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Seattle's Medical Marijuana Ordinance & Changes to WA State's Medical Marijuana Laws

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Produced on September 03, 2015

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$ 59 Constitutional, Health Care, and Cannabis In Stock

Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Advanced
Topics covered in this course: Constitutional Health Care Cannabis

Course Description

Now that Initiative 502 (“I-502”) is in full swing through RCW 69.50 and WAC 314-55, marijuana businesses have more legal accountability and liabilities than ever. In addition, through the passage of Senate Bill 5052, Washington State will completely change its entire medical marijuana program, rolling that program into the highly regulated I-502 licensing system. The rollout and implementation of Senate Bill 5052 will take place over the next year, culminating in the elimination of Washington’s current medical marijuana program by July 1, 2016. 


In this program, Hilary Bricken of Harris Moure explores the many issues posed by the passage of SB 5052 and House Bill 2136 (Washington’s technical fix bill for I-502). She also addresses the city of Seattle’s implementation of its own local medical marijuana laws, which now aim to shutter more than half of the city’s existing medical marijuana dispensaries in accordance with SB 5052, completely changing the landscape of the state-legal marijuana economy. 


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Examine Washington’s current medical marijuana collective garden system leading up to July 1, 2016 

II.    Analyze the relevant case law that renders medical marijuana “illegal” in the state of Washington 

III.   Understand the key provisions of SB 5052 and HB 2136, including how the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board plans to license existing medical marijuana entrepreneurs 

IV.   Identify the key provisions of the City of Seattle’s local medical and recreational cannabis laws, including new enforcement priorities and how the city will wind down existing medical marijuana operations going into summer 2016


Hilary V. Bricken

Harris Moure, PLLC

Hilary V. Bricken is an Attorney with Harris Moure, PLLC in Seattle, Washington. Licensed to practice law in Washington, California, and Florida, she is one of the premier cannabis business and regulatory attorneys in the United States. As chair of Harris Moure’s Regulated Substances practice group, which includes the Canna Law Group, she helps cannabis companies of all sizes with their cannabis related legal issues. 


In 2013, based on her work in the marijuana industry, The Puget Sound Business Journal named Ms. Bricken one of seven Deal Makers of the Year. In 2014 and 2015, she was named a “Rising Star” and a “Top Rising Star of Washington Women Attorneys” by Super Lawyers Magazine. Also in 2015, the Puget Sound Business Journal named Hilary to its Top 40 Under 40 list for business and leadership. Hilary currently sits on the board of the National Cannabis Industry Association and she frequently testifies before local, state, and federal government bodies regarding cannabis regulations. She also authors a weekly column for Above the Law that features content on marijuana policy and regulation, and Hilary is a regular contributor to and editor of her firm’s Canna Law Blog. 


Frank B.

Presenter did a great job with complex issues.

John S.

She should teach others how to deliver a presentation. She was excellent

Sean Paul O.

Excellent Presenter!

Allan B.

much supplementary material accompanies this course

Raph M.

REALLY good overview of this subject.

Sanford P.

Ms. Bricken did an excellent job

Davis W.

Great speaker. Top notch.

Andrea R.

The speaker provides a good history of the law in this subject for her states.

Michael K.

Very interesting topic!

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