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A Comprehensive Overview of Medical Marijuana Legal Issues

Medical marijuana creates numerous opportunities for investors, business owners, healthcare providers and patients with qualifying conditions. It also creates a myriad of potential legal problems for those who misinterpret state law and fail to take into account the fact that marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. It is essential that attorneys advising medical marijuana businesses, patients and healthcare providers have a firm understanding of state and federal laws, as well as business licensing procedures, taxation difficulties, and more. Confidently navigate the many intricacies of medical marijuana law - register today!

  • Analyze federal memos on medical marijuana and make sense of contradictory government positions.
  • Advise prospective medical marijuana business owners on the in's and out's of licensing and compliance.
  • Ensure dispensaries properly test and package medical marijuana edibles and other products.
  • Employ creative tax strategies to offset the inability of medical marijuana businesses to deduct business expenses.
  • Understand what conditions qualify patients for medical marijuana prescriptions.
  • Distinguish between the ethical considerations of helping a business obtain a medical marijuana license and enforcing license rights.

  1. Federal Responses to Medical Marijuana Laws
    9:00 - 10:15, Carl B. Jensen Jr.
    1. Current Federal Enforcement Priorities
    2. Federal Memos: Contradictory Messages
    3. Outcomes for Undermining Federal Enforcement Priorities
    4. Possible Legal Consequences to Cannabis Consumers Under Federal Law
      1. Gun Control Act of 1968
      2. Federal Housing Assistance
    5. State Agencies and Federal Funding
    6. Preemption and the Controlled Substance Act
    7. Medical Marijuana Business Taxation
  2. Obtaining Medical Marijuana Business Licenses: Overcoming Hurdles
    10:30 - 11:45, Herman A. Watson IV
    1. Types of Authorized Businesses: Dispensaries, Cultivation Facilities, Etc.
    2. Persons Prohibited From Owning and Operating Cannabis Businesses
    3. Necessary Background Checks for Owners and Employees
    4. Necessary Start-Up Funds
    5. Complying With Zoning Requirements
    6. Appeals for License Denials
    7. Overcoming Property Leasing Difficulties for Marijuana Businesses
    8. Handling License Renewals
  3. Essential Business Considerations for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
    12:45 - 2:00, Bruce A. Fredrickson and Angela M. LeDuc
    1. Marketing Restrictions for Marijuana Dispensaries
    2. Verifying Patient Information and Dosage Amounts
    3. Security and Control Requirements for Dispensaries and Producers
    4. Product Preparation and Packaging Requirements
    5. Product Testing Requirements
    6. Complying With State Inspection Requirements
    7. Obtaining Trademarks
    8. Reporting Duties to the State Licensing Authority
    9. Negotiating Third Party Agreements With Cultivators, Managers, Etc.
  4. Patients, Caregivers and Physicians: Ensuring Legal Compliance
    2:15 - 3:30, Christopher C. Young
    1. Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana Prescriptions
    2. Obtaining Patient Registry Cards: Exclusions, Fees and Other Key Considerations
    3. Authorized Caregivers: Determining Eligibility
    4. Requirements and Liabilities for Physicians
    5. Where can Patients Consume Medical Marijuana?
    6. Employment-Related Concerns for Patients
  5. Ethics
    3:30 - 4:30, Bruce A. Fredrickson and Angela M. LeDuc
    1. Securing Licenses vs. Enforcing Rights of Licenses
    2. Duty to Pursue Justice
    3. Advising on Business Operations
    4. Conflicts With Federal Law
    5. Criminal Law Considerations
    6. Ownership of Cannabis Businesses

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