Thursday, May 25, 2017

National Cannabis Bar Association To Host Cannabis Law Institute

The Cannabis Law Institute to be held on July 28-29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado

The National Cannabis Bar Association was formed in 2015 by a group of lawyers who saw a need to educate and connect with other cannabis industry lawyers for the purpose of providing excellent, ethical, and advanced legal assistance to this growing industry. The Cannabis Law Institute, the seminal two-day cannabis industry legal education event produced by the National Cannabis Bar Association and co-sponsored by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will be held on July 28-29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.

This event will convene the best minds and visionaries working in the legal cannabis industry for two days of legal education and two intimate evening networking events. The conference will feature many of the nation’s leading attorneys, academics, and politicians.

The conference offers multiple tracks for practitioners, academics, and policy advocates. Courses range from introductory to advanced and include relevant information from Canadian attorneys.

Presenters include:
The opening keynote led by Tick Segerblom, Nevada state senator who played a crucial role in the state’s cannabis legalization initiatives.

Senator Tick Segerblom is the author of Nevada's Medical Marijuana law, SB 374, which was adopted by the 2013 legislature.  He served as Co-Chair Nevada's recreational marijuana initiative - Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol - which passed in November, 2016, with 55% of the vote.  As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee he is pushing Nevada forward in all areas of cannabis legislation.
 Segerblom, a fourth generation Nevada legislator, has served in the State Senate since 2012 and previously served in the State Assembly from 2006 to 2012.  He served in the White House under President Carter and was State Chair of the Nevada Democratic Party from 1990-94.
 In his private practice Senator Segerblom represents employees and unions and has been recognized as one of Nevada's top employment lawyers since 1993.  He graduated from Pomona College in 1971 and received his law degree from the University of Denver in 1975.  He is a member of the Nevada, Colorado and California bars.
Vardaman.jpgOn the second day of the Institute, John Vardaman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Hypur, Inc., will discuss money laundering and banking issues in the cannabis industry. John was instrumental in devising federal policy for enforcing Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) laws while working at the Department of the Treasury and then at the Department of Justice. He also was involved in drafting the  DOJ guidance regarding financial crimes related to state legalization of marijuana, one of the few policies on the enforcement of federal law with respect to marijuana-related businesses. John was also instrumental in devising DOJ policy regarding the enforcement of laws governing the structuring of financial transactions.
Other presenters and session include:
Henry Wykowski, the lead attorney on the Harborside Health Center civil forfeiture case and one of the foremost business and tax attorneys in the country serving the cannabis industry, will be in conversation with Lara DeCaro discussing emerging issues in cannabis law.
Matt Houtsma of the IRS will keynote the lunch hour at the Cannabis Law Institute.
Two different sessions covering the Western US and the Eastern US:
Attorneys from around the country will discuss the status cannabis laws, both adult use and medical, in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, California--the West. Mitzi Vaughn, Kimberly Simms, and Leland Berger will cover the West.
The East is represented by Jeffrey McCourt, Dina Rollman, and Jason Klein.  Attorneys should attend these sessions to get a robust overview of the status of the laws in each state and a comparative view of the states.


The National Cannabis Bar Association is a non-partisan, non-profit organization formed in 2015 by a group of U.S. lawyers who saw a need to educate and connect with other cannabis industry attorneys for the purpose of providing excellent, ethical, and in advanced legal assistance to this growing industry. Our primary objectives are to educate and build community among lawyers serving the cannabis industry and to assist them in identifying the ethical guidelines that dictate their practices and business dealings within the industry. You can read more about the organization at

Full schedule of events and presentations located here:

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Check their website regularly or their Facebook page for updates on the schedule or contact us directly at for more information about this program. Register early for substantial savings. Admission includes lunch and reception on Friday, and breakfast and lunch plus a reception on Saturday.

*CLE credits available in California, Colorado, and New York. *Contact us for information on other jurisdictions.*