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The Ethical Implications of Substance Use and Abuse

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Specialty Credits |  Ethics |  Substance Abuse |  Mindfullness
Hannah Stitt |  Patrick Nightingale |  Bob Nichols |  Andrew Kingsdale
1 Hour 10 Minutes
Audio and Video
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


Attorneys and professionals: learn how to navigate the gray space between practicing in a state that allows adults or medical patients to consume cannabis, and that state’s interpretation and application of the professional rules of ethics.  Panelists will discuss how cannabis use and substance abuse issues can interfere with an attorney’s competence obligations, and mandatory reporting requirements.  Panelists will specifically address the ABA Model Rule equivalents in the jurisdictions of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, California, and Washington D.C.



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. 

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The on-demand version of this webinar is eligible for credit in the following states: AR, AL, CA, CO, GA, HI, IL, NJ, NM, NY, ND, PA, TX, VT. Additional states may be available for credit upon self-application by attendees.

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Hannah Stitt's Profile

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Founder & Shareholder

Tectonic Law PC

Hannah Stitt is an intellectual property litigator and the founder of Tectonic Law (based in San Francisco, California). She provides services to businesses and entrepreneurs innovating in the following areas: Health & Wellness (including the cannabis industry), Internet and Information Technology (including cryptocurrency and blockchain industries), Creative Arts & Media (including publishing and digital art), and Environmental Sustainability. Ms. Stitt focuses her practice on litigation and disputes involving brands, trademarks, copyrights, privacy rights and related business claims. Her clients are both domestic and international, and of all sizes from startup to conglomerate.


Ms. Stitt graduated with Honors from the University of California Davis, earning degrees in both Religious Studies and Film Studies. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly Hastings), receiving a certificate of concentration in the area of intellectual property law. She has been named a Super Lawyer/Northern California Rising Star by her colleagues in the legal profession continuously since 2019 (a distinction granted to less than 2.5% of lawyers).


A core value of both Ms. Stitt’s is providing services to folks impacted by the drug war and “left behind” by current medical and recreational markets opening up across the country. Between October 2016 and December 2021, Ms. Stitt was a volunteer member of the Prisoner Advocacy Network (a project of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild) (PAN). While with PAN, Ms. Stitt assisted California prisoners to navigate the intricacies of the civil administrative legal system in order to meet their basic needs and human rights. This work exposed her to the system-imposed inequities experienced by the US’ most vulnerable population. She brings her pro bono experiences holding the government to account into her day-to-day practice for private clients.


Ms. Stitt was an active member of the Ethics Committee for the International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) between January 2018 and December 2022. She contributed significantly to the Ethics Committee’s proposed model rules of professional conduct for attorneys serving clients in regulated cannabis markets, and pushed the committee to develop a model evidentiary rule to protect attorney work product. Her advice and counsel has shaped the market.


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Patrick Nightingale's Profile

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Criminal Defense Attorney


Patrick K. Nightingale is a practicing criminal defense attorney in both state and federal court in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  He began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office in 1996.  In 1999 he helped to found the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit.  Since 2002 Mr. Nightingale has specialized in criminal defense with a particular focus on protecting the rights of cannabis consumers.  Mr. Nightingale practices in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and handles both trial, appellate and post-conviction litigation. 

Mr. Nightingale re-established the Pittsburgh NORML and has worked to advance medical cannabis and adult use cannabis reform.  In his capacity as Executive Director he has spoken extensively on the subject of cannabis reform.  Mr. Nightingale has been a frequent guest on local radio and television, and is a trusted voice on reform related questions.  He has also been privileged to testify on numerous occasions before Pennsylvania legislative bodies considering medicinal cannabis legislation.

Mr. Nightingale also serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Cannabis Society, a Pennsylvania based non-profit.  “I was very excited to join a non-profit with a mission of both advocating for patient interests and promoting industry best practices in Pennsylvania and other emerging medical cannabis states.  As our medical cannabis program matures in Pennsylvania and in states like Ohio and West Virginia it is abundantly clear we must continue to work to advance patient interests through education and legislation.”  

In August, 2017, Mr. Nightingale along with his partners established Cannabis Legal Solutions – a law firm catering to the needs of Pennsylvania’s emerging medical cannabis industry.  “We believe that as our industry expands clients will value having counsel that understands the cannabis industry and issues facing both consumers and business entities alike.”

Mr. Nightingale has taught Continuing Legal Education courses on the issue of cannabis policy and law to the Allegheny County Bar Association, Allegheny County DA’s Office, Westmoreland County Bar Association, Washington County Bar Association, Fayette County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  Mr. Nightingale also serves as a speaker for Law Enforcement Action Partnership.Mr. Nightingale is married to fellow activist Theresa and they have three children together – Perrin, Mac and Xavina. 

Mr. Nightingale can be reached at 412.225.7959 or at

Bob Nichols's Profile

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Corporate Counsel

Kiva Brands, Inc.

Bob Nichols is Corporate Counsel at Kiva Brands, Inc., a leading cannabis edibles company and cannabis distributor.  Bob is licensed to practice in California and Washington, DC.


Previously, Bob was a partner and owner of Kind Law, a boutique law firm located in Santa Rosa, CA for almost five years.  At Kind Law, Bob served cannabis companies throughout the supply chain, ancillary companies, and other clients with issues related to transactional matters, company formation, governance, M&A, financing, real estate matters, commercial contracts, and legal disputes. 


Before joining Kind Law, Bob represented large Fortune 500 companies in Washington, DC for over five years as an associate at two national law firms.

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