Attend The First Ever Tribal Marijuana Conference


Hilary Bricken (2014 co-Weed Blog attorney of the year winner) and the other fantastic folks at the Canna Law Group have been putting on some amazing legal conferences. But I think they are about to put on quite possibly the most fantastic, and possibly most significant, legal marijuana conference to date later this month. The Obama administration recently announced that they would allow Native American tribes to cultivate and sell marijuana on tribal lands if the tribes desire to do so. This is very significant, given the number of tribes in America, and the fact that many of them are located in states that have no form of legal marijuana (recreational or medical).

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The Canna Law Group is putting on a legal conference specifically for this new area of public policy. Below are the details. If tribal marijuana is something you want to learn more about, I strongly urge you to attend:

About the Conference and Who Should Attend

Indian tribal governments are considering whether to legalize marijuana for medicinal, agricultural, or recreational use.

The potential legalization of commercial marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution in Indian tribal jurisdictions raises complex business, legal and social questions. Odawi Law, PLLC, and Harris Moure, PLLC, through its Canna Law Group, are co-hosting the Tribal Marijuana Conference on February 27, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington State. This conference will address the various issues swirling around legalization on tribal lands.

The Tribal Marijuana Conference will be geared towards the following:

  • Tribal government officials interested in generating new government revenues and addressing substance abuse in their territories
  • Tribal business executives and Indian entrepreneurs looking to initiate new tribal businesses
  • Tribal health and social work professionals concerned with the social effects of legalization
  • Tribal law enforcement personnel with concerns about criminal law enforcement
  • Non-Indian owned marijuana businesses looking to expand into Indian Country
  • Ancillary service and product providers looking to work with tribes

About the Co-Sponsors

Odawi Law, PLLC:

Robert Odawi Porter is one of the leading attorneys in the United States regarding the protection and expansion of American Indian tribal government sovereignty and treaty rights. His unique background as an in-house tribal attorney, a tribal business executive, and an elected president of the Seneca Nation of Indians, as well as serving as a tenured professor of Indian law at three national universities, gives him an unparalleled experience platform to assist his tribal clients in seizing opportunities and resolving complex issues at the intersection of law, politics, business, and social policy. As the legalization of marijuana continues throughout the United States, Rob will assist tribal officials and others in attendance to achieve a better understanding of the legal, political and social policy issues associated with marijuana legalization to help guide decision-making on the issue in Indian Country.

Harris Moure, PLLC:

Hilary Bricken is one of the premier cannabis business attorneys in the United States. She helps cannabis companies of all sizes with their cannabis related legal issues, ranging from corporate structures and intellectual property protection to branding, licensing, and application of cannabis laws. She worked extensively with lobbyists and the Liquor Control Board on I-502 implementation, Washington's recreational cannabis law. In 2013, based on her work in the marijuana industry, The Puget Sound Business Journal named Hilary one of seven Deal Makers of the Year and DOPE Magazine named her its Marijuana Industry Attorney of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. In 2014, Hilary was named a "Rising Star" and a "Top Rising Star of Washington Women Attorneys" by Super Lawyers Magazine and she is also listed by Cannabis Businesse Executive Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Cannabis Industry. Hilary sits on the board of the National Cannabis Industry Association and she frequently testifies before state and federal government bodies regarding cannabis regulations.

Robert McVay provides domestic and international clients with the business law advice they need to plan, protect, and expand their cannabis businesses. He works closely with companies and entrepreneurs at every stage of development to assess their legal needs and to pursue their long-term goals. Robert has assisted countless clients with corporate formation, complex corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property protection. He also has extensive experience working with banks and credit unions in setting up cannabis banking programs. He is a frequent speaker and writer on the finance law side of the cannabis business. Robert graduated, cum laude, from Georgetown Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Law.

Conference Agenda:

8:30 am:  Introduction and Opening Remarks: Marijuana, Tribal Sovereignty, and Finding the Best Path Forward for Indian Country


  • Robert Odawi Porter

9:00 am:  Federal Law and Policy Regulating Marijuana Possession and Use


  • Douglas A. Berman, Professor of Law, Ohio State University
  • Sal Mungia, Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Seattle, Washington

10:00 am:  State Laws Regulating Marijuana Possession and Usage

Full Legalization in Washington and Colorado:

1.     Current laws and regulations
2.     Tax structure
3.     Intersection with medical marijuana
4.     Regulatory and legislative updates
5.     Outlook for Oregon and Alaska


  • Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney, Seattle, Washington
  • Thomas Carr, Boulder City Attorney, Boulder, Colorado

11:00 am:  Medical Marijuana in Washington, Nevada, and California

1.     History of medical marijuana legislation
2.     Development of medical marijuana marketplace
3.     Current legal and regulatory issues with medical marijuana industry
4.     Proposed legislative fixes on the horizon


  • Sean O'Connor, Assistant Dean for Law, Business & Technology Initiatives, Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
  • Amanda Reiman, Manager, Marijuana Law and Policy at Drug Policy Alliance
  • Senator Tick Segerblom, Nevada Senate, District 3

12:30 pm:  Lunch and Keynote Speaker: "The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Legalization"


  • Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California Los Angeles
  • Jacob Sullum, Senior editor at Reason magazine and and a nationally syndicated columnist

2:00 pm:  The Jurisdictional Analysis of Marijuana Regulation in Indian Country


  • Robert Odawi Porter

3:00 pm:  Break

3:15 pm: Social, Political, and Cultural Ramifications of Marijuana Legalization


  • Les Parks, Vice-Chairman of the Tulalip Tribes
  • Henry Cagey, Council Member and former Chairman of the Lummi Nation
  • Troy Eid, Chairman of the United States Indian Law and Order Commission and former U.S. Attorney for the State of Colorado
  • Mark Cooke, Policy Counsel, ACLU of Washington, Seattle, Washington

4:15 pm:  Business Development Considerations

1.     Corporate structures
2.     Banking
3.     Federal and State Taxes
4.     Contracts
5.     Intellectual property protections


  • Hilary Bricken,Harris Moure, PLLC, Seattle, Washington
  • Robert McVay, Harris Moure, PLLC, Seattle, Washington

5:15 pm: Concluding Remarks


  • Robert Odawi Porter

5:30 pm:  Reception. The reception will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tulalip Resort Casino.

Resort Accommodations:

The Tulalip Resort Casino has set aside a limited number of discounted rooms for Conference attendees, for the nights of February 26th and 27th. To take advantage of this Conference discount, please contact the Resort directly via phone at 1-866-716-7162 on or before February 6, 2015, and mention you are attending the  "Tribal Marijuana Conference."