3rd Annual NW Marijuana Law Conference: Strategies for a Local and National Industry

6.25 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA AV Activity ID #414995

The Third Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference covers the basics of marijuana law in Washington State, as well as addressing the updated laws that merge recreational and medical marijuana under a single regulatory system. Topics include: Emerging Trends and Challenges; Marijuana's Future in Criminal Court; and a particular program highlight of “Marijuana and Local Government” with attorneys from the City of Seattle and City of Kent comparing and contrasting city issues.

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Recorded:  11/13/2015
Credits:  6.25 Law and Legal CLE | WSBA AV Activity ID #414995
Length: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Featured Speakers:
Stephanie Boehl, James Hunt, Dan Bugbee, David Mendoza, David Galazin, Carla Lee, Kurt Boehl, Joy Beckerman-Meyer, Andrew Siegal, Jared Van Kirk, Ryan Espegard, Teresa Daggett, Joshua Ashby, Christopher Larsen

The Third Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference covers the basics of marijuana law in Washington State, as well as addressing the updated laws that merge recreational and medical marijuana under a single regulatory system. Participants build strategies for assisting clients with the emerging trends and challenges in financing, receiverships, and taxation, as well as zoning laws and building code requirements for marijuana business and processing. An expert panel offers guidance on the future of marijuana law in the state and the nation, and discusses the issues surrounding the development and application of regulations in cities and counties in Washington.

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Stephanie Boehl, KB Law Group PLLC

Stephanie advises marijuana growers, processors, and retailers, as well as other businesses, on critical legal issues in order to maintain compliance with a multitude of growing and changing state rules and regulations. She began advising closely held businesses and start-ups on marijuana regulatory compliance immediately after the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012. Stephanie also helps her clients minimize and comply with state and local taxes. She represents clients in audit, appeals, and litigation. She is a frequent speaker and writer on marijuana regulatory compliance and local taxes. For the last three years, Stephanie was named by her peers as a Washington "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers magazine, she was also featured in the magazine's 2015 issue. Stephanie received her LL.M. in tax from the University of Washington, and her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2007. She co-owns KB Law Group PLLC with her husband, Kurt. This is her third year as the chairperson of the annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference.


Joshua Ashby, Ashby Law Group

Joshua began working with his first startup in 1997 and has successfully assisted many more start-up and established companies since then. He has experience negotiating manufacture and wholesale agreements from Europe to South America, and spent two years living in East Asia.

Joshua graduated summa cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and worked for a U.S. Congressman before going to law school.

Joshua earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where he studied administrative, regulatory, tax, business, and international law. As an attorney, Joshua's practice focuses on business strategy and corporate planning.

Joy Beckerman-Meyer, Hemp Ace International LLC

Joy is the President of the WA State Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association and Hemp Ace International, as well as the Senior Paralegal at The Li Law Firm / Northern Lights Legal Services. She owned the first hemp store in NY in the early 1990's in Woodstock, and was appointed by Rep. Fred Maslack to serve as the Secretary of the VT Hemp Council when the first VT hemp bill passed in 1996.
Over the last 15 years, Joy developed an extensive dual career as a complex civil litigation paralegal, working with some of Seattle's most distinguished attorneys at both Dorsey & Whitney and Lee Smart, among other fine firms. Joy is the recipient of the Hemp Industries Association's 2014 Hemp Activist of the Year Award and is currently best known for her outstanding work educating Governor Inslee and the 147 Members of the WA State Legislature with her Industrial Hemp Edu-Kits, along with the Industrial Hemp Policy-Making Reference Materials Binders currently being distributed to them.

Kurt Boehl, KB Law Group, PLLC

Kurt Boehl is an experienced and respected attorney who balances his current practice between Marijuana Business Law and Criminal Defense.

Kurt is passionate about the practice of law. In his final year of law school, he interned with both the Public Defender's Office and Seattle's City Attorney. As a Rule 9 public defender and prosecutor, Kurt appeared as lead counsel in over 20 jury trials. Kurt formed his solo practice in 2005, immediately after gaining his license to practice law. He represented hundreds of clients in his first two years in Criminal Defense practice, defending individuals accused of a wide variety of crimes. Kurt quickly established a strong reputation for successfully defending individuals accused of drug possession, manufacturing and trafficking.

In 2008 - 2009, Kurt was one of the pioneers in advancing Washington's medical marijuana laws. With a focus on patient access and community safety, Kurt worked successfully with several cities and counties to develop a sustainable, regulated medical marijuana market. In 2010, Kurt was fortunate to work with Alison Holcomb to draft legislation for what became I-502 (Washington's Marijuana legalization initiative). Since then, he has worked closely with recreational marijuana business applicants, the Washington State Liquor Control Board, and select city and county officials, with the goal of wisely implementing regulations for Washington's adult-use marijuana market

Dan Bugbee, DBS Law

Dan Bugbee began his legal career after graduating from the University of Washington in 2009. After starting at the law firm of Karr Tuttle Campbell, he moved to Garvey Schubert Barer where he continued developing his litigation and bankruptcy practice. In 2015 he changed trajectory and started DBS Law.

Dan has emphasized providing tailored legal services based upon his client's needs, whether that requires drafting a contract or litigating a lawsuit. Dan has first-chaired numerous trials, ranging from one-day bench trials to a federal jury trial. Dan has also represented clients in appeals in both state and federal appellate courts.

Before going to law school, Dan served on active duty with the United States Army. Dan has continued his service in the Washington Army National Guard, currently holding the rank of Major. Dan leverages the skills he learned as a leader of infantry soldiers and as a military intelligence officer in his practice of law.

Teresa Daggett, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Teresa Daggett works with businesses to help them through all phases of growth, from formation through contracts and mergers and acquisitions. She enjoys working with companies in a wide variety of industries, assisting with the challenges they encounter along the road to success. From inventors to manufacturers, from cannabis businesses to software businesses, she provides primarily business entity and securities legal services designed to bring real, bottom-line value to clients.

Teresa holds a J.D. from the University of Washington Law School and a B.A. from the University of Kentucky. She is an active member of the Business Law and Corporate Counsel sections, and a member of the Cyberspace and Securities Committees, of the Washington Bar Association.

Ryan Espegard, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Ryan Espegard focuses his practice on litigation and regulatory compliance. He has litigated a wide variety of cases involving business, real estate, land use, construction, and product liability issues. Since the passage of I-502, Ryan has assisted cannabis business licensees and related companies navigate Washington's regulatory system, develop compliant business strategies, and resolve disputes. He obtained his J.D. from Seattle University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
David Galazin, City of Kent Law Department

James G. Hunt, The Law Office James G. Hunt PLLC

James Hunt is the Managing Member of The Law Office of James G. Hunt PLLC, a practice limited to state and federal tax matters. Jim has over 25 years of experience in advising individuals, non-profit organizations, closely-held businesses and Fortune 100 companies on multi-state tax issues, as well as, federal and state tax controversies.

He is a frequent blogger and speaker on state and federal tax issues impacting the Cannabis Industry and currently represents clients in both the recreational and medical cannabis industry. Mr. Hunt is the Chair of the State and Local Tax Committee of the Washington State Bar Association and an active member in the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics.

Prior roles have included: managing federal and state audits and litigation as Director of Tax Controversy for Washington Mutual/Chase; managing complex state tax audits for Amazon.com and GE Capital; and, holding leadership positions in Big 4 and mid-market accounting firms.

He holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa, a B.S. from Northern Illinois University. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Washington. He holds a CPA certificate from the State of Illinois.

Christopher Larsen, Ashby Law Group

Chris is a Washington native and earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where he studied corporate governance and intellectual property law. As the Editor in Chief of the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, he led the publication through final accreditation and established its Westlaw presence.

Chris graduated with honors from Central Washington University, where he earned Bachelor's Degrees in both Psychology and Law & Justice.

Chris has experience assisting Pacific NW companies with compliance and investigation planning in highly regulated industries, such as unlawful detainers, process service, and government permitting. His practice area is currently focused on assisting 502 companies.

Carla Lee, King County Prosecutor's Office

Carla Lee is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecutor's Office.

David Mendoza, Seattle City Attorney's Office

David is a Policy Advisor in the Office of Policy and Innovation within the Office of the Mayor of the City of Seattle. Prior to his current position, David served as a Policy Counsel for the House Democratic Caucus in Olympia, WA. He advised Democratic Representatives on issues related to the Labor & Workforce Development Committee and the Government Accountability & Oversight Committee. This latter committee was tasked with liquor, gambling, tobacco and marijuana regulations. His other experience includes working as a Policy Analyst at Puget Sound Sage where he wrote the first research report making the case for a $15 hourly wage at Sea-Tac Airport. His volunteer experience includes serving as a Commissioner for the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission from 2011-2014 and as the 2014 President of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. He is a 2007 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and a 1999 graduate of Pitzer College.

Professor Andrew Siegel, Seattle University School of Law

Professor Andrew Siegel, the Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives, joined the law school in 2007 after five years teaching at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before entering the legal academy, Professor Siegel served as a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and practiced as a litigation associate in the New York office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Professor Siegel graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, has a master's degree in history from Princeton University, and graduated summa cum laude and first in his class from New York University School of Law, where he was also an Executive Editor of the New York University Law Review.

Professor Siegel researches and writes about constitutional theory, contemporary constitutional and public law, American legal history, and criminal procedure. He is a nationally recognized expert on the United States Supreme Court, who frequently lectures on that subject in a variety of academic and professional settings. He is a co-author of The Supreme Court Sourcebook (with Richard Seamon, Joe Thai, and Kathryn Watts) and his scholarship has appeared in a variety of journals including the Texas, Fordham, and UC-Davis Law Reviews and the American Journal of Criminal Law. He is currently at work on a variety of projects including an annotated collection of Justice Stevens's writings, a cultural history of the first generation of American law schools, and articles exploring the structure of due process doctrine, the concept of "constitutional culture," and the evolution of thinking about the constitutionality of public school uniforms and dress codes. His writings for the popular press include "Nice Disguise: Alito's Frightening Geniality," (The New Republic, November 15, 2005) and "Farewell to Justice Stevens from those who Knew Him Well" (Washington Post, April 9, 2010) (with Joe Thai and Eduardo Penalver).

As Associate Dean, Professor Siegel is responsible for investigating, developing, and overseeing new programs and initiatives including advanced degree programs, collaborations with other schools, and the law school's new satellite campus; for coordinating long-term planning; and for advising the Dean on pressing strategic matters, including regulatory, accreditation, and rankings issues. In his years at SU, Professor Siegel has chaired the Executive, Faculty Appointments, and Curriculum Committees, coordinated the Faculty Law Firm initiative, and served in a variety of other leadership capacities.

Jared Van Kirk, Garvey Schubert Barer

Jared Van Kirk practices in the area of labor and employment. As a counselor on complex federal and state laws and regulations, Mr. Van Kirk provides his clients with advice and training concerning best practices for increasing legal compliance and avoiding disputes. Mr. Van Kirk's expertise includes untangling the network of federal and state laws that guarantee employees family and medical leave and disability accommodation. Mr. Van Kirk frequently addresses employers' concerns about employee drug use, drug testing in the workplace, and is a member of the Cannabis Practice Group. Mr. Van Kirk represents employers in disputes arising out of collectively bargained labor agreements and represents employers in labor arbitrations and against unfair labor practice charges.

As a litigation attorney, Mr. Van Kirk has resolved cases in state, federal, and administrative courts through settlement, summary resolution, and trial. He actively counsels his clients about realistic litigation positions, strategy appropriate to client goals, and settlement opportunities. Mr. Van Kirk's practice includes regularly defending companies against allegations of discrimination, harassment, unfair labor practice charges, and other workplace disputes. In addition, Mr. Van Kirk has prosecuted substantial litigation of patent, trademark/trade dress, and other commercial disputes.

Mr. Van Kirk received his law degree from Harvard Law School and was a clerk for The Honorable Jerome Farris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Van Kirk received his degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and engaged in genetic research concerning human evolution and complex diseases.

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