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Cannabis Regulation in a Post-Cole Memo World: Expecting the Unexpected

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Produced on May 07, 2018

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This program will provide an overview of federal regulation of the cannabis industry, in light of the Department of Justice’s recent rescission of the Cole Memorandum, a 2013 memo that symbolized a major shift in drug enforcement.

Presented by Jonathan Havens, Co-Chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Cannabis Law Practice, the program will also briefly explore the role of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in cannabis regulation, and finally, will conclude with insights as to what’s in the store for the future of the cannabis industry.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discern the Trump Administration’s position on marijuana regulation
  2. Evaluate the Department of Justice's role in enforcing federal drug laws, particularly in the wake of its rescission of the Cole Memorandum
  3. Consider how the FDA’s approval of cannabis products could steer the scheduling debate
  4. Discuss current federal legislative efforts and proposals, and which, if any, could succeed
  5. Comprehend the scope of the current state regulatory regimes and what is on the horizon
  6. Navigate the legal challenges that local marijuana businesses face in light of the federally illegal status of the product (e.g., tax, IP, real estate, banking, etc.)

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Jonathan Havens

Saul Ewing LLP

Jonathan Havens counsels clients on regulatory, compliance, enforcement, and transactional matters related to products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Companies in the consumer health care products, life sciences, cosmetics, tobacco, and medical cannabis industries, among others, turn to Jonathan for advice on how to get and keep their products on the market. He advises companies throughout the product life cycle, including product development, formulation, manufacture, distribution, and promotion. More specifically, Jonathan handles matters involving labeling, good manufacturing practice (GMP), quality system regulation (QSR), product design, and registration and listing, to name a few. When disputes, including litigation, arise relating to these and other issues, Jonathan helps clients navigate them. This includes preparation for FDA inspections, response to inspectional observations (FDA Form 483) and warning letters, managing product recalls, and resolving import and export issues. He also counsels clients through business transactions that involve oversight by myriad federal and state agencies. 

Beyond his FDA, FTC, and CPSC work, Jonathan’s experience extends to matters involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a wide array of state and municipal agencies, state attorneys general, and district attorneys. His deep understanding of the complex regulatory and statutory requirements that govern a wide range of products and services is enhanced by his experience working in government and on Capitol Hill. Before entering private practice, Jonathan served as regulatory counsel with FDA, where he focused on compliance and enforcement related to promotion, advertising, and labeling. Jonathan has also held legislative and government affairs positions in which he facilitated the development and execution of strategic communications to members of Congress and their staff aides, and managed several areas of policy and drafted legislative proposals. 


Stephanie D L.

This was one of the best CLE’s on the marijuana industry I have ever taken. The speaker was excellent. Very knowledgeable and very polished.

Larry S.

The lecturer was great.

Catina W.

Excellent Course. Looking forward to the update.

Jeremy S.

This CLE provided a helpful framework for a dynamic and uncertain area of the law.

Van J.

A very clear presentation of a very convoluted subject.

Jason J.

Interesting topic l did not have much background on, great info.

Elsbeth P.

Very Interesting

Mirjam M.

Great course, thank you!

Scott K.


Khristine M.

The written materials will be a helpful reference tool to go back and look at in the future.



Joseph C.

Interesting update on a rapidly changing subject. Thanks!

Erin B.

This lecturer is so clear and pleasant to listen to! It’s great learning about this complex area from this person! More please! Erin

Edward M.

good presentation

Michael F.

was of current interest to me

John B.

Great that actual transcript of his talk was attached.

Paul I.

Perfect timing for a project I am working on for a client.

John K.

Excellent provider!!

Jacqueline S.

Timely topic and Excellent substance. Speaker was terrific! He presented material in a clear and concise way and was interesting. . Well done. I would recommend this.

Jathan V.

Another great Lawline course. Thanks guys!

John A.

Fascinating topic

Jerri Lynn W.

Great experience!

John H.


Gregory K.

Great class. Thanks!

William B.

Jonathan's presentation was excellent.

Beverly L.

In depth, broad brushed presentation. Well done.

Misty H.

A very well informed and clearly communicated session. Would highly recommend even if not practicing in the area.

Cory R.

Very informative and current. Would like updates on developments. Really liked the presenter.

David B.


Freya C.

One of the better courses i've taken. Jonathan is excellent and his materials were also very thorough. His references to the resources he commonly uses were key to the course being useful and helpful to anyone who might want to get more involved in a practice like this.

Elliot F.

Great discussion of complex and variable topic.

Antoine M.

Very topical discussion and legal analysis, super presentation.

Thomas B.


Paul S.

Excellent presentation on a subject I knew nothing about. Thanks!

Melissa B.

Excellent speaker. Really did a good job of bringing up to date the issues in this field.

B.A. S.

Very solid presenter.

Lynn D.

updates for this subject please!

Allison L.

Excellent presentation! Very informative.

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