Press Release: Cannabis Law Sessions at MJBizCon 2023

Cannabis Law Sessions at MJBizCon 2023: 

Elevating Cannabis Legal Expertise on the Global Stage

Las Vegas, Nevada – The International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) is proud to present the highly anticipated Cannabis Law Sessions, a series of expert-led sessions taking place at MJBizCon in just two weeks. This premier event is co-chaired by Jessica McElfresh, INCBA VP of Legal Education and Founder and Principal of McElfresh Law, Inc.; Steve Schain, Of Counsel, Smart Counsel; Corinne Celko, Managing Shareholder, Emerge Law Group; and Rachel Wright, MST, CPA, ABFinWright LLP. The sessions are set to bring together some of the brightest legal minds, industry leaders, and innovative thinkers in the cannabis sector, creating a platform for invaluable knowledge-sharing and networking. The Cannabis Law Sessions: Building Your Team will take place at MJBizCon from 8:00 am – 5:10 pm on Tuesday, November 28th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Attendees can earn six hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and insights from over 30 speakers in law, banking, human resources, security, tax, receiverships, branding, intellectual property, legalization policy, ethics, and more in a diverse array of sessions featuring top industry experts and thought leaders. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics, from the perspective of not only lawyers, but the wide range of professionals that are integral to a successful cannabis operator’s team. The Cannabis Law Sessions are expected to attract legal professionals, entrepreneurs, and cannabis enthusiasts alike.

Shahiedah Shabazz, Executive Director of the International Cannabis Bar Association expressed her excitement about hosting the Cannabis Law Sessions at MJBizCon: “This year, the Cannabis Law Sessions at MJBizCon will do something that is not usually done at legal conferences: we are bringing non-lawyer experts to the table and jointly presenting on the most important issues that a cannabis business is facing today. This year’s program is all about collaboration, and I am excited to experience the intersection of cannabis law with all of the other industries represented in our program. INCBA is committed to advancing the field of cannabis law and sharing our collective knowledge, and I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible event.”

The Cannabis Law Sessions at MJBizCon will feature a lineup of prestigious speakers from a diverse array of organizations and jurisdictions, including:

  • Nicole Howell, Partner, Clark Howell LLP
  • Cat Packer, Director of Drug Markets & Legal Regulation, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Chelsie Spencer, Managing Attorney, Ritter Spencer Cheng PLLC
  • Jason Rosell, Partner, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
  • Ashley Picillo, CEO, Point Seven Group
  • Dotan Y. Melech, B.S.E, E.M.B.A, CEO, CTrust, LLC
  • Khurshid Khoja, Founder, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
  • Jeffrey David, Shareholder, Call & Jensen
  • Sasha Elkins, President, DopeHR
  • Joshua Irwin Schiller, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
  • Annie Stoops, Associate, ArentFox Schiff LLP
  • Matt Best, Co-Founder | Managing Partner, Joywave Consulting, LLC
  • Paula Collins, Attorney, Law Office of Paula Collins, PLLC
  • Neil Juneja, Managing Partner, Gleam Law, PLLC
  • Karen Meshkov, Founder and CEO, KMesh Cann LLC
  • Jerome Crawford, Chief Legal Officer, Pleasantrees Cannabis Company
  • Samantha Gleit, Partner, Feuerstein Kulick LLP
  • Lilach Mazor Power, Founder & CEO, Mazor Collective
  • Terry Blevins, CEO and Lead Security Consultant, Armaplex Cannabis Security
  • Amanda Conley, Founder, Conley Law
  • Alicia Ashcraft, Managing Partner, Ashcraft & Barr | LLP
  • Jason Horst, Managing Partner, Horst Legal Counsel, PC
  • Peter Su, CTP, CCBP, CCCE, GRCP, GRCA, IDPP, ACBP, CBE, Director of Specialty Banking, Hanover Bank
  • Shane Pennington, Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
  • Habib Bentaleb, Partner, Ragghianti Freitas LLP
  • Mr. Robert Martin Tobiassen, J.D., LLM Taxation, Principal, Tobiassen Consulting + Solutions LLC
  • Daniel Sheahan Miggins, Vice President, Hilco Global
  • Sundie Seefried, CEO | President, Safe Harbor Financial

Throughout the event, participants can look forward to engaging panel discussions on crucial subjects like:

  • “Protect Your Assets – Success in Cannabis Staffing, Compliance, Branding, and IP”
  • “Crafting a Winning License Application”
  • “Breaking Ground: The Potential Federal Rescheduling of Cannabis”
  • “Protecting Privilege in the Huddle: Kovel and Related Attorney-Client Privilege Doctrines”
  • “Cannabis Banking, Lending, the Safer Banking Act, and Distressed Workouts”

These sessions aim to equip attendees with practical insights and strategic approaches to successfully navigate the complex legal framework of the cannabis industry.

For registration and additional details, please visit the official Cannabis Law Sessions website:

About the International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA): The International Cannabis Bar Association is a global network of legal professionals dedicated to the practice, study, and research of cannabis law. With members from around the world, INCBA strives to advance cannabis law and policy through education, networking, and advocacy. Learn more about INCBA at [].

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