4th Annual NW Marijuana Law Conference

5.75 Law and Legal and 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID#1024385

Now in its fourth year, the Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference is an in-depth exploration of the practice of marijuana law in Washington State as the legal sale of marijuana moves from a new to a maturing industry. Led by Joshua Ashby and Christopher Larsen, speakers address issues ranging from cross-border law and the ethics of advising marijuana law clients; analyze updates in the laws that merge recreational and medical marijuana under a single regulatory system; and parse out the continuing issues for business owners related to land use, employment, and licensing. Participants build strategies for assisting clients with the emerging trends and challenges in business development, taxation, and intellectual property, as well as what to do when your client wants to litigate.


Recorded:  11/04/2016
Credits:  5.75 Law and Legal and 1.0 Ethics CLE | WSBA Activity ID#1024385
Length: 6 hours, 51 minutes

Featured Speakers:
Joshua Ashby, Christopher Larsen, Rochelle Nelson, Christine Masse, Neil Juneja, Samuel Grosz, Ryan Espegard, Dani Espinda, Eric Camm, Sean Badgley

Welcome and Updates to Washington marijuana laws

  • Transportation licenses
  • Out-of-state financing
  • Medical Marijuana: Incorporation into the recreational market

Business Development

  • Valuation
  • Investment
  • Finance
  • Holding Companies

Intellectual Property

  • Trademark (state and federal)
  • Patent
  • Licensing of IP and Holding Companies
  • Branding
  • Merchandising
  • Advertising

Rapid Fire Session (15 minutes each):

  • Employment: Compensation, hiring and firing
  • Land Use & Zoning: Moratoriums; Nonconforming Use; Business Licensing; Landlord/Tenant issues
  • Banking: Local Options; Issues with National Banks

Taxes and IRC §280E

  • Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)
  • Form 8300
  • Local taxation

Federal, International & Other States

  • Rescheduling at the federal level
  • Border Crossing issues: How legalization in other states may affect or add to your practice
  • Political issues


  • Handshake agreements gone wrong
  • Disputes between investors
  • Leasehold disputes


  • Advising marijuana clients, from within Washington and from without
  • Potential for conflict


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session 1 - Welcome, Introduction, and Updates to Washington marijuana laws
Speakers: Joshua Ashby & Christopher Larsen, Ashby Law Group
• Transportation Licenses
• Out-of-State Financing
• Merging of Medical Marijuana into Recreational
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Session 2 - Federal Marijuana Law and Policy Developments
Speaker: Sam Grosz, The Law Office of Samuel Grosz
• DEA decision not to reschedule
• Presidential Election
• State legalization efforts
• Border Crossing Issues
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Session 3 - Intellectual Property
Speaker: Neil Juneja, Gleam Law
• Trademark (State and Federal)
• Trade Secrets
• Branding/Merchandising/Advertising
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Session 4 - Business Development
Speaker: Christine Masse, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
• Valuation
• Investment/Finance
• Use of Holding Companies
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Session 5 - Taxes and IRC §280E
Speaker: Dani Espinda (CPA), Rhodes & Associates
• Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)
• Form 8300
• Local taxation
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Session 6 - Rapid Fire Session - Specific Marijuana Concerns
• Employment: Compensation, Hiring, and Firing- Speaker: Rochelle Nelson, Fisher Phillips
• Land Use & Zoning: Moratoriums; Nonconforming Use; Business Licensing; Landlord/Tenant issues- Speaker: Sean Badgley, C3 Law Group
• Banking: Local Options; Issues with National Banks- Speaker: Eric Camm, Apex Law Group
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Session 7 - Litigation
Speaker: Ryan Espegard, Gordon Thomas Honeywell
• Handshake agreements gone wrong
• Disputes between investors
• Leasehold disputes
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Session 8 - Ethics
Speaker: Joshua Ashby, Ashby Law Group
• Advising marijuana clients
• Potential for conflict


Program Chairs

Joshua Ashby, Ashby Law Group

Joshua is the managing attorney at Ashby Law Group PLLC, a business law practice focused on start-ups in high growth and emerging industries. Joshua earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where he studied administrative, regulatory, tax, business, and international law. After starting Ashby Law Group, Joshua began to focus his practice on Washington's marijuana market through a business strategy and corporate planning lens. Shortly thereafter, Joshua authored and published "Lost in the Weeds," the first comprehensive reference guide to Washington's new recreational marijuana laws. After being listed for only a few short weeks, "Lost in the Weeds" quickly climbed to #3 on Amazon's Best Sellers for Legal Self Help books. The Ashby Law Group was recently featured on the cover of Seattle University's Lawyer Magazine for their work with recreational marijuana companies in Washington State, and has been nominated for Dope Magazine's "Best Law Firm of 2015."

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.


Sean Badgley, C3 Law Group

Sean Badgley is an attorney working exclusively with Washington's emerging cannabis industry. A Colorado native, Sean holds an undergraduate degree in business economics from the University of Colorado. Sean graduated from Seattle University's School of Law and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest along the way. Since his admission the Washington Bar, Sean has repeatedly and successfully represented clients against the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. When Sean is not fighting government overreach in the field of recreational cannabis, Sean works on I-502 compliant corporate governance and is a successful litigator.

Eric Camm, Apex Law Group

Eric is an experienced attorney with a broad array of corporate governance, commercial transaction, and dispute resolution experience. He focuses his practice working with early stage to medium size businesses, identifying corporate governance and other liability issues before they arise.

Eric has acted as general counsel to numerous closely held private companies, non-profit corporations, and small cap public companies. His experience includes corporate governance, formation, public disclosure requirements, creditor/debtor issues, employment matters, nonprofit and foundation issues, and IP protection. He has drafted numerous contracts, employment agreements, license agreements, merger agreements, commercial leases, promissory notes, debt restructuring instruments, settlement agreements, and public filings for his clients. Eric has also assisted public and private clients, including port districts, private companies, individuals, investment LLCs and startup ventures with dispute resolution, utilizing negotiation, alternate dispute resolutions such as arbitration and mediation and of course, civil litigation.

Ryan Espegard, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Ryan joined GTH in 2012, where his primary areas of practice now include litigation, administrative regulations, and land use law. Ryan's litigation experience spans a broad range of legal issues, but is frequently focused on products liability, land use, real estate, and business disputes. He is also breaking ground in the emerging area of cannabis business and regulation law, advising his clients as they develop some of the first legal marijuana businesses in the country. Ryan moved to the Northwest to attend Seattle University School of Law in 2006 after growing up in the Midwest and obtaining a bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dani Espinda (CPA), ACT Resources, PLLC

Dani is a principal at ACT Resources, PLLC and Tax Manager and Cannabis Business Consultant at Rhodes & Associates, PLLC in Federal Way with 16 years public accounting experience. She is a graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and has been a licensed CPA since 2002. Dani specializes in tax compliance and planning for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates and trusts as well as financial accounting and reporting and QuickBooks consulting. She has experience in various industries including manufacturing, real estate, personal services and construction but her primary focus these days is medical and recreational cannabis tax and business consulting for clients in multiple states. Dani has presented to the WSCPA, WAATP, MJBA, Cannabis Women's Alliance and CannaCon 2016 in WA and AK as well as conducted several marijuana business and tax workshops for her clients in the industry.

Samuel Grosz, The Law Office of Samuel Grosz

Samuel Grosz is an attorney practicing in West Linn, Oregon where he focuses on general business law and tax issues facing cannabis businesses. He was an advisor to the supporters of Measure 91, which legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon. After its passage, he worked with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to create administrative rules for Measure 91. He has lobbied for the marijuana industry at both the state and federal level.

Mr. Grosz holds an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University and earned his law degree cum laude from Seattle University. He holds a B.A. from Portland State University in finance and marketing with a minor in Russian language. Also, he earned a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University. Mr. Grosz volunteers his time at Legal Aid Services of Oregon by assisting low- income taxpayers. He serves on the Oregon State Bar's Tax Section, Laws Committee and on the Multnomah Bar Association's Young Lawyers CLE Committee. He is an avid sailor and enjoys traveling abroad.

Neil Juneja, Gleam Law

Neil Juneja is the founder of Gleam Law, a cannabis-focused law firm with offices in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon and is a licensed patent attorney. The majority of his practice focuses on trademark protection of cannabis brands in state and federal law. In addition, Neil has written numerous article on cannabis law and intellectual property as well as spoken at many events including in the National Mall in Washington DC and at the Seattle Hempfest. Some of Gleam Law's notable clients include the first Seattle recreational marijuana retailer, several world-famous musicians branding cannabis products, and many publicly traded companies working in the cannabis industry. Neil has also been in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and on several documentaries for his work in the cannabis legal industry.

Christine Masse, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Christine M. Masse, a partner, is the leader of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's government and regulatory affairs practice group and specializes in representing businesses in highly regulated industries with their transactional, regulatory, and public policy needs. Chris also leads the firm's tribal team, providing counsel to various Northwest Native American tribes and organizations on gaming, regulatory, real property, construction, financing, tax, liquor, marijuana, and economic development issues. Chris maintains a practice before the Washington State Gambling Commission relating to licensing issues and the approval and ongoing regulatory oversight of casino properties and before the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board on liquor and marijuana matters. She is a registered lobbyist in Washington State and has successfully lobbied for the passage of legislation in various areas. Before joining the firm, Chris was a judicial extern for the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, U.S. District Court, Seattle, Washington, and clerked for the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney, in Springfield, Illinois. Chris received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Washington School of Law. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration, magna cum laude, at the University of Illinois.

Rochelle Nelson, Fisher Phillips

Rochelle Nelson is an attorney in Fisher Phillips' Seattle office. Her practice covers all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour, employee drug-testing, and disability accommodations. Rochelle and her colleagues counsel cannabis retailers, growers, and other supporting industries with operations in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington on both state and federal employment law issues. She has presented on employment related topics for cannabis businesses and enjoys assisting emerging operations master the basics of employment


General Registration - $225.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $195.00

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