5th Annual Northwest Marijuana Conference

November 03, 2017 | 7.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits

With a focus this year on issues unique to Washington State but for the first time also bringing together a National Panel to discuss emerging trends in states new to this area of law and practice. The program will also feature a session on an Industry Perspective: Legal Perspective from the Viewpoint of a Client. With information on latest legal updates in Washington; I.P. issues and much more this is a must attend program.


This popular program returns with the most up-to-date information on important matters impacting the Cannabis Industry in Washington State, including employment issues, tax update, issues in I.P.; Food and Beverage Law; trends in litigation; etc.  New for this year will also be a session on the Industry Perspective: Legal Services from the Viewpoint of a Client panel.  This program will be rich in information, discussion and valuable perspectives to assist you in your practice.


8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Washington Marijuana Law 2017: Issues and Updates

Speaker: Joshua Ashby, Ashby Law Group

  • SB 5131: The Cannabis Omnibus Bill
  • Buying and Selling Cannabis Licensed Businesses
  • Out-of-State Investments into the Cannabis Industry

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Cannabis Tax Update-A Year of Changes?

Speaker: Dani Espinda (CPA), Rhodes & Associates280E Update

  • State Tax Update
  • Are your Clients Ready for an Audit?
  • Entity Structure-Should this be Revisited with Your Clients?
  • How do recent rules change how your clients operate their business?

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

2017 Cannabis Intellectual Property Updates

Speaker: Neil Juneja, Gleam Law

  • WSLCB Updates on Licensing and Consulting Agreements
  • Federal Law Updates on Trademark and Patent Eligibility

11:15 - 12:00 p.m.

Food & Beverage Law

Speaker: Anastasia Gilmartin, Ashby Law Group

  • Labelling Requirements
  • FDA and USDA Regulations
  • Future of Medical Marijuana

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (Sponsored)

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

National Panel (Webinar): Emerging Trends Among New States - Comparing Regulatory Regimes and Their Impact on Business Decisions

Speakers: Joshua Horn, Fox Rothschild LLP; Jennifer Benda, Fox Rothschild

  • Ownership restrictions
  • Vertical integration requirements vs. segmented models
  • State income taxes (whether 280E expenses are allowed for state income tax purposes for taxpayers, or only some)
  • Nonprofit vs for profit business models
  • Residency requirements and other restrictions on availability of capital

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Working in Cannabis

Speaker: Rochelle Nelson, Skellenger Bender

  • Who is an "Employee" under WAC 314-55
  • Independent Contractors and Consulting Companies
  • Hiring and Firing of Employees
  • Implementing and Enforcing Drug Policies

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Industry Perspective: Legal Services from the Viewpoint of a Client

Speakers: Nenad Yashruti, Root Sciences & Suspended Brands; Justin Tacy, Burnwell Cannabis Co.

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Trends in Cannabis Litigation

Speaker: Gavin Skok, Fox Rothschild LLP

  • Emerging theories in cannabis litigation
  • Litigating traditional tort and contract claims in the cannabis context
  • Complications posed by unique or novel aspects of the cannabis industry

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Cannabis and the First Amendment

Speaker: Danica Noble, Director of NORML Women of Washington

  • Freedom of Religion and Speech
  • Advertising and Commercial Speech
  • Lower Courts on Freedom of Press, Assembly, and the Right to Petition the Government

5:00 p.m.

 Evaluations and Adjourn


Joshua Ashby, Ashby Law Group

Dani Espinda (CPA), Rhodes & Associates

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.

Neil Juneja, Gleam Law

Anastasia Gilmartin, Ashby Law Group

Joshua Horn, Esq, Fox Rothschild LLP

Joshua is partner at Fox Rothschild LLP and serves as co-chair of both the Securities Industry practice and Cannabis Law practice. Horn understands the needs of businesses in the rapidly expanding and highly regulated market for legalized marijuana. He provides services and guidance to cannabis businesses in the areas of licensing, venture capital, taxation and other related fields. Horn also updates and informs clients on developments in marijuana law and business through Fox's Cannabis blog, "In the Weeds" and a weekly "National Survey on Marijuana Laws and Regulations."

Jennifer Benda, Fox Rothschild LLP

Jennifer is a tax attorney who spent a decade as a CPA before graduating from law school. Jennifer's tenure as a CPA, during which time she prepared tax returns for a wide range of clients, including everything from individuals to Fortune 500 companies, translates well to her current practice as a tax planner and advisor and tax controversy specialist. The tax issues facing the cannabis industry are a unique blend of accounting and tax law problems. Utilizing her experience, Jennifer's unique background allows her to counsel cannabis clients and all clients facing tax challenges in both the accounting and the legal issues they face. Jennifer regularly contributes to the Fox Rothschild's Tax Controversy Sentinel blog providing updates on general tax issues. Jennifer has a BS and MS in Accounting from Texas A&M University and received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Rochelle Nelson, Skellenger Bender

Nenad Yashruti, Root Sciences & Suspended Brands

Justin Tacy, Burnwell Cannabis Co.

Gavin Skok, Fox Rothschild LLP

Gavin is an experienced commercial litigator who represents regional and national companies as plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in the Northwest and across the country. He has litigated several cannabis-related cases and enjoys the challenge of evolving new legal theories and applying traditional legal concepts in a rapidly-advancing industry.

Danica Noble, Director of NORML Women of Washington

Danica Noble founded NORML Women of Washington in 2011 and she is the current director. Danica is also the Immediate Past-Chair of the Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section of the Washington State Bar Association. In 2014, Danica presented at TEDx Kamuela in Hawaii on women's role in ending prohibition.


$225           General Registration

$195            Seattle University School of Law Alumni

in-person and live webcast options available