Beginning in 2016, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be requiring cannabis cultivators, processors, distributors and dispensary owners to apply for licenses, and the Oregon Health Authority will have a similar process. The City of Portland has also created a separate license for cannabis businesses, and other districts may do the same. With multiple licenses to obtain, and a myriad of regulatory hoops to jump through, navigating this newly legal space is going to be a challenge for anyone seeking to run a cannabis business. If you are planning to apply for either a medical or recreational license, you’ll almost certainly need some guidance, and it often takes a team of advisors to stay up to date on the seemingly ever-changing regulations. This Saturday, December 5th, Gleam Law will be hosting Seed to Sale, an Oregon Cannabis Business Seminar on starting, operating, and protecting a licensed cannabis business. Held at Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland, this event will take place from 1-5pm. There will be time for networking afterwards, with a hosted bar and light food available, as well as discounted hotel rooms for seminar attendees.
As many entrepreneurs are making moves to enter into the legal cannabis market, I believe it’s becoming apparent that just producing exceptional cannabis will not be enough to succeed in this increasingly competitive industry; there are over 300 medical dispensaries in Oregon, and enough producers and processors to keep them stocked. An equally exceptional business plan, marketing plan, and legal team will be necessary to stay afloat in this emerging market. The OLCC has released a Business Readiness Guidebook for Oregon Recreational Marijuana Operations online, but unless you’re an expert in employment law, land use and zoning regulations, and operating a business, you’ll probably need some assistance wading through the 30 pages of information and links.
With regulations still in draft form, the proper advice at the proper time is also going to be crucial to any entrepreneur looking to get started in the legal cannabis industry. Gleam Law is a full service firm, with a team that has experience advising on all aspects of cannabis business. For the Seed to Sale seminar the attorneys from Gleam Law will be presenting along with Andrew DeWeese of Oregon Cannabis Law Group, Dean Guske of Guske and Company, an accounting firm presently advising nearly 300 businesses in the Oregon and Washington cannabis industries, and Noah Stokes of CannaGuard Security, a firm specializing in cannabis security and compliance nationwide. With such a well rounded lineup of presenters, this seminar will be an excellent opportunity to find the answers to any number of questions pertaining to starting and running your cannabis business. Only 50 tickets will be sold for Seed to Sale, so be sure to grab yours before it’s too late. With just over a month to go before the OLCC begins accepting license applications, this overview of the process will undoubtedly provide crucial information to anyone involved in a cannabis business. See the information below (via the event page) to learn more about the presenters, and to buy tickets for the seminar, go to the event page here.
The Application Process Medical and Recreational Cannabis- Rachel Kurtz, Gleam Law
Rachel is a business attorney with a focus on cannabis regulatory compliance. Rachel has worked in medical marijuana field for more than a decade. Rachel is a longtime drug policy analyst through her work as the former deputy director of both the King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project and the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers, which led nationwide efforts to work with lawyers and judges by encouraging examination of the consequences of the drug war.
Business formation and structuring- Mike Herron, Gleam Law
Mike Herron is a business and general corporate attorney with Gleam Law. His experiences includes corporate formation, governance, capitalization, general business operations, regulatory compliance, and contracting. He spent the previous two and a half years as general counsel in an early stage pharmaceutical company. Mike is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and is licensed to practice in Oregon and California.
Protecting brands and innovations – trademark and patent law- Neil Juneja, Gleam Law
Neil Juneja is an intellectual property attorney, business attorney, and a licensed patent attorney. He has particular experience in protecting trademarks and patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Neil founded Gleam Law and has represented hundreds of cannabis clients nation-wide.
Litigation and employment law - Andrew DeWeese, Oregon Cannabis Law Group and
Andrew DeWeese has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in employment law disputes, including wage claims and discrimination/retaliation lawsuits based on virtually every conceivable protected category, in federal and state courts and in private and court-annexed arbitration. Andrew is the founder of the Oregon Cannabis Law Group, where he advises clients on business and cannabis law, and represents clients in litigation.
Cannabis Accounting- Dean Guske, Guske and Company PLLC
Dean Guske has nearly 30 years of experience as a CPA and currently runs an accounting firm that advises nearly 300 businesses in Oregon and Washington cannabis industry. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Washington Society of CPAs.
Compliance and Security- Noah Stokes, CannaGuard Security
Noah Stokes is the founder of CannaGuard Security, a firm specializing in cannabis security and compliance. Noah is engaged with the Oregon Cannabis PAC and the OLLC. He has addressed politicians in Washington DC and spoken on panels with senators and representatives. Canna Guard Security works with over 100 licenses nationwide.
Hotel Monaco – 506 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97204
Hotel discounts available
Only 50 attendees
Sponsored by Gleam Law