Cannabis Regulation: Current Legal Issues You Should Know
The previous year has been a significant year for the cannabis industry as more states in the U.S. have legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational use. However, despite the growing number of states that have legalized cannabis, it is classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act and remains illegal under federal law. This unusual juxtaposition between federal and state law raises numerous complex legal issues for companies in, or supplying into, the cannabis industry.
In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders will help businesses involved in the cannabis industry understand the important aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of significant legal and regulatory issues surrounding legalized cannabis. Speakers will also provide the audience with practical strategies to minimize legal and regulatory risks related to the industry.
Key topics include:
- Legalizing cannabis – an overview of state laws and programs
- Federal cannabis enforcement policy – what’s changed?
- Federal regulatory jurisdiction issues, including EPA regulation of pesticides used on cannabis and potential FDA enforcement regarding medical claims, edibles, and packaging
- Other recent regulatory trends and developments impacting the cannabis industry
- The rise of civil litigation for cannabis businesses
- Practical tips to help minimize litigation and enforcement risks
Cynthia L. Taub, Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
- Beyond potential federal criminal liability, there are civil regulatory issues to consider for companies in, or supplying into, the cannabis industry. One such regulatory area that has seen some enforcement activity recently are pesticides and FDA-regulated products and claims.
- US EPA position re pesticides used on cannabis, including potential federal regulatory risks.
- Recent state actions re pesticides and cannabis, including approved pesticide lists, residue regulation, potential wildlife impacts, and enforcement.
- Broad overview of FDA regulation of cannabis related products and claims, including potential enforcement re medical claims.
Bradley B. Johnson, Partner
Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP
- General Topic: Compliance with land use and environmental regulations
- Understanding and complying with local land use regulations and interplay with state laws
- Environmental review of cannabis projects
- Compliance with state water, air, species and cultural resources rules
Katy M. Young, Partner
Ad Astra Law Group, LLP
- General Topic: Litigation Concerns for Cannabis Business Operators
- Partnership Disputes
- Landlord/Tenant Issues
- Securities and Investment Issues
- Environmental Litigation
- Employment Law Issues
Who Should Attend:
- Criminal Practitioners
- General Civil Litigators
- Business Lawyers
- General Counsel
- Chief Legal Officers
- In-house Lawyers
- Top Level Management
Cynthia leads Steptoe’s environmental permitting practice, and handles a wide range of environmental and chemical regulatory and litigation matters. In the area of chemical regulation, her practice includes compliance counseling, regulatory development and challenges, and enforcement. She counsels clients on a full range of chemical regulatory statutes, including the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). She also comments on regulatory decisions on behalf of clients and has successfully challenged numerous regulatory actions in federal court.
Cynthia leads Steptoe’s environmental permitting practice, and handles a wide range of environmental and chemical regulatory and litigation matters. In …
Brad Johnson is a founding partner of Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP, a boutique, Sacramento-based law firm specializing in natural resources and land use law. Brad has won approvals for complex land use entitlements across California, developed and successfully litigated CEQA strategies, and advised national and international-scale clients on air, water, and endangered species permits and compliance. Brad has helped his cannabis clients secure local entitlements and state licenses for more than a million square feet of cultivation, processing, and manufacturing space, and advises those clients on operational regulatory compliance. Brad’s cannabis clients have been featured in numerous media outlets, including CNBC’s The Profit.
Brad Johnson is a founding partner of Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP, a boutique, Sacramento-based law firm specializing in …
Ms. Young specializes in business and commercial litigation, including partnership disputes, breach of contract, civil litigation in the cannabis industry, computer fraud and abuse litigation, financial services litigation, real estate, construction defect, business torts, professional negligence, and general counsel work. She performs selected business transactions, including drafting and interpreting contracts, licensing agreements, leases, and trademarks.
Ms. Young graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2009 and is a member of the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, the Berkeley Rotary Club, ProVisors San Francisco IX, the USF Women Lawyers Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star every year since 2014 and is one of the three Founding Partners at Ad Astra Law Group, LLP in San Francisco.
Ms. Young specializes in business and commercial litigation, including partnership disputes, breach of contract, civil litigation in the cannabis industry, …
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Basic Knowledge on Medical Cannabis Laws
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About Steptoe & Johnson LLP
For more than seven decades, Steptoe has established a reputation for vigorous advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, successful representation of clients before governmental agencies, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions. The firm has more than 500 lawyers and other professionals in offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington. Steptoe has a long history of advising clients on regulatory compliance for pesticides, food contact substances, and packaging materials. Our integrated team of lawyers, scientists, and technical consultants is well-positioned to advise companies that supply products to the cannabis market, such as pesticides or food packaging materials. With a reputation for constructive engagement with regulators, we provide guidance on the regulatory implications of selling foods, food ingredients, and packaging materials for marijuana edibles, including labeling and advertising.
About Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP
Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford, and Johnson LLP is a boutique, Sacramento-based law firm specializing in natural resources and land use law. The firm has developed land use entitlement strategies and won approvals for projects throughout California, and represents clients in all aspects of land use project development and operation, including CEQA and NEPA review, development agreements, air, water, and endangered species permitting and compliance. Firm attorneys regularly litigate under the major state and federal land use and environmental statutes. The firm’s location in Sacramento facilitates a working relationship with state policymakers and administrative agencies, and the firm has counseled clients and policymakers on land use and environmental regulatory matters.
About Ad Astra Law Group, LLP
Ad Astra Law Group, LLP is a boutique law firm that represents clients throughout the Bay Area and Southern California in business, employment, and real estate disputes, computer fraud and abuse matters, as well as estate and probate matters. Ad Astra derives its name from the Latin phrase, “per aspera ad astra”, meaning “through hardships to the stars”, counseling clients through difficult situations to achieve great results.
Ad Astra strives to resolve its cases through settlement and mediation, but its courtroom-tested attorneys have the experience, knowledge and desire to try cases before any state or federal court in California