Cannabis Section
"Raising the Bar Higher"

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Welcome to LACBA’s New Cannabis Section


We are “Raising the Bar Higher” and invite you to become a member and join us at a variety of events throughout the year.


Read Our Public Comment Letters:


May 19, 2022:
Joint Letter re Proposed Section 17301.1(a)


April 18, 2022:
Read the Cannabis Section's Public Comment Letter on the Proposed Consolidated Cannabis Regulations filed on March 4.

February 10, 2022:
Read the detailed public comment letter from LACBA’s Cannabis Section Policy Subcommittee to Los Angeles City Council that concerns a motion under consideration that will modify the City’s legal cannabis rules and regulations.


September 20, 2021:
The Cannabis Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association submitted a Public Comment letter concerning the Emergency Regulations proposed by the Department of Cannabis Control.  Click here for the letter.


Words Matter - Attorneys Should Stop Using 2 Common Cannabis Industry Terms


Click here to read why the words we use to talk about the cannabis industry matter in an article written by three members of LACBA’s Cannabis Section.

Click here to read the Cannabis Section’s letter of support for ABA resolutions regarding cannabis attorneys.


LACBA Cannabis Section Letter to ABA re Resolutions 103B and 103D-1-small-image


Our Next Event:

Program Flyer Cannabis Section


Virtual "Brown Bag" Lunch – A Joint Session of the Cannabis and Barristers/Young Attorneys Sections
May 13, 2021

Join The Cannabis Pro Bono Panel

LACBA’s Cannabis Section is pleased to announce the development of a Cannabis Pro Bono panel, administrated by LACBA’s Lawyer Referral Service, SmartLaw.

This is a social equity project sponsored by LACBA and the LACBA Cannabis Section in concert with the City of Los Angeles, the social equity community of Los Angeles, and SmartLaw. Our objective here is to provide socially conscious limited pro bono legal resources to cannabis business communities that are underserved and unrepresented.

We need your help to facilitate legal services for this limited pro bono panel. Here, you can be a member of the pro bono panel, provide limited pro bono services to clients, charge fees for additional legal services, and develop future legal service relationships with cannabis business stakeholders.

SmartLaw is waiving dues for attorneys who wish to participate in this panel. Interested candidates will need to meet qualifications standards (see below), must have requisite E&O insurance, must agree to the SmartLaw Rules of Operation, and must be members of the State Bar of California.

You can begin the application process here. If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact SmartLaw:, (213) 896-6476.

Cannabis Pro Bono Panel Requirements

Cannabis Pro Bono Panel Application

Cannabis Section

SmartLaw Rules of Operation

We are thrilled about this innovative opportunity to advance justice, including social justice, within the cannabis community. It is also a great opportunity to develop business as practitioners within the area of Cannabis law.

LACBA Leadership and the Cannabis Section






Recording link


Compliance, Risk Management, and Insurance Essentials for the Cannabis Industry

Not yet available


Cannabis Industry Briefing: Proposed DCC Regulations Overview & Analysis

Not yet available


Sword, Shield, and Smoke: Trends and Hot Topics in Cannabis

Not yet available


Cannabis Social Equity Programs in 2022: Development, Deals, and Litigation


A Cannabis Regulatory Update: Cat Packer and Robert Ahn in Conversation with Ariel Clark

Not yet available


California Cannabis 2.0:

Reviewing the New Department of Cannabis Control Regulations


2nd Annual Cannabis Litigation Salon: Updates and Insights from Industry Leaders


Briefing: City of Los Angeles Cannabis Ordinance Updates





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Photos from the January 15, 2020 Cannabis Section Mixer

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Are there cannabis-related topics you'd like to learn more about?  Do you have comments or questions about our section?   Please contact us via this form.


California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 and recently adopted a comprehensive and complex regulatory scheme covering the cultivation, manufacture, testing, transportation, and sale of cannabis for both medicinal and adult recreational use.  In addition, communities throughout California independently regulate commercial cannabis according to their own priorities.  At the same time, possession and commercial production, distribution, and sale of cannabis remain unlawful under federal law.  LACBA’s Cannabis Section will provide top-tier continuing legal education concerning the legal cannabis industry and its many complex issues, including: state and local regulatory compliance, corporate and tax structuring, banking, real estate, labor and employment, intellectual property, insurance, litigation, and ethics.  The Cannabis Section will also serve as a source of expertise for other attorneys, government bodies, and the news media on issues regarding cannabis laws, regulations and developments, and serve as a forum for the consideration of public policies dealing with or regarding cannabis generally.  The Cannabis Section will provide regular networking opportunities for legal professionals and industry leaders and will assist and promote the activities of LACBA.

A summary of our regularly planned events is below:

Social Mixers
Join the Cannabis Section at seasonal networking mixers that will rotate around Los Angeles.  The Section will host seasonal mixers at locations where attendees can have fun while getting to know each other.  Locations will include rooftop bars and restaurant patios/event spaces.  Section members will receive special member admission pricing.  [Note: Please let us know if you have connections with locations that you think will be ideal for such gatherings.]

Brown-Bag Gatherings
Join the Cannabis Section at seasonal gatherings that rotate around Los Angeles.  Members of the Executive Committee will host informal gatherings where members of the Cannabis Section can bring a brown-bag lunch and get to know each other while having open conversations on topics of interest to them. These no-charge gatherings will provide members with the opportunity to casually discuss topics of interest while socializing. 

Seasonal Heady Salons
Inspired by high-society salons of the past where participants increased their knowledge through conversations and presentations, the Cannabis Section will host seasonal participatory conversations on specific topics of interest to the legal cannabis industry.  Because developments in the legal cannabis industry happen so fast, the Salons will be up-to-the-moment conversations on one or more timely topics announced shortly before the event.  Some Salons will include special guests and presentations.  Dinner and dessert will be available to all attendees.  Section members will receive special member admission pricing.

Annual Symposium
Join the Cannabis Section at our annual educational symposium.  The Cannabis Section will host a multi-panel, half-day event with top-tier panelists.   The Annual Symposium will provide attendees with a higher education in legal cannabis.  Panelists will be chosen for their knowledge and expertise.  The Annual Symposium will include great opportunities to meet and network with others in attendance and earn CLE hours.  Section members will receive special member admission pricing.