Daniel Shortt, Attorney

Daniel Shortt

Daniel is a business attorney who works extensively with entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. He is an authority on legal issues relating to CBD and hemp laws and he has been invited to speak on those topics at events across the country and overseas. Daniel also assists our clients with their corporate formation, transactional, licensing, regulatory, and litigation needs. Daniel writes for the award-winning Canna Law Blog and he regularly speaks to media outlets who seek him out for his perspective on legal issues in marijuana and hemp.

Daniel graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, where he worked extensively with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to fund and establish the Cannabis Law and Policy Project (CLPP). He then served as the editor of the CLPP blog and as a Hazelton Fellow researching cannabis law. He also interned for Justice Richard Baldwin of the Oregon Supreme Court and for the Seattle City Attorney.

As an undergrad, Daniel studied music at Gonzaga University, focusing on jazz guitar. After college, he worked and volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing guitar, taking boxing classes, and exploring Seattle with his two dogs Dexter and Oliver.


More About Daniel

Speaking Engagements

Selling Hemp Derived CBD Products in Your Retail Shop, Why Now,” ASD Market Week, June 9, 2020.

Beyond CBD: New Cannabinoids and the 2018 Farm Bill,” Harris Bricken webinar, April 29, 2020.

CBD Considerations in the Pacific Northwest,” The Seminar Group, Webcast, March 24, 2020.

The Current Legal Status of Industrial Hemp and CBD Products,” NORML Key West Legal Seminar, Key West, Florida, December 7, 2019.

Cannabis in the U.S. and Abroad,” WSBA International Law Section, Seattle, WA, December 4, 2019.

“Legal Issues and Career Opportunities in the Cannabis Industry,” Gonzaga School of Law, Spokane, WA, November 25, 2019.

Program chair and presenter, “The Lucrative Business of Marijuana in Washington State,” Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, November 21-22, 2019.

The New Rules of Hemp,” Harris Bricken webinar, November 14, 2019.

CBD & THC: Understanding the Global Landscape,” CanEx Jamaica Montego Bay, Jamaica, September 27, 2019.

“Ethics—Keeping Your License and Your Cannabis Clients,” From Regs to Riches: Navigating the Rapidly Emerging Fields of Cannabis and Hemp Law, American Bar Association, Chicago, IL, September 19, 2019.

Hemp & CBD Law: The Future of a Booming But Largely Unregulated Industry,” HB Litigation Conferences, July 25, 2019.

“Webinar: Hemp-Derived CBD In Washington State and Across the Country,” Washington State Bar Association Cannabis Law Section, June 19, 2019.

CBD/Hemp Update,” Marijuana Law – A Comprehensive Overview for Beginners or Pros, King County Bar Association, May 30, 2019.

It Could Happen to You: Cannabis Agency Litigation and Enforcement,” Harris Bricken webinar, April 23, 2019.

West Coast Hemp CBD After the Farm Bill,” Harris Bricken Webinar, February 21, 2019.

Washington Cannabis Law and Policy Under the Trump Administration,” NAPMW LPO Seminar, Chelan, Washington, April 21, 2018.

“Update on the State of Cannabis,” The Seminar Group’s 17th Annual CLE Bootcamp, December 7, 2018.

Program Chair and Presenter,“Cross-Border Cannabis Considerations: Oregon and Washington Update,” The Seminar Group’s Medical and Recreational Marijuana, November 30 and December 1, 2017.

Hemp and CBD Update,” The Business of Marijuana in Washington State, Seminar Group, November 30, 2018.

Legal Pitfalls Cannabis Businesses Face and How to Avoid Them,” CanEx Jamaica 2018, September 28, 2018.

Cannabis Laws & How They Affect Real Estate Transactions,” Back to School Daze, Escrow Association of Washington, September 19, 2018.

CBD: Legal or Not?,” HB Litigation Conferences, Webinar, August 16, 2018.

Buyer Breakfast hosted by Cannuka,” FounderMade Consumer Discovery Show, June 11, 2018

Marijuana Update,” The Seminar Group’s 16th Annual CLE Bootcamp, Seattle, WA, November 29, 2017.

Legal Best Practices for Marijuana Product Packaging and Testing,” National Business Institute’s Recreational Marijuana Business Law, July 21, 2017.

“The Marijuana Industry & Financial Services: What’s Happening? What’s in Store?” ABA-BLS Spring Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 8, 2017.

“Business Issues with Cannabis,” 2017 Cannabis Law Update, King County Bar Association, March 30, 2017.

“Overview of Legal Cannabis in Oregon and Washington,” Perkin Elmer’s Food, Beer & Cannabis Seminar, September 27 & 29, 2016.

Moderator, “Working in Weed: Emerging Labor and Employment Issues in the Cannabis Industry,” Students for Labor and Employment Justice, University of Washington School of Law, April 26, 2016.

Guest Lecturer, “Legal Cannabis,” University of Washington School of Law, April 8, 2016.

Media Appearances

It’s Time To Abolish The DEA,” The Hemp Startup Journey Podcast, June 25, 2020.

Are CBD Bars legal?,” KUOW 94.9, September 3, 2019.

Is CBD Legal? Does it even work? It’s time to clear the haze of confusion surrounding the ‘miracle’ ingredient,” Well + Good, July 27, 2018.

Federal agencies give hemp a boost,” Freight Waves, May 30, 2019.

For CBD food craze, regulations and restrictions are all over the map,” The Washington Post, April 7, 2019.

Investing in the Boom,” Bloomberg Businessweek, October 15, 2018.

State Considers Amnesty Program for Pot Business Owners That Hide Ownership,” The Stranger, July 23, 2018.

As NY Health Dept. Backs Marijuana Legalization, Attorneys Eye New Practice Area,” New York Law Journal, July 13, 2018.

The Feds Declare Pot Is Medicine,” The Stranger, July 4, 2018.

CBD Oil Products Were Already Readily Available – How is Epidiolex Different?Cafe Pharma, July 2, 2018.

Did Washington Accidentally Legalize Cannabis Delivery? This Online Weed Dealer Thinks So,” HERB, June 15, 2018.

Is CBD Legal? It Depends on Who You Ask,” Quartzy, June 9, 2018.

Business struggles with pot-smoking workers, wants White House to weigh in,” Washington Examiner, February 27, 2018.

Maintenance Request: Am I Really Not Allowed to Smoke Weed in My Apartment?The Stranger, February 23, 2018.

This extract is driving a hemp gold rush. But is it legal?The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 5, 2018.

One month after Sessions marijuana memo, where do U.S. attorneys stand on legal weed?The Cannabist, February 5, 2018.

Medical Marijuana Could Be Good Business In Pennsylvania,” WPSU Penn State, January 30, 2018.

How Jeff Sessions’ Weed Enforcement Reversal Could Impact Medical Marijuana Patients,” Gizmodo, January 4, 2018.

Even with AG protection, Sessions’ pot decision may still affect Wash.,” Seattle Post Intelligence, January 4, 2018.

Feds put their foot down on pot,” KIRO 7 News, January 4, 2018.

Industry insiders, state officials in recreational cannabis markets vow to stay the course,” Marijuana Business Daily, January 4, 2018.

Breaking Down The Regulatory Differences Among West Coast Cannabis Markets,” OPB News, December 21, 2017.

Costly employment-related lawsuits on the rise in cannabis industry as MJ workforce grows,” Marijuana Business Daily, October 18, 2017.

Washington state rule change expands business options for marijuana cultivators,” Marijuana Business Daily, August 17, 2017.

Washington Legislators Update Cannabis Regulations to Address Federal Crackdown Threat,” Merry Jane, June 30, 2017.

Washington Licensing Change Expected to Bring Frenzy of Business Activity,” Leafly, August 10, 2017.

Pot Puzzle: In Washington state, it’s a checkerboard of marijuana rules and regulations,” Yakima Herald, July 22, 2017.

New Washington state cannabis regulations reflect concern about federal threat,” Marijuana Business Daily, June 29, 2017.

Why This Joke About ‘National Drug Test Day’ Isn’t Very Funny,” ATTN:, April 20, 2017.

Senate Drug Warriors’ False Claims Pave Way for Dangerous Bill,” AlterNet, April 12, 2017.

The TSA Sent a Mixed Message About Bringing Weed on Planes,” ATTN:, April 5, 2017.

This Senator’s Claims About Flavored Drugs is Dangerous,” ATTN:, March 31, 2017.

A Pioneer Square Startup Is Using Bitcoin to Let People Buy Pot With a Credit Card,” Seattle Weekly, March 22, 2017.

Reaction to White House’s marijuana comments,” KING 5, February 23, 2017.

Marijuana businesses pay taxes, but many don’t have bank accounts,” The Desert Sun, January 23, 2017.

Still No Homegrown Marijuana in Washington–But That Could Change,” High Times, January 13, 2017.

Bill introduced to allow marijuana grown at home,” seattlepi.com, January 12, 2017.

What Not to Do When Driving With Marijuana in Your Car,” ATTN:, December 31, 2016.

This Officer’s Response to a Teen’s Marijuana Offense is Going Viral,” ATTN:, December 29, 2016.

What Will Happen To Your Weed Under Donald Trump,” ATTN:, November 9, 2016.

The Absurd Reason Medical Marijuana Users Are Banned From Buying Guns,” ATTN:, September 1, 2016.

Yes, pot moratoriums are legal,” The Columbian Blogs, August 26, 2016.

Canna Law: Concerns About Legalization,” Dope Magazine, May 27, 2016.

More Than Enough,” Inlander, May 19, 2016.

What’s Wrong With The Report That Says Washington Has Plenty Of Medical Weed?The Stranger, May 17, 2016.

Washington State Faces No Cannabis Crop Shortfall, Say UW Researches,” Leafly, May 12, 2016. (Full research findings HERE)

Canna Law: Legalization And The Adult Use Of Marijuana Act,” Dope Magazine, April 25, 2016.

Seattle Will Have Shut Down About 100 MMJ Dispensaries By July. Are We Better For It?,” Seattle Weekly, April 12, 2016.

Idaho Medical Marijuana Initiative 2016: Where State Stands on Legalizing Weed,” Mic, February 11, 2016.


University of Washington Hazelton Fellow

Editor, Cannabis Law and Policy Project (CLPP) blog


Board Member, Washington State Bar Cannabis Law Section Executive Committee


  • Gonzaga University (B.A., cum laude)
  • University of Washington School of Law (J.D.)