Cannabis and Law: A Deeper Look into Virginia’s Newest Budding Industry (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $79 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 11/30/2022


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the October 2021 webcast, Cannabis and Law: A Deeper Look into Virginia’s Newest Budding Industry.

Topics Covered

  • Explore how the establishment of a new $1.2 billion industry will affect dozens of other areas of law and practice
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the legislation and its impacts on the legal profession, including but not limited to adult sharing and home cultivation, what liability a property owner might assume, employer best practices, and how human resource directors may respond to inquiries
  • Get a brief overview of the legislative process, such as the impact of the reenactment clause, the creation of the Cannabis Control Authority, JLARC’s recommendations, and potential legislative amendments to the bill that likely will impact the sale and distribution of cannabis in the state
  • For those interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion, examine the impacts on the legislation and the industry as well as SWaM implications

Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation to legalize cannabis in the Commonwealth. While simple possession of small amounts of cannabis is legal, widespread cultivation and distribution of cannabis is prohibited until January 2024.

Early estimates conservatively project the value of Virginia’s cannabis retail market at $1.2 billion. However, these estimates neglect to include the impact of ancillary industries such as law, banking, finance, insurance, construction, real estate, distribution, marketing and advertising, hospitality, and agriculture.

Since the enactment of the legislation, many new developments have occurred, including a report from the Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission (JLARC) outlining additional recommendations for the legislation, the creation of the Cannabis Control Authority, pending cases concerning housing and cannabis use, retail market implications, and questions from clients about what is and what is not allowed.

This program seeks to pick up where “Legal and Business Implications of Cannabis Legalization in Virginia,” originally presented earlier this year in June, left off, providing a deeper dive into the Virginia Cannabis Control Act. Attendees get answers to some of the burning questions they have regarding the Commonwealth’s newest budding industry and its intersection with the legal profession.

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Gregory D. Habeeb, Gentry Locke / Richmond
Gregory D. Habeeb is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, where he represented Virginia’s 8th District and served as Vice-Chair of the Courts of Justice Committee. He retired from the Virginia House of Delegates in August of 2018 and now chairs Gentry Locke’s Government and Regulatory Affairs team in Richmond, Virginia, and serves as President of Gentry Locke Consulting. Mr. Habeeb is also a litigation partner specializing in complex business and catastrophic injury cases, representing individuals and companies in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. In 2017 he was named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Patrice L. Lewis, J.D., Gentry Locke / Richmond
Patrice Lewis serves as Gentry Locke’s Government Affairs Specialist, using research and strategy to help clients achieve their legal and policy goals. Her areas of expertise include communications and reputation management, market research, policy, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her experience comes from her eclectic background in law, legislation, and market research. She recently served as a senior advisor for SIR, Inc. a strategic marketing and communications firm located in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to her time at SIR, Ms. Lewis worked as an outreach representative for Senator Mark R. Warner, serving Central and Southcentral Virginia, and as the legislative assistant to former Delegate Onzlee Ware. She is also a Maryland licensed attorney. Ms. Lewis is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Virginia and her law degree from Regent University School of Law.

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