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Thompson Coburn hosts Legal Considerations for Cannabis Companies seminar

December 14, 2018

On Wednesday, December 5, Thompson Coburn hosted a half-day seminar, “Legal Considerations for Cannabis Companies,” in our St. Louis office. More than 70 business owners, investors, potential cultivators and dispensaries attended the breakfast seminar, which was put together by Carl Rowley and Joe Kellmeyer.

Covering a number of legal considerations that cannabis-related companies need to consider with the recent passing of Missouri’s Amendment 2 legalizing the sale and use of medical marijuana, the seminar featured 11 presentations on various areas of the law. Also included was a small presentation from John Payne, campaign manager of New Approach Missouri, the group that sponsored Amendment 2 on the November 6 ballot. 

Speakers and presentations included:

  • Carl Rowley - The conflict between state and federal law, as well as examining litigation cases against medical cannabis companies in other jurisdictions
  • B.I. Middleton - Missouri licenses for businesses to cultivate, manufacture and dispense medical cannabis and medical cannabis products
  • Greg Mennerick - What people need to know about forming companies in the cannabis industry – LLCs vs. corporations and more
  • Gayle Smith - Real estate considerations – what companies need to know when leasing and acquiring real estate for their cannabis business
  • Greg Omer - A banking update – where the law stands 
  • Michael Rosenblum – Investing – what to know about investing in the cannabis industry and capital-raising transactions
  • Jennifer Visintine -  Branding your bud – trademarks in the cannabis industry
  • Wil Holtz – Patent protection in for cannabis companies
  • Ben Grove - An update from D.C. – what companies need to know about the status of medical cannabis at a federal level
  • Matt Darrough - Insurance for participants in the cannabis industry
  • Carl Rowley - An examination of litigation cases against medical cannabis companies

The recorded presentation – separated into Parts 1 and 2 – is available for viewing, below.