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February 2, 2018

Executive Training: The Essentials for Cannabis Businesses


On January 1st, 2018, legalized recreational marijuana use in California became reality. Along with this came new laws, new regulatory bodies, and many new regulations to govern the new industry. But, on January 4, the U.S. Attorney General rescinded the Cole memo, signaling a return to full enforcement of federal drug laws related to marijuana. Registration is online.

This McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy executive training will cover the essential knowledge participants will need to start a cannabis business in this environment of chronic uncertainty. Instructors will explain the interplay between federal and state laws and regulations, California’s regulatory structure governing the adult use market, the risks of entering the industry, and give an overview of insurance products and key coverages businesses in the industry need.

Intended audience includes community members and non-lawyer professionals interested in the new adult recreational cannabis industry, students, and attorneys.


  • Ariana Van Alstine, Associate, Kennaday Leavitt Owensby PC
  • Hanspeter Walter Shareholder, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard
  • Michael Aberle, Senior Vice President, Next Wave Insurance Services
  • Francis J. Mootz III, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law
  • Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law

Date and Time

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Registration — 8:30 a.m. (with breakfast buffet)
Training — 9 a.m. to noon


McGeorge School of Law | Classroom C

Class Fee

  • $50 — General admission
  • $25 — Alumni and Government or Non-profit Employees
  • Free — Current Students and Prospective Students


Register online


For questions about accessibility or reasonable accommodations, please contact us at or 916.739.7138.


The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. This program has been approved for 3 hours of MCLE credit. McGeorge School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of The State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.