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Medical Marijuana and Commercial Real Estate in California and Beyond Update

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Produced on March 03, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Real Estate Constitutional Cannabis

Course Description

Marijuana has had a volatile history in this country.  In 1996, California voters passed the Compassionate Use Act, making it the first state to allow for the medical use of marijuana. Since then, several more states have enacted similar laws (many grander in their scope), and with the 2016 elections over, we can expect a lot of movement in the area of marijuana legalization across the country. The increasing acceptance of marijuana has led to an emergence of legal, regulatory, real estate, and other issues that will only intensify in scope and complexity as marijuana legislation continues to proliferate nationwide. Attorneys will face an array of new legal challenges in this area when representing property owners/managers, employers, or tenants who operate in the marijuana industry.

Join Seena Samimi, a Southern-California based litigator who represents cities and counties in their marijuana regulation efforts, in this discussion regarding marijuana regulation. Explore the historical and legal framework of marijuana regulation in California, the interplay between federal, state and local laws, and considerations relating to real estate and marijuana industry tenants. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Grasp the historical framework surrounding marijuana regulation in California, and federally

  2. Understand the current legal tension and interplay between federal, state, and local laws, including US DOJ priorities

  3. Assess considerations relating to risks, leasing issues, and real-estate issues relating to marijuana-industry tenants

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Seena Samimi

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

Seena Max Samimi is an associate in the Government, Land Use, Environmental and Energy practice, focusing on assisting clients in successfully navigating complex regulatory, zoning, and environmental issues. He is uniquely positioned to support clients with their development projects, and with litigation, due to his extensive experience throughout his career as 1) outside-firm counsel for public entities such as cities and counties, 2) in-house counsel for an international construction company, and 3) litigation and environmental counsel in the large firm setting, representing major private commercial enterprises. 

Seena spent several years representing a wide range of public entities such as cities, counties, water agencies, and transportation districts throughout California in litigation disputes, as well as in an advisory capacity. He has successfully handled dozens of cases for public agencies through all phases of litigation (including appellate work) in areas such as: marijuana regulation, group homes, drug and alcohol abuse recovery facilities, water rights, Brown Act compliance, land use disputes, public nuisance abatement, code enforcement, intellectual property, and real property issues.

Seena also has significant experience in the private sector, having represented major companies in litigating significant real estate, land use, contract, fraud, antitrust, and loan/financing disputes. In connection with entitlement work, he has assisted clients in major infrastructure and development projects, including obtaining the environmental approvals for the largest desalination plant in the United States. From 2011-2014, Seena worked abroad as general counsel for a construction company that built a landmark project on the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile.


Steven S.

It was really good. It gave a lot information that to me was previously unknown.

Megan T.

Very informative and smooth presentation. The cartoons were fun!

George V.

Very knowledgeable speaker.

Robin E.

I was glad to find that most of the information was useful to residential landlords as well.

Karen K.

Very interesting

Gerald C.


Dave D.

Great class

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