Editor’s note: This is the latest post in a series of weekly updates about the National Marijuana Business Conference, which will be held Nov. 8 and 9 in Denver. These updates will feature news about the conference, including new speakers and short profiles of MMJ professionals who have already agreed to present or sit on a panel.
Hilary Bricken, an attorney with Canna Law Group in Seattle, has agreed to speak at the National Marijuana Business Conference.
Regarded as one of Washington State’s premier cannabis business attorneys, she helps MMJ companies of all sizes with everything from corporate structure and intellectual property protection to branding, licensing and medical marijuana law. Bricken’s primary focus is helping marijuana dispensaries navigate the increasingly confusing and murky legal climate surrounding MMJ. She has represented clients struggling with a host of common problems in the industry, from business license denials, revocations and injunctions to land-use disputes and moratoriums on cannabis businesses.
Bricken also has been involved in 280e tax reform and participates in community education panels.
She’ll be able to address a wide range of topics at the conference, including those she sees as the most pressing: Banking issues and how courts treat cases involving medical marijuana businesses.
“Without either sustainable access to banks or full and fair access to the courts concerning business transactions, the medical cannabis industry cannot progress,” Bricken said. “The lack of recognition of these businesses by the banks and the courts is a major barrier to the legitimacy that the industry needs to infiltrate city, state and congressional forums in order to push towards full legalization and the free flow of medical cannabis business markets in the future.”