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Blazing Trails:  The Future of Cannabis in a Changing Legal Landscape

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September 18, 2024 1:00 pm EST | Part of our


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Live online CLE webinar experience
by Alta Pro Lawyers Risk Purchasing Group

60 Minutes | 1.0 Regular Credit
September 18, 2024 1:00 pm EST

Location: Zoom webinar

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The webinar is free to persons in our program states, otherwise you may have to pay a small attendance fee (~$2) to your state

About the presentation

The laws, regulations and public attitudes on cannabis are changing so rapidly it’s hard to keep up.

Consider: in 2021, a sweeping draft bill titled the ‘‘Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act” was introduced in the US Senate. For the first time in history, leaders in the Senate have proposed legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and effectively end federal prohibition. The bill would, among other things, remove cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances, impact a range of federal agencies from the National Forest Service to the Federal Aviation Authority, and provide for expungement of certain marijuana offenses.

Although the ultimate fate of the bill is unclear, its mere existence marks a sea change in cannabis law.

For lawyers, this poses a number of challenges:

  1. Understanding the laws of their state – which may differ significantly from those ofneighboring states – in order to represent their clients competently.
  2. Understanding the interplay between federal laws and those in their respective states.
  3. Navigating the emerging ethical considerations of cannabis law.
  4. Assessing the risks and opportunities for their own law practice.
  5. Keeping up with changes in the law, which is evolving at light speed.

Cannabis issues touch on every area of legal practice, from criminal defense to zoning law. Having at least a basic grasp of the key issues is essential.

You DO NOT want to miss this CLE webinar.
* CLE credit pending

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About the presenter, Lisa Pittman

Attorney - Cannabis Business & Litigation - Mediator - Public Speaker

Lisa Pittman is a pioneering figure in the emerging legalized hemp/cannabis industry. She is the chair of the American Bar Association’s Cannabis Law & Policy Committee and a non-resident fellow of the Drug Policy Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Ms. Pittman presented the American Bar Association’s first marijuana law CLE at its annual meeting in New York City in 2017. She is an appointee to the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Council.

Her work has earned her the title “The First Lady of Texas Cannabis Law.”

From her participation in the nascent cannabis industry, Ms. Pittman has represented a broad range of clients from investors to ancillary service and product providers to “plant touching” companies — farmers, processors, manufacturers, laboratories, distributors, and retailers. Some of these clients have now expanded into other countries. In pursuit of becoming an authority in this area, she spent two years in Colorado, and she understands the many challenges facing marijuana and hemp businesses, such as tax, banking, insurance, and regulatory compliance issues, and she has grown a vast network of experts to assist in these areas. Ms. Pittman keeps abreast of the constantly evolving laws, news, and deals occurring in the cannabis industry internationally on a daily basis.

From her extensive experience in breach of contract in litigation, Ms. Pittman is adept at negotiation and contract drafting, and her broad base of knowledge in many legal areas gained from her litigation experience allows her to give comprehensive business and legal advice to clients in the cannabis industries, including investment and growth strategies, and risk management and mitigation to avoid civil litigation, criminal prosecution, or regulatory violations. She has assisted marijuana and hemp license applicants in multiple states across the country, including guiding Louisiana State University through its rollout of Louisiana’s medical marijuana program.

Ms. Pittman is also a certified mediator and arbitrator.

Among her awards and honors: Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers 2021-2022; Texas Lawyer Trailblazer Award, 2020; National Law Journal Trailblazer Award – Cannabis Law, 2020; Leadership Austin, Class of 2017; Austin Bar Association Leadership Academy Class of 2016; American Bar Association Leadership Academy Class of 2015.

She is a board member and managing editor of the Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal. She is a member of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association, the Texas Bar Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Austin Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the International Cannabis Bar Association, Amicus Committee, and the National Cannabis Industry Association, Hemp Committee.

Jay Reeves is the Risk Pro for Alta Pro Insurance Services. He practiced law in South Carolina and North Carolina for nearly 40 years, both in private practice and in-house (as corporate VP/Risk Manager for Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina). He concentrated in representing attorneys in ethics, licensing and disciplinary cases. He was Vice-President of Bar Cares of North Carolina. He has given numerous CLE presentations to lawyers and bar groups in the US and Canada. He is founder and owner of Your Law Life LLC, which helps attorneys add purpose, professionalism and peace of mind to their Law Lives.

Webinar time: September 18, 2024 1:00 pm EST

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Credit Hours



August 28, 2024 1:00 pm EST

60 Minutes :

1.0 Regular Credit

Colleen L. Byers

Colleen Byers Mediation, LLC

September 18, 2024 1:00 pm EST

60 Minutes :

1.0 Regular Credit

Lisa Pittman

Pittman Legal

October 2, 2024 1:00 pm EST

60 Minutes :

1.0 Regular Credit

Colleen L. Byers

Colleen Byers Mediation, LLC

November 6, 2024 1:00 pm EST

60 Minutes :

1.0 Regular Credit

Colleen L. Byers

Colleen Byers Mediation, LLC

December 11, 2024 1:00 pm EST

60 Minutes :

1.0 Ethics Credit

Colleen L. Byers

Colleen Byers Mediation, LLC

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