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Cannabis Litigation in California

(567 reviews)

Produced on April 05, 2017

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$ 59 Constitutional Law, Business, Corporate, & Securities Law, and Litigation In Stock

Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

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

As a Founding Partner of Ad Astra Law Group, LLP, I help clients resolve disputes in the most cost-effective and practical manner possible. My team and I are all experienced litigators who can take a case through trial and appeal, but also recognize the value of settlement.

Most of my clients are small business owners and all of their disputes end up being "bet the company" litigation. I help business owners who have disputes with their business partners, breach of contract issues, or computer fraud and abuse matters. Individuals with real estate disputes can also benefit from my experience with broker malfeasance and deals-gone-bad cases.

I am a fierce but friendly attorney dedicated protecting and advancing my clients' interests. I received a top notch legal education and spent the first three years of my practice as a litigation associate at Nossaman, LLP, a respected big firm where I learned from some of the finest lawyers in California. Since receiving great training at Nossaman, I have used the skills I developed there to serve my clients more directly in a small firm capacity.

Most recently, I've developed a cannabis business litigation practice where I help businesses in the cannabis industry deal with breach of contract issues, partnership disputes, employment law problems, and real estate disputes. My practice is industry-agnostic, but I do quite enjoy helping the legal cannabis effort by servicing business owners on the green frontier.


Nina Anne G.

Excellent, detailed overview and an engaging speaker. Thanks!

Jeffrey F.

Excellent speaker with very comprehensive knowledge.

Lisa F.


Alvaader F.

all good.

David D.

Interesting discussion on state vs federal law contradictions

Anne C.

Great presentation

Suuzen Ty A.

Fascinating presentation on tough new area of law.

John C.

Tremendous presentation. I helped author California Water Quality Regulations, watched many presentations and given as a lawyer many presentations and this is one of the best I have seen.

Carolyn D.

Unaware so many law fields now needed in this industry.

Francisco A.

She is very likeable! Great topic.

Natalie H.

very strong recommended

Jacquelyn K.

Super Informative and approachable!

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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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