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Structuring Enforceable Cannabis Contracts and the Ethics of Cannabis Legal Representation (04/20/2020)

Program Number: 3074 Presenter: Jeffrey Gard, Esq.

This program will cover structuring enforceable cannabis contracts and will discuss best practices to contractual drafting. We will also cover a variety of typically cannabis contracts and specific drafting tips. The program will also cover the ethics of cannabis legal representation and will discuss a variety of rules of professional conduct implicated by cannabis legal representation. The presentation will be discussing ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 1.18, 2.1, 5.1, 8.4, attorney cannabis use, attorney ownership of a cannabis business, trust accounts and deposition cannabis sourced funds, etc.

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Marijuana Use and the Employment Life Cycle: Compliance Requirements and Best Practices from Hiring to Termination (03/03/2020)

Program Number: 3056 Presenter: Melissa Ferrara, Esq., Claudia Springer, Esq.

This program will address the obligations of employers to tolerate or accommodate legalized and/or medical marijuana use, providing examples of the divergent approaches adopted by state governments, as well as best practices for developing drug testing and accommodation policies for your applicants and employees. Attendees will learn about the intersection between state and federal laws in this area, the trends in legalization nationally, and how to address cannabis use by applicants and employees at every phase of the employment relationship -- from hiring, to performance management, to termination.

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What Illinois Employers Can Expect in 2020 (02/10/2020)

Program Number: 3043 Presenter: Sylvia Bokyung St.Clair, Esq., Stacey Smiricky, Esq.

Federal and state legislatures have been busy this year, passing new employment laws and regulations that will impact employers in 2020 and beyond. This webinar will discuss these changes and practical tips on how employers can prepare for these changes: • Updates on sexual harassment legislation, including the new Illinois Workplace Transparency Act. • Specific requirements for hotel and casino employers in preventing sexual harassment from guests in the workplace. • Use of artificial intelligence in video interviews. • Marijuana in the workplace including Illinois’ recreational marijuana law. • Minimum wage changes and schedule posting requirements.

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Vetting Your Vendors: Pitfalls and Solutions Every Cannabis Business Needs to Know (11/10/2020)

Program Number: 30249 Presenter: Rebecca L. Rakoski, Esq.

This presentation will discuss the importance of vendor management in the cannabis industry. We will explore recent vendor- related data breaches, contract pitfalls, and explain the regulatory framework every cannabis business needs to understand. We will also highlight common pitfalls in vendor contracts that can lead to litigation and provide a three-step process to address vendor management.

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More Money, More Problems: Cannabis-Related Businesses Targeted by Shareholders (09/14/2020)

Program Number: 30207 Presenter: Christopher Gismondi, Esq., David Jaroslaw, Esq., Keelin Kavanagh, Esq.

Cannabis is a nascent industry facing a number of legal, regulatory, and commercial uncertainties. This program reviews the issues facing the industry, and discusses a series of shareholder lawsuits that have attempted to leverage these uncertainties into claims against publicly-traded cannabis-related corporations for violations of securities laws. We will discuss the types of public statements that have been targeted, defenses to such claims, the current trend of this litigation, and proactive steps that can reduce the risk of such lawsuits.

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In the Cannabis Industry, Profitability and Data Privacy/Security go Hand-in-Hand (09/17/2020)

Program Number: 30200 Presenter: Rebecca L. Rakoski, Esq.

As the legalized cannabis industry takes its place amongst other highly highly profitable mainstream businesses it is impossible to overlook the cybersecurity and data privacy issues that uniquely affect the industry and its profitability. The issues surrounding legalized cannabis and data security create a multi-front battle that can be incredibly challenging from a legal and technological perspective. The fact that the cannabis industry has intertwining issues of highly sensitive data, regulatory oversight and mandatory data collection requirements creates a very distinctive challenge for the profitability of those businesses. But many of those challenges can be addressed using some of the same practices and solutions. Preserving profit margins and exploring innovation are fundamental to staying solvent in an industry driven to deliver results. This presentation will explore the industry-specific challenges that face legalized cannabis businesses including regulatory obligations, such as the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace ("CCTT") system, the Health Insurance Portability and

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Cannabis, Coronavirus and the State Regulatory Landscape: An Examination of the Legal Horizon for Cannabis Post-Pandemic and Beyond (07/22/2020)

Program Number: 30175 Presenter: Anna C. Halsey, Esq., Gregory S. Kaufman, Esq., Meghana D. Shah, Esq., Virginia "Jenny" E. Worthy, Esq.

While public attention has focused on how the coronavirus is affecting cannabis businesses from the perspective of supply and demand, there is an equally important force receiving less attention: the evolution of the state regulatory framework for cannabis. Until now, the industry has operated against the backdrop of the state-federal conflict with the potential of several important developments—such as legalization in a number of states—on the horizon for 2020. The spread of the coronavirus has necessarily shifted legislative focus while also reviving dialogue about legalization and other regulatory expansion through a new lens. Using their recently published book, The State of Cannabis Law, as a launching pad, Eversheds Sutherland lawyers will use this webinar to take a closer look at the state cannabis landscape including how states have addressed cannabis regulation, the horizon for legalization and other important developments we can expect to see in 2021 and beyond.

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The Empire State of Cannabis: A look into the Future of New York Cannabis Regulation (03/25/2020)

Program Number: 3016 Presenter: Neil Willner, Esq.

This CLE will explore the current state of New York cannabis regulation, dissect Governor Cuomo’s recently announced Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act, and discus how New York fits into the broader legalization sweeping across the country.

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Advising Financially Distressed Companies in the Cannabis Industry (02/12/2020)

Program Number: 3014 Presenter: Michael Riela, Esq.

Although many states have legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana, marijuana remains flatly illegal under federal law. Because of this, most bankruptcy courts refuse to grant bankruptcy relief to financially-troubled businesses that operate in or around the cannabis industry. As a result, businesses that are involved (however tangentially) in the cultivation and distribution of cannabis products must use other methods to restructure their balance sheets or to sell their assets, including assignments for the benefit of creditors, receiverships, creditor compositions and out-of-court sales. This impacts the substantive and procedural rights of not only the cannabis-related business itself, but also those of its investors and lenders. Learning Objectives: • Understand the status of federal law with respect to cannabis, and current case law regarding the availability of the federal bankruptcy courts to financially troubled businesses involved in the cannabis industry. • Explore debt restructuring and asset liquidation alternatives to bankruptcy, as

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Expanding Your Banking Services to Marijuana Related Businesses (01/08/2020)

Program Number: 3012 Presenter: Christopher Pippett, Esq.

Thirty - three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form. This industry is currently estimated to generate over $10 billion in annual sales revenue and hundreds of millions in tax revenues for government authorities. As of the latest FinCEN report, only 633 of the more than 10,000 banks and credit unions in the United States are providing services to the legal marijuana industry. The lack of financial services available to businesses in this industry, particularly the challenges in handling the increasingly large volume of cash that is received by them, presents both public safety and financial management challenges for the industry. However, it also presents opportunities for financial institutions who desire to address these issues through a thoughtful, safe and compliant approach. Learn how your institution or client can develop a safe, compliant approach to providing services to this industry which generates revenue for the institution

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