NCBA Presents

Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers

We are excited to present our cannabis industry continuing legal education program for a second year in a row in connection with the National Cannabis Industry Association's Annual Business Summit & Expo. The NCBA Presents: Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers program will be held on on June 12th from 9:30am-5:00pm in Oakland, California. 

6.25 hours of California MCLE including 1.25 ethics credits.

NCBA member price is $450 and non-member price is $650, includes lunch.

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Founding lifetime members please contact for more information about your registration details. 

CLE Topics and Schedule:

9:30 - 10:45 Environmental Law: state laws and regulatory compliance--how to advise your clients featuring Tom Hicks, Hanspeter Walter

Environmental law issues permeate the cannabis industry. From water law compliance for cultivators, to air quality issues for manufacturers, to state law warnings for everyone, the environmental regulatory landscape is inescapable. Attorneys practicing in the cannabis industry must give thought to the environmental law matters their clients may face. Attendees will leave this panel understanding how environmental laws and regulations affect their cannabis industry clients and how to navigate the legal issues.

10:45 - 12:00 Banking, Insurance, & Accounting: Legal Advances in Professional Services featuring Lara DeCaro, John Sullivan, Todd ArkleyPatrick McManamon

Securing traditional professional services for cannabis businesses remains challenging despite shifting social norms. Our experts will discuss the current options for banking, insurance, and accounting services, and offer insight into what to expect in these evolving fields. Attendees will walk away with actual tools they can use to help their clients navigate these particularly murky waters.

1:15 - 2:30 Structuring Your Cannabis Business for Long Term Growth featuring Amanda Conley, Kimberly Simms, Beau Epperly, and Robert McVay

This panel of experts will provide concrete and useful guidance on structuring your clients’ entities and assets in a manner that maximizes their ability to take investment, expand to other jurisdictions through licensing agreements, and eventually acquire or be acquired by another cannabis business. The panel will include experts in entity formation, tax law, mergers and acquisitions, SEC compliance, and intellectual property, all within the cannabis industry. We will address who counts as an “owner” for the purposes of Medical Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act licensing, which entity to use as an investment vehicle, how assets may be acquired, held, and transferred, tax implications of asset ownership and transfer, IP holding companies, and more.

2:30 - 3:45 Is CBD really legal? featuring Mitzi Vaughn, Shawn Hauser, Michael Chernis

Legal experts discuss the rapidly evolving legal landscape governing Cannibidiol (CBD) products, including relevant provisions of the Controlled Substances Act, Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the 2014 Federal Agriculture Act, as well as the DEA’s historical perspective and recent rule purportedly classifying all marijuana extracts including CBD as Schedule I controlled substances. The panel will address different legal arguments regarding the legality of CBD and the merits of each. Attendees will understand the federal legal authority governing CBD, the interplay of State laws, and potential changes in federal and state laws.

3:45-5:00 Professional Responsibility to the Cannabis Industry featuring Robert Raich, Erin Alexander, Bob Hoban, Mary Shapiro, Amy McDougal

Experienced attorneys discuss the complexities of adhering to rules of professional responsibility when serving clients in the cannabis industry. Like cannabis law generally, there is a state-basedpatchwork of diverse interpretations of whether and how attorneys may counsel clients in the cannabis industry. The panel will address a range of topics, including Model Rules 1.2(d) and 8.4(b) and how these rules may permit or prohibit counseling clients,  personally using cannabis, and getting involved in a cannabis business. Other topics to be discussed include potential conflicts among clients who want to collaborate, legal services agreements, and competence issues.  There will be an extensive Q & A period.