The Future of Cannabis Industry in the U.S. and Canada: Current and Emerging Regulatory Issues
The regulatory landscape for the cannabis industry continues to evolve as it reaches new heights both in the U.S. and Canada.
Although the current conflicts between state and federal laws in the U.S. pose significant challenges to stakeholders, recent laws - particularly the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 – are expected to drive robust cannabis reform. Meanwhile, cannabis players in Canada are preparing to expand in the edibles business as the country sets for the second wave of cannabis legalization which will include cannabis-infused products.
In this LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of recent legislative developments relevant to the U.S. and Canadian cannabis industries. Speakers will also offer the best compliance practices in light of the current and emerging regulatory issues.
Key topics include:
- Cannabis Industry in the U.S. and Canada: Comparative Analysis
- Legislative Developments
- Regulatory Issues
- Best Compliance Practices
- What Lies Ahead
John W. Fraser, Associate Attorney
Grewal Law PLLC
- Overview of Michigan Cannabis Business Regulation and Licensing
- Michigan Cannabis Business Licensing Update
- Interplays between Michigan’s Medical Marijuana and Adult-Use Business Licensing Systems
- Municipalities’ Roles in Michigan Cannabis Business Licensing
Jessica Smith West, Associate
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
- The Current state and impact of Cannabis Legalization on the USA at the federal level
- FDA and Cannabis Research Regulation
- Current Issues with Medical Marijuana in Florida
Amanda Branch, Associate
Bereskin & Parr LLP
- Overview of promotional activities under Cannabis Act
- Specific prohibited/permitted promotions
- Recent updates to the Cannabis Act
- Introduction of edibles
- Modifications to permitted promotions
John Fraser is an Associate Attorney at Grewal Law PLLC and leads the firm’s Cannabis Law division. His practice focuses on cannabis law, sexual abuse litigation, criminal defense, and appellate law. John serves as the Chair-Elect for the Marijuana Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and as an adjunct professor of law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he teaches Marijuana Law. John graduated from Michigan State University College of Law, summa cum laude, with a 4.0 GPA, ranked first in his class.
John’s practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs seeking to operate marijuana-related businesses. John is an experienced advocate for medical marijuana patients. His knowledge of Michigan’s marijuana laws and courtroom skills have allowed him to influence the interpretation of Michigan law and secure favorable results for his clients. John is regularly invited to present on marijuana law topics to attorneys and the community.
John Fraser is an Associate Attorney at Grewal Law PLLC and leads the firm’s Cannabis Law division. His practice focuses …
Jessica Smith West is an Associate in the Health Care group at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, cum laude, from the University of Florida in 2008 and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2012. Jessica focuses her practice on the representation of a variety of health care clients including physicians, group practices, hospitals, academic medical centers, health care clinics, and other health care providers regarding matters related licensure, certification, transactions, compliance with state and federal law referral laws and anti-kickback laws, the Stark Law, fraud and abuse, HIPAA and contractual arrangements. Jessica also advises clients on emerging areas of health law, including the evolving area of cannabis law, and assists clients with preparing and updating policies and procedures, licensure applications, contract negotiations and analyzing potential business and employment arrangements.
Jessica Smith West is an Associate in the Health Care group at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP. She received her …
Amanda Branch is an associate at Bereskin & Parr LLP and a member of the firm’s Cannabis practice group.
She is a frequent writer on privacy, regulatory, advertising and marketing law, and how it relates to the cannabis industry.
Amanda Branch is an associate at Bereskin & Parr LLP and a member of the firm’s Cannabis practice group. Amanda …
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About Grewal Law PLLC
Grewal Law PLLC is a Michigan-based law firm with a national footprint. Grewal Law is a general practice firm that fights for what’s right. Grewal Law is equipped to serve clients nationwide on a variety of matters, including matters that have garnered national media attention. Recently, the firm represented 111 of the survivors of sexual abuse by former Michigan State University and Olympic doctor Larry Nassar, securing an historic $500 Million settlement.
As a general practice firm, Grewal Law is equipped to handle any legal matter that a client may have. We have a team of attorneys with expertise in a wide variety of areas with 3 different office locations to serve our clients. Grewal Law attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective fields because of their expertise and results.
About Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full service business law firm with more than 265 attorneys and offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The firm is nationally recognized as an Am Law 200 Firm, and as a National Law Journal Top 500 Firm. In each of the markets it serves, Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services to its core constituency: individuals, small businesses, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 and international corporations. The firm’s mission is to work on its clients' timetable and budget, focus on results and keep clients ahead of the curve.
About Bereskin & Parr LLP
Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian full service intellectual property law firm serving clients across all industries around the world. Founded in 1965, the firm has grown to be one of the largest IP firms in Canada with offices located in major economic and technology centres. Bereskin & Parr is made up of more than 80 lawyers and patent and trademark agents, many of whom are recognized as leading practitioners in their specialized fields. Clients range from Canadian companies with Canadian and international IP portfolios to major multinational companies in a variety of industries, including cannabis, pharmaceuticals, computers, artificial intelligence, cosmetics, retailers, and many others. When Canada announced the proposed legalization of recreational cannabis the number of licensed producers grew exponentially and the market continued to rise at a significant pace. Despite the capitalization setbacks experienced last year, analysts predict that, following a period of consolidation, the market will stabilize. Regardless of the ups and downs in this dynamic and exciting market, Bereskin & Parr has the breadth of experience to help growers, retailers and marketers protect their intellectual property.