Join Jessica Gonzalez, Laury Lucien, Dasheeda Dawson, and Jason Ortiz for a discussion of state level cannabis equity initiatives from both established equity programs and newly legalized states. This CLE will examine equity policy considerations on both the statutory level and the regulatory level, and will inform attorneys and non-attorneys alike what to look for when reading, drafting or recommending policy language, how to engage policy makers and shed light on equity successes, failures and pitfalls to avoid.
|Oregon HB 3112 (163 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|Connecticut HB06377 Introduced (195.8 KB)||Available after Purchase|
Jessica currently serves as a Cannabis and Intellectual Property attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross, a multidisciplinary law firm with over 175 attorneys and offices in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Alabama and Washington, DC. Jessica also services as outside General Counsel for the national organization Minorities for Medical Marijuana and sits on the Policy Committee for the Minority Cannabis Business Association. Jessica also sits on the board of advisors for QA Canna, a quality assurance company based in NJ. Prior to joining Bressler, Jessica was the co-founding partner at MGA Law PC, a boutique business law firm with a special focus oncannabis.
As a cannabis attorney, Jessica Gonzalez assists cannabis clients navigate the legal cannabis and hemp industry in the tristate area. She has counseled start up and medium sized cannabis/CBD companies on various matters, including corporate entity set-up, state and local compliance, private offering documents and applications for state cannabis licenses. Jessica also counsels corporate and individual clients on intellectual property procurement, prosecution, protection and enforcement for domestic and international trademarks. As cannabis advocate, Jessica has presented on both the municipal and state level on topics such as social justice/social equity, IP protection, cannabis legislation, state and federal banking and state cannabis licensing. Most recently, Jessica was selected as a 2020 fellow for the New Jersey New Leaders Council, a national organization that selects civically engaged leaders in their respective industry.
Jason got his Bachelors degree in Public and Community Engagement from the University of Connecticut. He has been fighting to end the war on drugs since he first heard the words “School to prison pipeline”. He has worked on a number of progressive campaigns, both issue-based and electoral, with victories electing Strong Progressives to the School Board of Durham North Carolina, and changing drug policy law in CT. Currently, he is the President of the Minority Cannabis Business Assocaition.
Laury C. Lucien is a Massachusetts marijuana attorney and entrepreneur. Laury grew up in Petion-ville, Haiti. She moved to Boston, Massachusetts at the age of 15, during her senior of high school to further her education. She went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School.
Laury began her legal practice by working in healthcare and life sciences as well as business licensing, corporate services, and mergers and acquisitions. Laury has advised pharmacies regarding the regulatory and licensing components of multiple multi-billion dollar acquisitions of privately held pharmacies. She has helped clients apply for, and renew, the following licenses in all 50 states: pharmacy, third-party administrator, utilization review, and collection agency. She is also experienced in helping international businesses obtain licenses necessary to operate in the United States.
Laury is the CEO of Major Bloom, LLC, a company that has secured two host agreements and one special permit to operate Marijuana Establishments in the Commonwealth. She is a Founder and Managing Member of GreenLight Business Solutions, LLC, a comprehensive consulting firm that helps marijuana start-ups navigate the marijuana industry. The Cannabis Control Commission selected GreenLight to be one of the seven Qualified Vendors for the Social Equity program. She is a partner in Chill Hill Bean Co., LLC, a craft genetics company based in California. She is also an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School, where she teaches the school’s first Cannabis Law course. She sits on the Boston Bar Association’s Cannabis Advisory Committee and sat on the Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council. Laury is also a founder of 67 Degrees Brewing, a craft brewery and taste room in Franklin, MA.
Laury is passionate about giving back to underserved communities. Laury currently provides pro bono services to emerging entrepreneurs by helping them prepare business formation documents and filings. Specifically in the cannabis industry, Laury helped over 15 people obtain their certification for Economic Empowerment Priority status in Massachusetts.
In law school, she participated in Suffolk University Law School’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic, where she represented clients on a pro bono basis in a wide range of business disputes and intellectual property matters. Laury also worked with the Housing Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, where she advocated for clients facing foreclosure.
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