Course DescriptionAlthough the number of states where recreational and/or medical cannabis are on the rise, there are many legal uncertainties when it comes to investing in and insuring businesses engaged in cannabis manufacturing and distribution. One of the key issues stems from the fact that cannabis is still illegal on the federal level and insurance and investment companies are federally regulated. This conflict does not mean, however, that these industries cannot work together, but attorneys representing parties engaged in these relationships must be wary of the many issues that can affect their clients. In this program, Nevada cannabis attorney, Martina Jaccarino, unravels these issues and provides a roadmap for attorneys trying to navigate the cannabis industry. Among the topics discussed are criminal law and the limitations on the DEA, banking and IRS issues, and FDA oversight of cannabis.
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Meet the Lecturer(s)
Jaccarino is a trial attorney who has been practicing in Nevada since 1995. She has completed more than a dozen jury trials ranging from multi-million dollar brain injury cases, to professional negligence cases, to insurance contract disputes and straight-forward contract disputes. Ms. Jaccarino has been litigation defense including premises liability, trucking accidents, defense of professional negligence cases, employment discrimination and Worker’s Compensation. Most recently Ms. Jaccarino has been heavily involved in Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Program. Initially, she provided commentary on the regulations put in place to implement the program, then worked on actual applications for entities who now hold certificates for various entities. Ms. Jaccarino has provided practical guidance for insurers entering the industry and has written articles on employment law and medical marijuana for nationally circulated magazines. Most recently she has addressed the Nevada Bar regarding a variety of issues surrounding medical marijuana, the Southern Nevada Medical Marijuana Association regarding product liability loss prevention and the Association of Corporate counsel regarding issues arising in employment relations as a result of Nevada’s medical marijuana statute. In June and later in September of 2015, Ms. Jaccarino addressed the World Congress of the International Cannabis Association in New York with regard to product liability issues, as well as the cross-over between professional obligations and the pseudo-pharmacy role. Ms. Jaccarino is also a repeat guest on CannaBiz Radio where she discusses risk assessment and loss prevention with other industry professionals. Finally, Ms. Jaccarino has prepared two CLE programs for LexVid that help other attorneys get up to speed on the marijuana business; both medical and recreational. Representative clients include principles of NuVeda and the Blossum Group, both located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ms. Jaccarino was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of First Person Comprehensive Care, Nevada’s first medical provider that receives federal support and will prescribe medical Cannabis to appropriate patients.