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.


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University of Washington Hazelton Fellow

Editor, Cannabis Law and Policy Project (CLPP) blog

Speaking Engagements

“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

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.

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)

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.


Board Member, Washington State Bar Cannabis Law Section Executive Committee


  • Gonzaga University (B.A., 2012) Cum Laude
  • University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 2016)