Marijuana Business Seminar Today In Seattle

close up picture of microphoneJust one last reminder on how we will be putting on a seminar today (April 22) on the legal (and some business) issues cannabis businesses they are likely to face in the current marketplace. This seminar will take place on April 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Washington State Convention Center and will address three different topics, each with its own panel of experts.

If you attend, you will learn the basics on avoiding common business traps. Experts will discuss the hows and whys of registering and policing your trademarks, entering into enforceable non-disclosure agreements, interacting with state and federal government, and dealing with your employment law issues. It will also include networking breaks to allow you to mingle with other producers and processors, and business professionals.

Go here for more information and to register. We hope to see you there.

It will consist of the following panels, with the following speakers:

Panel I: Preventing Legal Liability 1pm – 1:55pm

+ Product Liability, Packaging, and Labeling

Hilary Bricken is an attorney with the Canna Law Group. Since 2010, Hilary has been representing cannabis businesses in their various legal matters. In 2013, DOPE Magazine named her as the Marijuana Industry Attorney of the Year and the Puget Sound Business Journal named her as one of its seven “Top Deal Makers.” The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Newsweek, Time, and the Seattle Times, frequently interview her on cannabis issues.

+ Employment Practices Liability

Robert McVay is an attorney with the Canna Law Group. Since 2010, he has assisted countless cannabis clients with their company formation, Washington state regulatory compliance,  intellectual property, and employment law matters.

+ Environmental Law for Marijuana Producers, Processors, and Retailers

Tod Gold has practiced environmental law for 30 years, first with the Environmental Protection Agency and more recently with the Joyce Ziker Parkinson law firm. Tod’s practice focuses on assisting individuals, companies, and municipalities with their environmental issues.

Panel II: Working with Government 2:05pm – 3:05pm

+ Working with Local Government

Dan Anglin is President of Anglin Public Affairs and Managing Partner of EdiPure, one of Colorado’s most successful marijuana processors.

+ State Lobbying

Becky Bogard is a state lobbyist who represents a broad array of clients in various industries, including marijuana and alcohol.

+ Participating in Federal Government

Aaron Smith is the Executive Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, which focuses on representing the business interests of marijuana enterprises across the country.

+ Public Relations for Marijuana Businesses

Andrew Wells is a public affairs account manager for Nyhus Communications in Seattle who has handled a marijuana industry public relations campaign.

Panel III: Building for the Future 3:05 – 4:00

+ Cash Infusions for Operating Businesses

Jay Biagi is a principal attorney at the Fifth Avenue Law Group who works primarily on securities and finance issues and on helping businesses raise capital to finance operations and expansion.

+ Maintaining and Auditing Financial Records

Mario Ceretto is an accountant with New Era CPAs with extensive experience working with businesses on financial audits, taxes, and controller services.

+ Registering and Licensing Trademarks

Robert McVay will be discussing the IP and trademark issues that are peculiar to cannabis businesses.


Please click here for more information and to register.

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