Media Advisory: UC Irvine School of Law Hosts Symposium to Discuss Regulatory Issues Raised by Marijuana Legalization


WHAT: Despite stringent controls at the federal level, U.S. states have adopted laws legalizing the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. A suite of land use and environmental laws may nonetheless regulate marijuana production activities, including product safety, pesticide use, environmental impacts, facility siting, and use of public lands. Attorneys also face uncertainty as to their ability to advise industry clients regarding these activities. This symposium explores these issues, guided by leading experts deeply involved at the interface of federal and state marijuana use and control.

Presented by the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR) at UC Irvine School of Law and Brown Rudnick LLP.

WHO: Keynote Speakers are Lou Correa, State Senator (D-Santa Ana) and Dale Gieringer, Director, California NORML

Featured Speakers are:
Frank Aebly
USDA Forest Services
Hilary V. Bricken
The Canna Law Group
City Attorney Tom Carr
City of Boulder, Colorado
Stephen Cook
Brown Rudnick LLP
Andrew DeAngelo
Harborside Health Center
Sean Donahoe
California Cannabis Industry Association
Hon. James P. Gray
Orange County Superior Court (Ret.)
Allison Margolin
Margolin & Lawrence
Joel Miliband
Brown Rudnick LLP
Amy Poinsett
MJ Freeway Business Solutions
Jeffrey Raber
The Werc Shop
Deborah Rosenthal
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Nancy Smith
The Nature Conservancy, California
Ann Southworth
UC Irvine School of Law
Jacob Sullum
Thomas Umberg
Former Deputy Director, Office of
National Drug Control Policy
Sheriff John Urquhart
King County,Washington

Alejandro E. Camacho, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, and Geoffrey K. Willis, Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP, will serve as moderators.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1111 (map)

CLE credit is available for participants (8.0 credits)

Registration: $49 general registration. Free for UCI faculty, staff and students if UCI email address is used for registration. Register online >

More details, including conference schedule, available on the CLEANR Conferences page

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