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Business Law – Formation 101 - Business formation for cannabis businesses

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Business |  Business of Law |  Cannabis |  Corporate Governance |  Federal Law |  Licensing and Permitting |  Policy
Megan Sheehan |  Karen Bernstein |  Rachel Gillette |  Lara DeCaro
1 Hour 34 Minutes
Audio and Video
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


In this webinar we will go over the basics of business formation for cannabis businesses. This webinar will focus on issue spotting and going over the key considerations for cannabis business entities, including due diligence on partners, what type of structure best meets your clients' needs, the steps in formation and key documents, intellectual property considerations, and 280e considerations.



This program is eligible for 1 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. 

INCBA webinars are eligible for credit in the following states: AR, AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT,DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, MN, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VT, WV, and WI . Additional states may be available for credit upon self-application by attendees. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.

INCBA on demand programs are eligible for credit in the following states: AR, AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT,DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, MN, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VT, WV, and WI . Additional states may be available for credit upon self-application by attendees. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted.

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Megan Sheehan's Profile

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Sheehan & Associates

Megan Sheehan is the owner of Sheehan & Associates Law, a boutique firm in Lexington, MA and Barrington, RI. Megan represents small to mid sized cannabis businesses, both plant touching and ancillary, providing services for business formation, contracts, commercial leases, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions. Megan's firm is truly a family business- she practices with her mother and her two brothers also work at the firm. Before having her second career as a lawyer, Megan worked in operations for small businesses and non-profits. Megan also has a strong background in community organizing and activism, having worked with community radio stations and in healthcare organizing. Megan received her BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and her JD from Vermont Law School. Megan enjoys reading fiction, biking, hanging with her son and husband, and swimming. 

Karen Bernstein's Profile

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Managing Partner

Bernstein IP

Rachel Gillette's Profile

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Partner & Chair of the Cannabis Practice Group

Greenspoon Marder LLP

Rachel Gillette is among the first attorneys in the nation to dedicate her practice to the cannabis industry. Since 2010, Ms. Gillette has helped licensed cannabis and hemp businesses with licensing, permitting and regulatory compliance, business law and transactions, contract drafting and review, tax litigation, corporate formation, and other tax matters, including audit representation. She works with startups and entrepreneurs, investors, and ancillary industry businesses to help develop the cannabis innovation ecosystem, and is a zealous advocate for the industry.

Ms. Gillette regularly represents clients before the IRS’s Examinations, Appeals, and Collections Divisions, including cannabis businesses facing the challenges of IRS adjustments under IRC §280E. She has successfully challenged local, state and federal tax deficiencies on behalf of her clients, having prevented hundreds of thousands of dollars in incorrectly assessed taxes, interest, and penalties. She can assist individual and business taxpayers in §280E proposed adjustments, offers in compromise, audit examinations, innocent spouse claims, sales, use, and employment tax matters, trust fund tax penalty assessments, penalty abatements, and levy releases. Additionally, Ms. Gillette has significant U.S. Tax Court litigation experience, which is highly beneficial in unique and complex cannabis tax matters.

For several years, Ms. Gillette was the Executive Director of the Colorado state chapter of NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. She was a founding member of Women Grow and the National Cannabis Bar Association. She an advocate as well as an attorney, and is committed to helping change laws – and perceptions – relating to cannabis and ensuring state licensed and legal marijuana businesses are fairly taxed and regulated.

Ms. Gillette received her Juris Doctorate from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut, where she served as Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal. During law school, she interned with the New Haven Public Defender’s office, where she developed her commitment to advocacy for those facing the many challenges of the criminal justice system.

Ms. Gillette serves on the Management Committee at Greenspoon Marder.

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Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger and Melnick

Lara L. DeCaro is a business attorney and mediator. She has concentrated her legal career in the areas of intellectual property, corporate governance and compliance, commercial transactions, real property, and mediation. Most of her clients came from highly-regulated industries and she translated that knowledge into a comprehensive medical cannabis business practice over the past 12 years. She has also represented event venues, entertainment providers, art galleries, authors, banks, recycling companies, investors, franchisors, an airport, and various small business owners. Whatever their industry Lara takes pride in getting to know her clients and working with them from start-up to wind-up.

Lara commenced her legal career as a litigator in Northern New Mexico, where a brief she authored was submitted to the Supreme Court of Colorado, and made law in her client’s favor. She also successfully defended marijuana and other criminal charges locally. Lara later took a position as in-house counsel for a premier company in the risk evaluation software industry and worked at a leading bio-pharmaceutical company. Both positions served as important career mechanisms that further developed her regulatory compliance skills, intellectual property knowledge, business sense, and transactional experience.

Lara is a founding board member, former executive officer, and current advisory board member of the International Cannabis Bar Association and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis Law Section, where she generated the idea for the San Francisco Cannabis Equity Program pro bono panel to provide meaningful representation to social equity applicants. She is a published author and frequent speaker on various matters of cannabis business law and had the honor of appearing on the August 14, 2020, Weed Wonks podcast. Lara was also on the team that drafted the Safe Agreement for Cannabis for Meadow (with the approval of YCombinator), an open source document intended to reduce costs of capital raises for California cannabis corporations.

Lara graduated with honors from both her undergraduate program at the University of Southern California and law school at Tulane, where she received a certificate in mediation in 1999 from the American Arbitration Association. She is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, and New Mexico (currently inactive).

She was also a member of the New Mexico Senate Memorial 57 Advisory Council and the New Mexico State Bar Association ADR Committee, which authored the rules in New Mexico for alternative and effective dispute resolution.

In her spare time Lara enjoys live music, skiing, horseback riding, and baseball. She participates in her community by donating legal services to worthy causes and volunteering at her daughters’ schools. Lara lives in San Francisco.



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