Webinar: Cannabis 101 – the Practitioner’s Introduction to Cannabis Law
February 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Special low price! 1 Hour MCLE
As nationwide legalization of cannabis draws near, new opportunities and risks present themselves to cannabis companies and the businesses interested in engaging with the industry. Understanding the legal nuances of recreational and medical cannabis at both the federal and state levels is critical to successfully navigate this growing industry. In this program we will discuss the current lay of the land regarding where it’s legal, where it’s not, and what that means to lawyers, cannabis clients, and non-cannabis businesses who may want to do business within the industry. We will also go over the big issues facing the cannabis industry and the type of work lawyers can do in the cannabis space. Finally, we will help you to learn the lingo so that you know what to say when interacting with people in the industry. If cannabis is legal where you practice, chances are your practice can serve the industry’s needs. This is a “must attend” program so you can “talk the talk” and “walk the walk” when it comes pitching prospective clients in or serving this industry.
Sarah Blitz is an associate in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Sarah is a co-founder and leader of Sheppard Mullin’s Cannabis Team, which has been recognized as a “Cannabis Practice Group of the Year” by Law360. Sarah has been individually recognized as a “Top Cannabis Attorney” in California by the Daily Journal and was named to the Global Top 200 Cannabis Attorneys list in 2022. Sarah’s cannabis practice spans the legal-cannabis industry value chain. She represents cannabis, hemp, and ancillary businesses in litigation and she also provides counsel on regulatory compliance, business strategy, and risk management. A commercial litigator by training, Sarah is valued by her clients for her strategic insights and ability to anticipate and account for issues before they arise.
Whitney Hodges is a partner in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s Real Estate, Land Use, and Environmental Law practice group. Her practice focuses on advising developers, investors, sellers, and public agencies in land use and environmental law. Whitney’s practice includes obtaining federal, state, and local agency approvals, defending litigation, and securing community and political support for complex development projects, including renewable energy facilities, urban infill, master planned communities, and other mixed-use, retail, industrial, and commercial projects. She is based out of the firm’s San Diego office.