCBA will present a special set of sessions for the first time concurrent with MJBizCon in Las Vegas. We will focus on how you can facilitate your clients making an exit, preparing your clients to be attractive to investors, from the perspective of an IPO or private equity offering, and what you need to know to advise your clients on considerations for timing, strategy, execution, and continuing obligations.
Additional archived videos of select past events will be posted in the near future. Please excuse us while the site is under maintenance.
Past Event Pages:
2018 Cannabis Law Institute
Videos for Purchase Coming Soon
Legal Education at NCIA (2018) (Course Materials)
2017 Cannabis Law Institute