Broadcast Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2023
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


The unceasingly evolving field of cannabis continues to bring complex regulatory challenges among businesses and legal practitioners. Although still illegal under federal law, several states and territories in the US have already legalized the use of cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes. In April 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. If passed by the Senate, the MORE Act would abolish criminal penalties for federal cannabis offenses, decriminalize cannabis at the federal level, and expunge past federal cannabis convictions.

Cannabis businesses and legal practitioners must keep themselves updated on any developments in this field to navigate the ever-changing regulatory paradigm of the cannabis market and avoid legal pitfalls.

Listen as experienced cannabis consultants and lawyers Whitney Hodges (Sheppard Mullin) and Shay Aaron Gilmore (The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore) provide the audience with a comprehensive discussion of the current regulatory developments in the cannabis industry as well as the surrounding issues that legal practitioners should be wary of. Speakers, among other things, will offer practical tips and strategies to navigate this rapidly evolving legal climate.

Key topics include:

  • Cannabis: Recent Regulatory Trends and Developments
  • Status of Cannabis Legalization Under State and Federal Laws
  • Common Challenges Faced by Legal Practitioners
  • Practical Tips to Navigate Complexities
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-Demand Webcast



General knowledge of corporate law/cannabis law


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Whitney Hodges, Partner
Firm’s Cannabis Industry Team Leader

Sheppard Mullin

Whitney Hodges is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego office. She is the leader of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Team and serves on the firm’s Pro Bono, Recruiting and Diversity & Inclusion committees, as well as numerous industry specific teams.  Whitney’s practice focuses on the representation of clients involved in real estate development and environmental compliance. Specific to cannabis operators and ancillary service providers, Whitney advises and represents through all phases of the regulatory process, including due diligence investigations, negotiating and drafting transactions agreements, processing land use entitlements, advising on environmental and natural resources law, and appearing before governmental agencies and commissions.

Shay Aaron Gilmore, Attorney-at-Law
Cannabis Industry Legal Advisor

The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore

A California lawyer for over 20 years, Shay Aaron Gilmore advises and counsels exclusively cannabis operators and investors throughout the legal supply chain in business transactional, corporate and regulatory matters. Focusing on mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate governance, and commercial contracts, Shay provides outside general counsel services to some of the most successful operators and investors in the cannabis industry. Shay is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Cannabis Bar Association and the Immediate Past Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis Law Section. Super Lawyers Magazine has rated Shay as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Business and Corporate Law and in Cannabis Law as well. The Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal has named Shay to its list of the Top 20 Cannabis Lawyers in California. Shay serves as a member of the San Francisco Cannabis Oversight Committee, reporting to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor of the City & County of San Francisco. Shay holds a B.A. in Economics from Rice University, and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.


Whitney HodgesPartner

Sheppard Mullin


Shay Aaron GilmoreAttorney-at-Law

The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore

  • Cannabis law remains at crossroads between federal criminalization and state legalization. Without some sort of federal regulatory oversight, this has led to legalization occurring on a state-by-state basis, creating a patchwork of potentially conflicting regulatory schemes.
  • As more states “come online” as it relates to legal cannabis operation, operational problems continue to mount. Forget comprehensively addressing the dichotomy between federal and state approaches, the federal government – in all three branches – has failed to even provide even an incremental panacea to ongoing issues. Instead, new issues, including potential violations of the U.S. Constitution, continue to plague the industry.
  • From taxes to banking, from company formation to permitting requirements, cannabis operators in today’s market need to be cognizant of the various pitfalls presently occupying the space.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Cannabis Lawyers
  • Regulatory Compliance Lawyers
  • Corporate Lawyers
  • Legal Counsel
  • Cannabis Business Owners
  • Regulatory Compliance Managers
  • Operations Executives
  • General Counsel
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Whitney HodgesPartner
Firm’s Cannabis Industry Team Leader
Sheppard Mullin
Shay Aaron GilmoreAttorney-at-Law
Cannabis Industry Legal Advisor
The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore



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