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Jessica McElfresh, INCBA Member and Board of Director, interviewed regarding a new California law banning employers from marijuana screening.

Jessica McElfresh, INCBA Member who also holds a seat on our Board of Directors , was interviewed by 10News ABC in San Diego (KGTV) regarding a new California law banning employers from marijuana screening.  "This is a big step." Jessica McElfresh is a criminal defense attorney specializing in cannabis law. She says there's been a push for a law like this for years. "In 13 years I've gotten hundreds of calls from people who were denied a job even when they disclosed it up front it didn't make a difference that it was medical." Click here to read the full story and watch the interview on the KGTV website.

INCBA Europe Conference at CB Expo in Zurich 2022 – a great success!

  On the weekend of September 10th, INCBA hosted the first ever Conference for Cannabis Lawyers in Europe at the CB Expo. Over the course of two days, seventeen attorneys from Europe and the US presented seven sessions on the main legal issues facing the European cannabis market. Topics included the principle of free movement of hemp and cannabis products within the EU, the legal classification of CBD products as food or cosmetics, contractual aspects of importing cannabis products into the EU, the legal hurdles in the legalization of recreational cannabis, and much more. The active and participatory audience included both lawyers as well as interested entrepreneurs who could take away valuable insights for their businesses. In addition to the unparalleled education, there was plenty of networking to be found, including the social reception at Cannavigia sponsored by INCBA on the eve of the conference, at the after-party of the conference itself, or at the closing dinner with INCBA Lea

INCBA Ethics Committee Offers Suggested Model Rule Revision to ABA

  This week INCBA’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee commented to the ABA regarding a proposed change to the Model Rules for client due diligence , and committee member Joslin Monahan spoke on behalf of INCBA at an ABA roundtable for the same.   INCBA proposed modifying Model Rule 1.2(d) and offered a comment to Rule 1.6 , both designed to promote that cannabis lawyers – and other attorneys dealing with dual sovereignty conflicts – are able to advise and represent their legal cannabis clients, and ensure attorney-client privilege with the same, without fear of discipline merely for assisting their clients in following the law. Quick Links: INCBA Request for Comment Support INCBA Ethics Hotline

Cannabis Law Institute Opening Keynote - District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine #CLI2022

Each year, the  International Cannabis Bar Association hosts the Cannabis law Institute , where the leading minds in law convene for a multi-day, immersive educational and networking event. Offering CLE credit in the United States and select other jurisdictions, CLI covers a multitude of topics in educational sessions interspersed with networking luncheons, off-site events, receptions, and committee and leadership meetings to inform your legal practice. In its fifth year, INCBA's CLI has emerged at the do-not-miss event legal event of the year, where relationships are formed, and key insights are provided. Our Fifth Annual Cannabis Law Institute featured an opening keynote by District of Columbia Attorney General, Karl A. Racine . AG Racine has been a public supporter of decriminalizing cannabis since his election in 2014 and has supported both banking initiatives as well as regulation of DC's decriminalized but unregulated cannabis industry since 2019. With his unique persp

A Day 1 recap of the Cannabis Law Institute by The D.C. Bar Blog - #CLI2022

  Facing Inconsistent Government Regulation, Cannabis Industry Aims for Doable Reforms - #CLI2022 Original article posted June 14, 2022, by Jeremy Conrad and John Murph, on Duly Noted, The D.C. Bar Blog With expanded legalization and growing capital, the cannabis industry is projected to reach $33.6 billion in global sales by 2025, but the uneven policy landscape in the United States continues to pose challenges to businesses, communities, and state and local governments. At the International Cannabis Bar Association’s fifth annual Cannabis Law Institute on June 9–11, attendees discussed the impacts of federal prohibition on the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana as well as the lack of uniform cannabis regulation in the country. These inconsistent policies put the District of Columbia, for example, in a confusing and sometimes dangerous territory, said D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, who delivered the keynote address. Unlike many states, the District cannot have a recreational

Diversity in the Cannabis Industry - it's more than checking the box

  June 30, 2022 12:30-2PM Eastern/11:30AM-1PM Central CICK HERE TO REGISTER Discover what your clients are missing about diversity in the cannabis industry – including how to address issues unique to this industry. You will hear from a diverse panel of cannabis business owners and executives about their experiences and learn tips for keeping your clients on the right side of this issue. Prep for this with this article from Marijuana Business Journal found in The Cannabis NewsHub . We are proud to be content providers and supporters of ABA Moderator:   Susan Burns , S Burns Legal PLLC Panelists: Steven Brown , CEO, Nothing But Hemp LLC Angela Dawson , CEO and co-founder, 40 Acres Co-op Amber Littlejohn , Executive Director, Minority Cannabis Business Association Maggie May Wilson , CMO, Fruit Slabs Lici Zimmerman Co-Sponsored by the ABA TIPS Cannabis Committee

Warning! FDA Issues Warning Letters for Products Containing Delta-8 THC

On May 4, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to five companies it asserts are illegally marketing products labeled as containing delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8 THC) in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). Simultaneously, FDA issued a new consumer update “5 Things to Know about Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol... Continue Reading on Cannabis Law Blog

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