Cannabis is going mainstream and that means cannabis lawyers are going mainstream as well. And in the legal world, there are few things more mainstream than the American Bar Association. To crib from Wikipedia a bit, the ABA was founded in 1878, and, among other things, it sets the academic standards for law schools and formulates the model ethical codes for lawyers. It has 410,000 members with headquarters in Chicago and a large branch in Washington D.C. Its membership is made up mostly of lawyers with national practices. You cannot get more mainstream than the ABA if you’re an attorney.
Hilary Bricken is a partner at Harris Bricken in its Los Angeles office. Licensed to practice law in Washington, California, and Florida, she is one of the premier cannabis business and regulatory attorneys in the U.S. As chair of Harris Bricken’s Regulated Substances practice group, she helps cannabis companies with their related legal issues.
In 2013, based on her work in the cannabis industry, the Puget Sound Business Journal named Ms. Bricken one of seven Deal Makers of the Year. From 2014-2017, she was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2015, the Puget Sound Business Journal named Hilary to its Top 40 Under 40 list. Hilary frequently testifies before state and federal government bodies regarding cannabis regulations. She also authors a weekly column for Above the Law on marijuana policy and regulation, and Hilary is a contributor to and editor of her firm’s Canna Law Blog.
Hilary heads up our California cannabis practice in Los Angeles (we also have a San Francisco office), where she has been busy of late working through the twists and turns of California’s recent cannabis regulatory efforts.
Speaking of which, to help you better understand those twists and turns, with a focus on what MAUCRSA means for your cannabis business, three of our California attorneys will be hosting a free webinar on August 8, 2017 from 12 pm to 1 pm PT. Hilary will moderate two of our San Francisco-based attorneys (Alison Malsbury and Habib Bentelab) in a discussion on the major changes between the MCRSA and MAUCRSA, including on vertical integration and ownership of multiple licenses, revised distributorship standards, and what California cannabis license applicants can expect more generally from California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control as rule-making continues through the remainder of the year. They will also address questions from the audience both during and at the end of the webinar. If you want to see Hilary in action as a speaker (back when she was heading up our cannabis practice out of Seattle), we urge you to go here on YouTube to check out her TedX talk on “Big Marijuana.” It’s nearing 35,000 views and for good reason!
And to register for this free webinar, please click here. We look forward to your joining us!