Cal NORML 2019 Legal Seminar Agenda

Cal NORML Legal Seminar 2019 - Agenda


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6.75 hours general MCLE credits are pending.

9 AM - 10 AM - Sign-in and Breakfast

Session 1: 10 AM - 11 AM - California’s Cannabis Regulations

This session with Khurshid Khoja and Tamar Todd will give an overview of all current California Cannabis Regulations, as recently approved by the Office of Administrative Law. Also covered will be the 2018 report from the Bureau of Cannabis Control Cannabis Advisory Committee.

Session 2: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Temporary Cannabis Events and Consumption Rooms

Omar Figueroa and Lauren Mendelsohn will present an overview of: the history of cannabis events; laws pertaining to temporary cannabis events including AB 2020; the final permanent regulations promulgated by the Bureau of Cannabis Control; duties & responsibilities of cannabis event organizers before, during, and after temporary cannabis events, and; tips, tactics, and strategies for successfully obtaining the requisite local approval for temporary cannabis events. This session will also cover the laws around consumption rooms in California.

Session 3: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Local Cannabis Regulations

Updates from Sonoma, Mendocino, and San Diego from Julie Mercer-Ingraham, Jessica McElfresh & Hannah Nelson, with lessons learned, tips for how to work with local jurisdictions, and where we go from here.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch Break (Box Lunch Included with Ticket)

Lunchtime Talk: "New Frontiers in Plant Legalization: Ayahuasca and Peyote" with Joseph Rhea (optional: no CLE credits).

Session 4: 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM - What's Still Illegal Under Legalization?

Jessica McElfresh will cover aspects of running a cannabis business that can run afoul of criminal law, and Bill Panzer will cover activities that remain criminal for individuals in California.

Session 5: 2:15 - 2:45 PM - Protecting the Right to Personal and Collective Cultivation under Prop. 64

Tamar Todd of the Drug Policy Alliance will provide attendees with an overview of recent litigation challenging a local ordinance adopted by the City of Fontana that sharply restricted personal cultivation allowed under Prop. 64. She will discuss the scope of the local ordinance, the legal arguments made against it, and the Court’s order striking down the vast majority of the permitting restrictions. Also covered by Hannah Nelson will be the new code section allowing for Cannabis Cooperative Associations (CCA's), which may distribute to their members.

Session 6: 2:45 - 3:30 PM - An Overview of Cannabis DUI issues
Nick Morrow Court Qualified DUI Expert, Retired Deputy Sheriff, and Former DRE will provide attendees with an overview of the various cannabis DUI approaches used by Law Enforcement. Driving behaviors, probable cause for stops, field sobriety testing, symptom review, and current defense strategies will be discussed. This presentation is useful for attorneys, advocates, and lawmakers in understanding the realities of a DUI investigation involving cannabis.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM - BREAK

Session 7: 3:45 PM - 4:35 PM - Marijuana and the Workplace

This session from employment attorneys Alan Crowley & Danielle Lucido will cover federal law on marijuana use​; laws impacting drug testing in the US​; an overview of California laws effecting employers and employees; state non-discrimination laws​; unemployment insurance;​ and union workplaces.

Session 8: 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM - CBD and Industrial Hemp—What is Legal? Cutting Through The Myths

Michael Chernis will examine the legality of Industrial Hemp and CBD under Federal law and California law, including recent statements by the California Department of Health concerning consumables containing CBD derived from Industrial Hemp, the Food and Drug Cosmetic Act and its treatment of CBD derived from Industrial Hemp, and the Farm Bill.

Session 9: 5:15 PM - 6 PM - Strategies for Protecting, Enforcing, and Licensing Cannabis-Related Intellectual Property

Amanda R. Conley of Brand & Branch LLP will provide attendees with an overview of the options currently available for protecting and enforcing cannabis-related intellectual property under state and federal law. She will also discuss options for leveraging intellectual property through license agreements that allow cannabis companies to expand their footprint and build national and even international brands.



7:30 PM - Afterparty