Cannabis Conference - 2020

Cannabis Conference - 2020
Presented by the Cannabis Law Section


California Cannabis in the Time of COVID-19

 Date  Tuesday, November 17, 2020
 MCLE Registration  8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
 Program  9:00 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
 MCLE  3 Hours 

The BASF Cannabis Conference provides attorneys an opportunity to enhance their practical skills in the rapidly-evolving cannabis space; offers attorneys the chance to learn about the cannabis industry and movement; and provides attorneys the chance to build connections and a strong bar for San Francisco.

During this half-day event:
  • Attendees will strengthen their skills to practice, and their knowledge of, cannabis law.
  • Leading attorneys, regulators, and operators will give valuable insight about the current state of legal cannabis in California.
  • BASF members can learn about San Francisco’s Cannabis Equity Program from the office administering it.

Opening Remarks
Shay Aaron Gilmore, The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore
BASF Cannabis Law Section Chair

Session I - San Francisco Cannabis Equity Program
SFOOC Director Marisa Rodriguez will headline an extended interview of her office on San Francisco’s Cannabis Equity Program.

Nicole Howell, Clark Howell LLP


Marisa Rodriguez, San Francisco Office of Cannabis 
Eugene Hillsman, San Francisco Office of Cannabis
Jeremy Schwartz, San Francisco Office of Cannabis  
Nikesh Patel, San Francisco Office of Cannabis

Session II - All of the “Hot Topics” in Cannabis
From a cross-section of the industry, panelists will tackle the cannabis law issues of the day, from COVID-19 to recent state legalizations.

Jeff Hamilton, Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Harry Berezin, Bloom Farms  
Maximillian Mikalonis, K Street Consulting
Lara DeCaro, Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick, LLP

Session III - California Cannabis Enforcement
This panel will look at recent developments with enforcement actions against operators in California and will address regulator perspective.


Shay Aaron Gilmore, The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore


Lindsay Herrick, California Department of Food & Agriculture
Nicole Elliott, Senior Advisor on Cannabis to Governor Newsom

Closing Remarks
BASF Cannabis Law Section Executive Committee Members

Supporting Sponsor:
Sacramento County Bar Association

For sponsorship opportunities, e-mail

For a printable flyer, click here.

Registrants' access to this program will be available here on the day of the event.

Event Code: G202401


 $35 BASF Cannabis Section Members
 $50 BASF Members
 $75 Non Members

To receive MCLE credit, you must sign in during the designated MCLE registration period. This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. BASF is a certified provider: Provider #103

Special Requests
People with disabilities should contact BASF regarding reasonable accommodations at

11/17/2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Virtual San Francisco, CA

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