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Updated: Jan. 25, 2023

Liquor, Cannabis & Psychedelics Law Section

The Liquor, Cannabis, and Psychedelics Law Section works to connect, inform, guide, and support practitioners in this fast-growing and highly technical area of law. The Section is comprised of a network of highly skilled practitioners working together to interpret the rules and regulations in order to further best practices guidelines for this growing industry.

The Section provides benefits to members by providing networking and education opportunities to attorneys who practice in, or are interested in, cannabis law. The Section serves as a repository of information to guide practitioners through this highly technical area of law, provides advice to the Bar, as requested, on proposed legislation, court rules, and other matters, and provides resources and education to legislators and regulators. 

Annual Report  │   Bylaws Year in Review  │  Budget  │  Members Only

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Our Section Is Expanding!

Thank you to those members who completed the survey sent out in October. Your responses were overwhelmingly in support of expanding the section scope. I have included at the bottom of this email the responses we received. Based on such responses, the Section Executive Committee approved amended bylaws that expanded the section scope to include liquor law and psychedelics law. On Saturday, the section proposed such amended bylaws to the Board of Governors, who approved the proposal, including our request for a new section name. The Cannabis Law Section is now the Liquor, Cannabis, and Psychedelics Law Section. The executive committee is already working on a slew of valuable programming involving these three core practice areas.

Although the members largely supported this expansion, it is clear from the minority of survey responses that some practitioners would prefer that the section remain cannabis-specific. I want to reassure you that the section remains committed to cannabis law and the needs of cannabis law practitioners. We believe this is a positive move forward for the section and we look forward to providing engaging and valuable resources to the members in all three areas of law.

ANSWER CHOICESRESPONSES
No, the Cannabis Law Section should limit its subject matter to Cannabis related topics 10.53%; 2 votes
Yes, the Cannabis Law Section should broaden its subject matter to include psychedelic law 21.05%; 4 votes
Yes, the Cannabis Law Section should broaden its subject matter to include alcoholic beverage law 0.00%; 0 votes
Yes, the Cannabis Law Section should broaden its subject matter to include both psychedelic law and alcoholic beverage law 68.42%; 13 votes
TOTAL 19 votes

Executive Committee

Chair: Alexis Hartwell-Gobeske (2022-2024)

Secretary: Emmelyn Hart (2022-2024)

Treasurer: Heather Wolf (2022-2024)

Immediate Past Chair: Sativa Rasmussen (2022-2024)

At-Large Member: Joshua Ashby (2022-2024)

At-Large Member:  Christopher Bueter (2022-2024)

At-Large Member: Anastasia Gilmartin (2022-2024)

At-Large Member: Peter Becker (2022-2024)

At-Large Member: Brenda George (2022-2024)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Erik Kaeding (2022-2023) and Mary Rathbone (2022-2023)

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Lane Conrad (2022-2024)

*Nonvoting member

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