2022 DRI Cannabis Law Seminar

September 6–7, 2022 | Nashville, Tennessee

Cannabis & Cannabis Law

Join DRI in Nashville After Two Years of Virtual Seminars!

The 2022 DRI Cannabis Law Seminar will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge on cannabis law, while expanding your professional network in this exciting industry. Earn multiple CLE credit hours, while learning about current trends in the developing field of cannabis law. Expect interesting presentations and panel discussions on the state of cannabis law, insurance coverage concerns, industry insights, products liability in cannabis, cannabis M&A, diversity/social justice in the industry, and so much more!

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What You Will Learn:

  • An up-to-date overview of cannabis legalization, at the state & federal levels
  • Trends in, and issues facing, the growing cannabis insurance industry
  • Legal developments in products liability and mergers & acquisitions in the cannabis space
  • Challenges, issues, and the successes of talented women in the cannabis industry
  • The nuanced and challenging social justice problems still facing the world of cannabis

Expand Your Network By:

  • Meeting lawyers and industry insiders at the speaker sessions
  • Getting to know seminar attendees at the networking event before the seminar
  • Interacting with the DRI Cannabis Law committee members and chairpersons

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Thank You to DRI's Cannabis Law Committee Leadership

Darren P. Grady
Darren P. Grady
Program Chair
Patrick Price
Patrick Price
Program Vice Chair
Christopher T. Sheean
Christopher Sheean
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Registration Information

DRI Member Pricing: $695
Non-Member Pricing: $995

DRI Member Pricing: $995
Non-Member Pricing: $1,295

Early Bird Pricing: $695
Regular Pricing: $995

Register by July 25, 2022 to receive the early registration rate.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

Pricing: $695 per person

**Group registration is for registering 5 or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, please send an email to rstiner@dri.org (online registration is not available for this offering).

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Time (Central) Session Description
4:30 p.m. Registration
4:30 p.m. Networking Reception
6:00 p.m. Women in Cannabis Reception
7:15 p.m. Dine-Arounds (on your own)

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Join your colleagues and sign-up here!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Time (Central) Session Description
7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Christopher Sheean, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago, IL
Darren P. Grady, SmithAmundsen, Chicago, IL
8:45 a.m. Cannabis Law 2022: Legalization at State and Federal Levels

Ms. Burgio will discuss the ins and outs of the current (and ever changing) state of Cannabis Law in the United States, touching on the legal status across our 50 states (and territories), as well as developments in federal efforts to legalize or end the prohibition of cannabis.

Aleece Burgio, MJI Solutions, Youngstown, NY
9:45 a.m. Cannabis Insurance Panel

With the majority of states now legalizing cannabis for medicinal or recreational use and the growing potential for federal reform, the cannabis industry is poised for exponential growth. The insurance industry will play a key role in meeting the needs of this expanding industry. This panel will discuss current trends, products, and coverage issues for this emerging field.

Paul Curley, Kaufman, Borgeest & Ryan LLP, Valhalla, NY

Heather Wright, Bradley, Nashville, TN
Kelly Yates, Topa Insurance Company, Calabasas, CA
Jennifer Stinson, James River Insurance, Richmond, VA
10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m. Social Economics Vs. Social Equity

Ms. Casson will discuss the dynamics of social economics and social equity in the context of creating a pathway for generational wealth. She will discuss a plan for cannabis businesses with all stakeholders in mind, that embodies profits in diversity.

Cimone Casson, Cimone Casson LLC, Muskegon, MI
12:15 p.m. Lunch (On your own)
1:45 p.m. Current Trends in Cannabis Mergers and Acquisitions at Home and Abroad

The cannabis industry is rapidly growing, with U.S. legal sales expected to hit $22 billion this year. Mergers and acquisitions in the cannabis industry have begun to take off as the industry evolves and grows. Mr. Brinson will discuss recent M&A news in the industry, address common challenges in Cannabis M&A, and how operators can prepare for future activity in this exciting area.

Phillip R. Brinson, Gordan & Rees, Houston, TX
2:30 p.m. Products Liability and Litigation Risks in Cannabis

Mr. Strunk and Ms. Moon will discuss the legal issues and ramifications arising out of the growing number of cannabis related and cannabis adjacent products liability cases in the United States. The expanding cannabis market, coupled with its relative infancy and opportunistic attorneys, creates risk for more product liability litigation in the future. You will hear about the types of product liability actions that the cannabis industry may face, and provide some thoughts on how to best prepare for and defend these claims. You will also hear about other litigation risks that may be faced by the industry, including nuisance and civil RICO claims.

Christopher D. Strunk, Gordan & Rees, Oakland, CA
Stacy Linn Moon, Gordan & Rees, Birmingham, AL
3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30 p.m. Women in Cannabis Panel

Our first ever Women in Cannabis Panel will discuss the involvement, contributions, and issues faced by women in our industry. Topics to be discussed will include the hurdles women face how to overcome them, useful advice to women starting their careers in cannabis, and women best deal with challenges the cannabis related workplace.

Stephanie Osterholt, P. E., CED Technologies
Tatiana Calvo, VP of Compliance, Columbia Care
Jodi Green, Miller Nash, Long Beach, CA
Dr. Brenda Powell Wells, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
4:45 p.m. Alphabet Soup: The Regulation of CBD, CBN, CBG, Delta 8, Delta 10, and Other Cannabinoids

Our speakers will discuss the “other” cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, and how they are regulated by federal and state agencies in contrast to the more well-known (Delta 9) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Jim Rotondo, Day Pitney, Hartford, CT
Daniel Pierre, Day Pitney, Parsippany, NJ
6:00 p.m. Adjourn
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Joint reception with the DRI Drug & Medical Device Seminar.


NEW in 2022 – 4 Additional On-Demand Programs Included With Every Seminar!

CLE Credit will be sought from every state requiring CLE hours in elimination of bias/diversity and inclusion, ethics, substance abuse/mental health and law practice management. The CLE grid will provide updated information concerning which courses have been approved by which states and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny were meant to eliminate bias in jury selection. But has that happened? This program will address that question and discuss issues of bias in the courtroom more broadly and will challenge viewers to recognize their own biases and to learn how those biases could affect their assessment of potential jurors, witnesses, judges, and adversaries. The program also will provide viewers with skills on how to identify the biases of potential jurors and how those biases could come into play during deliberations.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL


Investigating claims and lawsuits often requires interviews with employees. Corporate in-house attorneys and their outside counsel need to be able to identify potential conflicts of interest and confidentiality issues with employees who may leave their employment and become opposing counsel’s best witness.

Kristie S. Crawford, Brown & James, Springfield, MO
Lauren Buford, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Illinois 60015.

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Study after study suggests that lawyers aren’t happy. Continued unhappiness impacts performance, relationships, and physical health. That’s the bad news. The good news is that research proven interventions exist that increase happiness without requiring a radical change in circumstances. Even a slight increase in happiness has a lasting impact on both your current performance and resilience, not to mention, happier just feels better. This program will quickly, efficiently, and practically explain why happiness matters and offer tools you can use today to work, lead, and live happier.

Rebecca Morrison, Aldie VA

Law Practice Management

Law firms must operate more efficiently to ensure they can deliver high-quality services, handle more volume and maintain a profit margin in today’s climate of rate pressure and rising costs. Understanding Key Performance Indicators and law firm analytics concerning financial, operational and client service data are key to mastering law firm performance management. This presentation will address methods to collect information necessary for evaluating key areas of performance, identify tools and techniques to analyze data and generate action items and more.

Brian Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Jan Sander, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Sean Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA

Hotel and Travel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203. Take advantage of the group rate of $278.00 Single/Double in one of two ways:

The hotel block is limited and rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations by August 4, 2022 to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after that date are subject to room and rate availability. A small portion of your room rate offsets the costs of the seminar.

Travel Discounts: DRI is pleased to announce that discounted air fares are available on various major air carriers for DRI seminar attendees. To receive these discounts, please contact Direct Travel Ltd., DRI’s official travel provider, at 800.840.0908. If you would like to have access to the DRI online travel booking tool, you must complete a Business Travel Profile form at www.dt.com. Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.

CLE Information

Earn up to 6.50 hours of continuing legal education hours from this seminar.

Cannabis Law CLE Grid (PDF)


DRI's Cannabis Law seminar is proudly sponsored by:

Foley & Mansfield
King & Spalding

Thank you to our Official Supporter: SmithAmundsen LLC

If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

DRI Cares

Realm of Caring Because Quality of Life MattersFounded in 2013, Realm of Caring (RoC) is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization known as the charity of choice for the cannabis industry. They serve anyone in need of more information about cannabinoid therapies. Through revolutionary research, innovative education, and empowering global community connections, RoC seeks to facilitate and encourage the mainstream acceptance of transformative, plant-powered therapies to benefit individuals and families and serve healthcare providers as well as the hemp and cannabis industries. Since becoming a formal non-profit in 2013, RoC has cherished a vision that has remained unchanged: the belief that the quality of life matters.

A donation to Realm of Caring is a donation to our community. We continue to deliver the best research, educational resources, and one on one support worldwide for cannabinoid therapy. It is our goal to reach more individuals year after year. These services are completely free, donations help us to keep it that way.

To donate, click the "Donate" button below and use the same login that you registered for this seminar. Select from one of the gift amounts or other to set your own amount, then choose "Cannabis Law" from the My SLC/Region dropdown box.


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