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Cannabis Litigation in California (Update)

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Produced on May 02, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Litigation

Course Description

Following the passage of Prop 64 and the rollout of the final regulations, 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 and products liability. 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. Review 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

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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.


Clark M.

Very informative.

Robert K.

Very knowledgeable speaker. Excellent summary.

michael m.

This was the best litigation update I have ever attended. The presentation was full of information yet concise and the presenter was terrific

Carrie B.

Good overview.

Marilyn S.

Outstanding presenter. Found the "cowboy" references edging toward bigotry and wholly unnecessary - such a fantastically accessible course; interesting, informative...thanks!

Leah W.

Great presenter!

Barbara R.

Presenter was very good and well organized. She seems to be very knowledgeable about a new industry

Jerry P.

Interesting subject matter. Many opportunities for growth in the legal industry.



Mark R.

Excellent presentation!

Philip B.


Elisa V.

Excellent presenter and great overview.

Clara R.


Lawrence R.

Excellent course and much useful information. Thanks!

Steven Z.

Fabulous presenter! Very bright and articulate!

Larry N.

Excellent speaker

Joy T.

Very informative and interesting!

Michael P.

She's a good communicator and has a personality to go along with it. Good substantive value as well.

John H.

Great presentation.

Brooke Megan M.

The presenter was excellent!

Kevin O.

Good update

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