Boston Bar | Cannabis Law Conference

Thursday, November 21, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon St, Boston, MA

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Cannabis Law Conference

Whether you’re a cannabis law expert looking to expand your industry knowledge or a practitioner interested in breaking into this burgeoning sector, the Boston Bar Association’s annual Cannabis Law Conference will provide you with in-depth guidance and information on how to advise clients and navigate the industry’s complex regulatory landscape.

Join us for high-level networking and substantive panel discussions featuring practitioners, regulators, and business and community leaders to discuss key legal and business developments.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cannabis Basics

  • Laury Lucien – CEO, GreenLight
  • Will Luzier – Chief Compliance Officer, Tudestr
  • Blake M. Mensing – Founder & Chief Counsel, The Mensing Group LLC

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch – Fireside Chat with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commissioners



1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


  • Moderator: Scott Moskol – Partner, Co-Chair, Cannabis Business Advisory, Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Rishi Gautam – Managing Director, RiverForce Partners
  • Tina Sbrega – CEO & President, GFA Federal Credit Union
  • John Sellers – Chief Compliance Officer, West Coast AML Services, LLC
  • Franklin E. Worrell – Director of Operations, West Coast AML Services, LLC

IP Issues

  • Moderator: Jesse Alderman – Partner, Foley Hoag, LLP
  • Karen Bernstein, Esq. – Bernstein IP
  • David Halstead – Partner, Foley Hoag, LLP

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Regulatory Roundtable: Staying Compliant and Managing Risk Under the New Regulations

  • Moderator: Adam Fine – Partner, Vicente Sederberg LLP
  • Andrea J. Cabral – CEO, Ascend
  • Michael Dundas – President, Sira Naturals
  • Casey Leaver – Compliance Manager, Vicente Sederberg LLP
  • Andrew Plante – National Director of Security & Risk Management, iAnthus Capital Management

Capital-raising and Business Maturation

  • Moderator: Shanel Lindsay – CEO, Ardent Life, Inc.
  • Gregory Chin – CPA, Partner, Transactional Advisory Services Group, CohnReznick LLP
  • Robert Hunt – Principal, Linnaea Holdings
  • Robert Fireman – CEO & Director, MariMed Inc.
  • Frank A. Segall – Partner, Burns & Levinson LLP

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tax Considerations

  • Moderator: Erica Rice – Partner, Foley Hoag, LLP
  • Travis Blais – Managing Partner, Blais Halpert Tax Partners
  • Charlotte Cathro – CPA, Cathro, LLC
  • Nicola Lemay – Partner, Foley Hoag, LLP

Hot Topics in Cannabis Law

  • Moderator: Beth Waterfall – Executive Director, ELEVATE Northeast; Principal, Beth Waterfall Creative
  • Blake M. Mensing – Founder & Chief Counsel, The Mensing Group LLC
  • Michael Ross – Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
  • Melissa (Lisa) Thompson, JD-MPH – Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Jay Youmans – Principal, Smith, Costello & Crawford

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

Shanel Lindsay (Co-Chair)
Ardent Life, Inc.

Michael Ross (Co-Chair)
Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Kevin Conroy
Foley Hoag LLP

Adam Fine
Managing Partner
Vicente Sederberg LLP

Blake M. Mensing
Founder and Chief Counsel
The Mensing Group LLC

Scott Moskol
Partner, Co-Chair, Cannabis Business Advisory
Burns & Levinson LLP

Kimberly Napoli
Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board

Beth Waterfall
Executive Director, ELEVATE Northeast;
Principal, Beth Waterfall Creative



  • Members: $330.00
  • Government/legal services: $200.00


  • Non-members: $430.00
  • Conference + BBA Membership bundle: $555.00

For questions about registration or to take advantage of the conference + membership bundle, please contact Daniel Tillman: 617.778.1948 |

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Boston Bar educational programs are sponsored in part by the Joan B. DiCola Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please click here.

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