Broadcast Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)


The regulatory landscape for the cannabis industry continues to evolve as it reaches new heights both in the U.S. and Canada.

Although the current conflicts between state and federal laws in the U.S. pose significant challenges to stakeholders, recent laws – particularly the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 – are expected to drive robust cannabis reform. Meanwhile, cannabis players in Canada are preparing to expand in the edibles business as the country sets for the second wave of cannabis legalization which will include cannabis-infused products.

In this LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of recent legislative developments relevant to the U.S. and Canadian cannabis industries. Speakers will also offer the best compliance practices in light of the current and emerging regulatory issues.

Key topics include:

  • Cannabis Industry in the U.S. and Canada: Comparative Analysis
  • Legislative Developments
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Best Compliance Practices
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of cannabis legalization


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

John W. Fraser, Associate Attorney
Grewal Law PLLC

John Fraser is an Associate Attorney at Grewal Law PLLC and leads the firm’s Cannabis Law division. His practice focuses on cannabis law, sexual abuse litigation, criminal defense, and appellate law. John serves as the Chair-Elect for the Marijuana Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and as an adjunct professor of law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he teaches Marijuana Law. John graduated from Michigan State University College of Law, summa cum laude, with a 4.0 GPA, ranked first in his class.

John’s practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs seeking to operate marijuana-related businesses. John is an experienced advocate for medical marijuana patients. His knowledge of Michigan’s marijuana laws and courtroom skills have allowed him to influence the interpretation of Michigan law and secure favorable results for his clients. John is regularly invited to present on marijuana law topics to attorneys and the community.

Jessica Smith West, Associate
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Jessica Smith West is an Associate in the Health Care group at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, cum laude, from the University of Florida in 2008 and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2012.  Jessica focuses her practice on the representation of a variety of health care clients including physicians, group practices, hospitals, academic medical centers, health care clinics, and other health care providers regarding matters related licensure, certification, transactions, compliance with state and federal law referral laws and anti-kickback laws, the Stark Law, fraud and abuse, HIPAA and contractual arrangements.  Jessica also advises clients on emerging areas of health law, including the evolving area of cannabis law, and assists clients with preparing and updating policies and procedures, licensure applications, contract negotiations and analyzing potential business and employment arrangements.

Amanda Branch, Associate
Bereskin & Parr LLP

Amanda Branch is an associate at Bereskin & Parr LLP and a member of the firm’s Cannabis practice group.

Amanda has extensive experience in regulatory, marketing and advertising and privacy law. Amanda reviews advertising and claim substantiation for clients in a variety of industry sectors from pre-packaged consumer goods to regulated products such as cannabis, food, medical devices and cosmetics. She has represented clients in competitive trade disputes before Ad Standards and advises clients on promotion and contest design. She provides advice to clients on federal and provincial privacy legislation for the private sector, including Canada’s anti-spam law and the drafting of consumer facing privacy policies and terms of use.

She is a frequent writer on privacy, regulatory, advertising and marketing law, and how it relates to the cannabis industry.



John W. FraserAssociate Attorney

Grewal Law PLLC

  • Overview of Michigan Cannabis Business Regulation and Licensing
  • Michigan Cannabis Business Licensing Update
  • Interplays between Michigan’s Medical Marijuana and Adult-Use Business Licensing Systems
  • Municipalities’ Roles in Michigan Cannabis Business Licensing


Jessica Smith WestAssociate

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

  • The Current state and impact of Cannabis Legalization on the USA at the federal level
  • FDA and Cannabis Research Regulation
  • Current Issues with Medical Marijuana in Florida


Amanda BranchAssociate

Bereskin & Parr LLP

  • Overview of promotional activities under Cannabis Act
    • Specific prohibited/permitted promotions
  • Recent updates to the Cannabis Act
    • Introduction of edibles
    • Modifications to permitted promotions

Date & Time:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Cannabis Law Attorneys
  • Cannabis Business Owners
  • Regulatory and Policy Managers
  • Legal and Compliance Executives
  • Healthcare Service Providers


John W. FraserAssociate Attorney
Grewal Law PLLC
Jessica Smith WestAssociate
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Amanda BranchAssociate
Bereskin & Parr LLP



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