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Cannabis Law Update 2023 (Growing Pains Edition)

Total Credits: 3 CLE, 1 Ethics

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Business & Commercial Law |  Criminal Litigation |  Miscellaneous |  Real Property
Gary M Smith |  Janet E Jackim |  Thomas W Dean
Original Program Date:
Jun 14, 2023


from the 2023 Annual State Bar Convention

The Arizona Cannabis Bar Association provides its annual updates of industry data, case law and regulatory changes. This year we have an exciting panel from a variety of perspectives, including public and private. The industry’s march toward consolidation, and portents of federal changes afoot, have brought the industry to late adolescence. The effects are showing, as 26 social equity license holders and at least six fresh medical licenses struggle to find their footing in the ecosystem.

What You’ll Learn:

1. Industry updates

2. Legal updates

3. Perspectives from industry counsel, including private practice, in house, an Assistant Attorney General, and counsel to a bankruptcy trustee

Presented by: Arizona Cannabis Bar Association



Gary M Smith Related Seminars and Products

Guidant Law PLC

is an AV Preeminent-rated™ commercial litigation attorney, is a founding partner of Guidant PLC, and is a mediator/arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. During his 25+ years in practice, Mr. Smith has represented an assortment of clients in State and Federal courts, administrative hearings, and arbitrations. He has also authored two legal treatises on construction law. Since 2010, Mr. Smith has represented a variety of cannabis industry participants, is a Founding Director and current President of the Cannabis Bar Association and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of cannabis issues. In 2019, he was amici counsel before the Arizona Supreme Court on behalf of the former director of the Arizona Department of Health Services in State v. Jones, a case that restored cannabis contracts to legal status in Arizona. Mr. Smith is an advocate of alternative dispute resolution for the cannabis industry, has taught ADR classes for the American Arbitration Association, and has registered the trademarks: Weediation and Weediator to advertise his ADR services. Gary can be contacted at

Janet E Jackim Related Seminars and Products



, who received the AV-Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, focuses on real estate acquisitions and leasing; equity and debt financing; loan workouts; and cannabis acquisitions, dispositions, and other transactions. Ms. Jackim supplements her legal insight with advanced technical, operational and financial acumen particular to the cannabis industry. Her problem-solving creativity aids in resolving complex issues for her rapidly-expanding cannabis clients.

Ms. Jackim is particularly well-versed in cannabis litigation, including Receiverships. She has handled the acquisition of cannabis operations across the nation. Her expertise in cannabis law has allowed her to represent clients in diverse topics including matters relating to cannabis dispensary certificate applications, buyout transactions, business restructuring, and partner dispute resolution. Ms. Jackim's cannabis clients include multistate operators, dispensaries, producers, cultivators, investors, lenders, landlords, tenants, and vendors.
Ms. Jackim is based in Phoenix and serves on the Board of Directors of Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce; on the Legal Committee of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML); as Secretary of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association; and, until recently, was a Co-Chair of the Meritas Cannabis Practice Steering Committee of North America, working with law firm affiliates across the United States. Ms. Jackim is an active member of the Marijuana Industry Trade Association ("MITA") and has participated as a speaker in several of its recent 16-week webinar series on Arizona's Social Equity Program.

For more information about how Janet Jackim may be able to assist your business with legal issues in the realm of cannabis acquisitions, dispensary operations, commercial zoning or otherwise, please get in touch with her by email at

Thomas W Dean Related Seminars and Products

Thomas W Dean Esq PLC

has been using his law practice to advocate for nationwide cannabis policy reform for over 20 years. After honing his courtroom litigation skills for several years in Ohio and Arizona, Tom accepted the position of Legal Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and relocated to the organization's headquarters in Washington, DC. As NORML's Legal Director, Tom initiated and managed many matters of national importance to cannabis policy reform. He also coordinated the efforts of the NORML Legal Committee and NORML Amicus Committee in key cases throughout the U.S. He continues to serve as a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee, Chairman of the NORML Amicus Committee, and Legal Director of NORML's Arizona state chapter. In 2016 NORML honored his 20 years of achievements by inducting Tom into the organization's Distinguished Counsel's Circle. Tom is also active in other important cannabis organizations on both a local and National level. Of note, he is a founding member of both the National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA) and the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association (ACBA), organizations that seek to help other lawyers develop and understanding of the many unique aspects of cannabis business law and other emerging cannabis related areas of practice. In recognition of his work in cannabis law in Arizona, in 2016 Tom received the President's Commendation award from the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ). Outside of the courtroom, Tom enjoys presenting at legal and business seminars and conferences around the country.



Overall:      4.3

Total Reviews: 3


Christopher W

"presentations were informative and precise which allowed for coverage of a lot of information"

Jesus M

"I enjoyed the material and the way in which it was presented. "

Josephine B

"video would have been better than solely audio. content good, very informative."