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Cal NORML Legal Seminar
January 20, 2024
Oakland, CA (and online via Zoom)
5.5 MCLE Credits Pending
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Learn about new California laws affecting cannabis consumers and businesses from top attorneys in the field. California attorneys can earn MCLE credits for attending.
This event will be live onsite in Jack London Square, Oakland. Attendees can also participate via Zoom.
PRELIMINARY AGENDA (Subject to Change)
Doors open / sign in 9:30 AM
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM New California Cannabis Laws
Employment Rights (Quirk AB 2188 + Bradford SB 700 bills)
Pain Patients’ Rights (AB 1954)
Ryan’s Law / Stern Bill (SB 302)
11:00 – 11:30 Cannabis Consumption Lounges and Events
Legal and liability considerations for Businesses
11:30 – 12:15 Local Issues
LUNCH BREAK 12:15 – 1:15
Competency and Ethics Presentation
1:15 – 2:00 PM Cannabis Business Law
Packaging and Labeling (AB 1207, SB 508)
2:00 – 2:30 PM Hemp and Hemp-Derived Psychoactive Products
BREAK 2:30 – 2:45
2:45 – 3:45 New Cannabis Enforcement Laws: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3:45 – 4:15 Federal Law
4:30 – 5 PM Psychedelic Law
Hirsh Jain is the Founder of Ananda Strategy, a consultancy that serves many of California’s leading cannabis brands and retailers, helping guide their competitive licensing efforts, expansion strategy, regulatory compliance and M&A activity within California.
Hirsh began his cannabis journey he was 18 years old, working in UC Berkeley’s Public Defender’s Officer defending students that were accused of cannabis violations by the University. After graduating, Hirsh attended Harvard Law School, where his focus was the legal architecture and social impacts of The War on Drugs. He spent several years working in management consulting and the tech industry before joining the cannabis industry in 2018 as the West Coast Director of Government Affairs for MedMen, a Los-Angeles based cannabis retailer. He went on to work for Caliva, a San Jose-based cannabis brand, as its Director of Government Affairs. Hirsh serves on the Board of Los Angeles and California NORML and the Los Angeles Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, and is as a Workshop Instructor at Success Centers, a San Francisco-based cannabis equity and educational non-profit.
Lauren Mendelsohn is a cannabis attorney and activist. In college at the University of Maryland, Lauren was involved with NORML and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). When she moved to the West Coast for law school at the University of California, Irvine, she started a new chapter of Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy there, and became an active member of Orange County NORML.
She is now the Senior Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa in Sonoma County, one of the leading cannabis law firms in the California cannabis space. Lauren focuses on cannabis permitting and licensing, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, government affairs (including drafting local ordinances and citizen initiatives, lobbying decision-making bodies, and appearing for clients at administrative hearings), and post-conviction relief. She sits on the boards of the International Cannabis Bar Association and the Sonoma County Growers Alliance.
William Panzer is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and Golden Gate University School of Law. He has been practicing law in the Bay Area for thirty years, specializing in cannabis defense. Panzer is a co-author of California’s Proposition 215, the nation’s first law legalizing the use of cannabis by patients pursuant to a physician’s recommendation. In his practice he has represented patients, growers, and medical cannabis dispensaries throughout California in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate level.
Bill has lectured at numerous NORML legal seminars, conferences and other events on cannabis law and related issues. He is a former winner of the NORML “Al Horn Award” and a two-time winner of the Sonoma Alliance for Medical Marijuana’s “Compassion In Action” Award, as well as a High Times magazine “Freedom Fighter of the Month.”
More to be announced
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Sponsoring the sixth annual Cal NORML Legal Seminar on January 20, 2024 is a great way to raise visibility for your company among the top cannabis attorneys, businesspeople, and consumers in California.
Sponsorship will position and brand your business as one that is helping to move cannabis issues forward. We expect 50-100 attendees at the event.
• $5,000 Platinum
• $2,500 Gold
• $1000 Silver
• $500 Bronze
WHAT YOU GET
• One free ticket to the Seminar
• Banner ad on the Legal Seminar Website Page
• All of the above, plus:
• One Cal NORML eblast sponsorship
• All of the above, plus:
• One-year legal referral guide listing on CaNORML.org
• Two free tickets to the seminar
• All of the above, plus:
• Announcement of sponsorship on all our social media accounts
• One year listing and banner ad on CaNORML.org
If you have any questions or would like to become a sponsor, please email us.
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