6th Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference

6.75 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID #1088419

Since 2012 9 states have legalized marijuana for all uses. All but 4 have legalized medical marijuana. How have the laws of the West Coast states changed over the past six years? How have they impacted litigation and legislation in other states as well as among themselves? How are federal tax laws and case law adjusting to the slow "green" tide emanating from the Pacific? Program chairs Sativa Rasmussen and Joshua Ashby will again lead the conversation, bringing together experts from the law and from the industry to provide critical focus and frameworks.


Recorded:  11/16/2018
Credits:  6.75 Law and Legal CLE | WSBA Activity ID #1088419
Length: 6 hours, 56 minutes

Featured Speakers:
Danica Noble, Ben Pirie, Justin Hobson, Ryan Espegard, Rochelle Nelson, Dani Espinda, Ammon Ford

Topics include:

  • Cannabis and the Constitution
  • The impact of the 2018 changes in tax law
  • Growing investments by banks and big money in the cannabis industry
  • The impact of Oregon, California and Washington on the legalization of marijuana across these United States
  • The ongoing issues of employment law in the cannabis industry
  • Intellectual property and working with the WSLCB
  • Industrial hemp in the Pacific NW and the US


Agenda and speakers are subject to change

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee Service

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome and introductions


Josh Ashby, Lane Powell, LLC

Sativa Rasmussen, Lane Powell LLC

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Cannabis and the Constitution


Danica Noble, Director, NORML Women of Washington

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Industrial Hemp


Benjamin Pirie, Lane Powell, LLC

10:45-11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The impact of Oregon, Canada, and California


Justin Hobson, Lane Powell, LLC

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

Sponsored by Lane Powell, LLC

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Litigation Issues and procedure: Municipal & administrative appeals and related litigation, business and real property disputes, and unique legal issues facing licensees


Ryan Espegard, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Advising cannabis clients through employee terminations, workplace conduct, and sexual harassment.


Rochelle Nelson, Skellenger Bender

3:00-3:15 p.m.


3:15-4:15 p.m.

The impact of the 2018 changes in tax law


Dani Espinda, Rhodes and Associates, PLLC

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Cannabis IP: Federal and State Protection of Trademarks and Other Intellectual Property


Ammon Ford, Gleam Law

Ammon Ford, Gleam Law5:15 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn


Program Chairs

Joshua Ashby, Lane Powell

Josh Ashby is one of Washington state's most experienced recreational marijuana transactional lawyers. He is Co-Chair of Lane Powell's Cannabis Team and advises cannabis businesses on general corporate, M&A and real estate transactions, simultaneously guiding them through the industry's highly regulated landscape. Josh also regularly advises startups and emerging companies on business strategy and corporate planning. He has experience negotiating manufacture and wholesale agreements from Europe to South America, and previously lived in East Asia.

Sativa Rasmussen, Lane Powell

Sativa Rasmussen is a member of Lane Powell's Cannabis Team. She advises clients from startups to established market leaders on corporate governance and contract law, internationally and domestically. Sativa also represents businesses in highly regulated industries with their transactional, regulatory and compliance needs. She has extensive experience negotiating transactions, drafting documents, and communicating the needs of her clients to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and other administrative agencies.


Dani Espinda

Dani is a principal with ACT Resources, PLLC and Tax Manager and Cannabis Business Consultant at Rhodes & Associates, PLLC with 16 years of public accounting experience. Dani graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with high honors and has been a licensed CPA since 2002. She specializes in tax compliance and planning for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates and trusts as well as financial accounting and reporting and QuickBooks consulting. She specializes in medical and recreational Cannabis, with over 275 clients in AK, CA, CO, OR as well as WA but also has extensive experience with manufacturing, real estate, professional services and construction. Dani is a member of the AICPA, CGMA, WSCPA, Marijuana Business Association, Cannabis Women's Alliance and the Estate Planning Council of South King County and has been a certified as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

Ammon Ford

Ammon helps businesses navigate complex transactions in highly regulated industries and has extensive experience helping Cannabis businesses secure, protect, and fully utilize their copyrights and trademarks. Ammon currently sits on the board of the Washington State Bar Association's Cannabis Law Section and is an active member of both the Cannabis Alliance and the National Cannabis Industry Association.

Ammon holds joint JD/MBA degree from Seattle University's School of Law and Albers School of Business and Economics with a focus in entrepreneurial business law. At Seattle University, Ammon's Nocturnal Brewing team was the Grand Prize Winner of the 17th Annual Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition, hosted in 2015 by the Albers Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. In 2013 he founded the Cannabis Law Society (CLAW), the first cannabis-centered law student association in the US, and served on the boards of the JD/MBA Student Association and Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity.

When he is not working, you can find Ammon camping, reading poetry, and spending time with his wife and their dog Stubby Charlie.

Justin Hobson

Justin Hobson is Co-Chair of Lane Powell's Cannabis Team. He advises cannabis businesses on business, regulatory and tax matters. Justin helps his clients make well-informed legal decisions that will benefit their businesses for the long haul and offers guidance on entity selection, raising capital, regulatory compliance, tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, and drafting shareholder, operating and intercompany agreements. Follow him on Twitter @jhob.

Rochelle Nelson

Rochelle focuses her practice on commercial litigation and various aspects of employment law. She frequently works with employers and other attorneys in the cannabis industry to provide litigation and counseling services related to employment. She assists employers with claim representation, drafting employee handbooks, conducting on-site HR investigations, and providing advice and counsel on host of employment issues, including wage law, discrimination, protected leave requirements, non-compete agreements, and disability accommodations.

Danica Noble

Danica Noble launched NORML Women of Washington in 2011 and she is the current director. Danica Co-Chairs the Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section of the Washington State Bar Association and is also a cofounder the Cannabis Law Section. In 2014, Danica presented at TEDx Kamuela on women's role in ending prohibition.

Benjamin Pirie

Ben Pirie is a member of Lane Powell's Cannabis Team. He counsels cannabis businesses on a wide range of corporate and regulatory needs, and is passionate about building long-lasting relationships with clients as they reach toward their goals in one of the most dynamic and fraught industries in the world. Ben brings his experience as in-house counsel to a Fortune 1000 company to bear on Oregon's emerging cannabis industry, where he advises clients on contracts, entity formation and governance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance. In addition to advising clients, Ben is active in engaging with state and local governments in order to ensure common sense, business-friendly regulation of the marijuana industry.

Justin Tacy

Justin is a distinguished business leader with emphasis in start-up opportunities across mobile communications, consumer electronics, and information technology industries. Justin leveraged over 20 years of strategic planning, business development and marketing experience to establish Burnwell LLC, a lifestyle cannabis band anchored in a passion for earth conservation leveraging the latest high-tech cannabis growing methods. Burnwell, along with a network of strategic partnerships, are redefining what is possible for the cannabis market in the area of sustainability. Burnwell has been featured by Leafly, Dope Magazine, and Kind Tyme for the power of Burnwell's branding anchored in sustainability.


General Registration - $205.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $170.00

Cancellations and Refunds: 

On demand products are not eligible for cancellation or refund.