Cannabis Litigation in California

(282 Ratings)

Produced on: April 05, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Following the passage of Prop 64, California has seen a sharp uptick in the number of new cannabis businesses forming. As the “green rush” marches on, members of the more traditional business and investment communities are looking to get involved in this new industry that shows such potential. However, the cannabis industry is not new - it has been around for a very long time and has its own culture, which is fairly suspicious of lawyers and not conditioned to access the legal system. When business or investment leaders form entities with cannabis industry leaders, there is a clash of cultures which can lead to a myriad of problems - from disagreements about how to operate all the way up to securities problems, partnership disputes, and more.

This course will discuss the various kinds of disputes that arise in the cannabis industry, which range from employment matters and real estate issues to breach of contract cases. We will discuss how and when cannabis businesses experiencing disputes can access our justice system with confidence, and strategies to help your clients ensure that they have a forum to hear their disputes when problems arise.

The presenter, Katy Young, is a founding partner of Ad Astra Law Group, LLP, a litigation shop focused on business, employment, and real estate litigation. She has been representing cannabis entrepreneurs and cannabis businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2013.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the current landscape of the California cannabis industry and how it has been shaped by historical forces
  2. Identify common legal issues that arise in the cannabis industry and best practices for mitigating disputes
  3. Assess the appropriate time and forum to initiate litigation when necessary 


Katy M. Young

Ad Astra Law Group, LLP

Katy M. Young is a Partner at Ad Astra Law Group, LLP in San Francisco. Her focus is on business and commercial litigation, including partnership disputes, breach of contract, computer fraud and abuse litigation, financial services litigation, real estate, construction defect, business torts, professional negligence, and collections. She also handles selected business transactions, including drafting and interpreting contracts, licensing agreements, leases, and trademarks.

Ms. Young received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Social Science and Pre-Law from University of the Pacific in 2004. She attended the university on an athletic and academic scholarship and held several distinguished research assistant positions. Ms. Young graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2009. She was a member of the law review and the moot court program as well as a tutor and mentor. The law review published her comment article Georgia is a Peach for Insured’s Right to Diminished Value at 42 U.S.F. L. Rev. 417 (2008). She received honors for best oral argument in the moot court program and top honors in legal research and writing. Ms. Young spent her last semester of law school working as a judicial extern for Chief Magistrate Judge James Larson in the Northern District of California.  She also spent a summer working for the California State Bar Office of the Chief Trial Counsel which prosecutes attorneys charged with ethical violations.

Ms. Young is a member of the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, the Berkeley Rotary Club, ProVisors San Francisco IX,  the USF Women Lawyers Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco.


Francisco A.

She is very likeable! Great topic.

Natalie H.

very strong recommended

Jacquelyn K.

Super Informative and approachable!

Dave D.


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Paul K.

Interesting and informative.

Erin H.

Really enjoy this presenter, and thought case examples were an interesting way to illustrate predominant issues.

Andrew P.

Great speaker. Very helpful and informative. Please offer more cannabis programs both at the federal level and for California.

Robin E.

Extremely informative!

Jack G.

interesting subject brand new and growing.

Lewis B.

The best webinar I've listened to this year

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