Cannabis Law and Policy

This course was recorded on September 14, 2016

After two years of the first cannabis retailer in Washington opening to the public, and with two legislative sessions with numerous changes, the cannabis industry is in full swing. Presently, the industry exceeds $1 billions in sales. The purpose of this seminar is to review this growing industry, from its start, through the passage of I-502 to SB5052 and HB2136.

The speaker will cover the state versus federal law conflict, current regulations under the States' Liquor and Cannabis Boards, and the current challenges of adapting current law practice to cannabis in areas of business law, real property, tax, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and employment law.



  • Speaker PicRoger Goodman
    Roger Goodman is a nationally-recognized drug policy reformer and has worked for more than a decade on cannabis policy issues. His practice focuses on business development and government relations for clients in the new highly-regulated cannabis industry. Roger is admitted to the bar in Washington State and Rhode Island, the First and Ninth Federal Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He received an A.B. as a Senior Fellow from Dartmouth College; his J.D. from the George Washington University; and an M.P.A. from Harvard University. A criminal justice expert, Roger is also a state legislator, currently serving his fifth term in the Washington State House from the 45th District, which includes the Seattle suburbs of Kirkland and Redmond. Roger is Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, with oversight of the criminal justice system. He is also a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee. Roger previously served as Director of Washington’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission, and also served in the 1980s and 1990s as Legislative Director, Counsel and Chief of Staff for two senior Democratic Members of the U.S. Congress.

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    Speaker PicNeil K. Juneja
    Neil Juneja is the founder of Gleam Law, a cannabis-focused law firm with offices in Washington and Oregon and is a licensed patent attorney. In addition, Neil have 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 in front of 150,000 people. 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.

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    1. Federal Law Context
    2. Washington State Marijuana Laws
    3. Working with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
    4. Hemp
    5. Legal practice in the marijuana industry