Thank you MJBizCon for another great hit last week in Las Vegas!  Previous conferences have consistently provided both valuable and relevant content for attendees. This year was no exception — high quality speakers covering a timely array of topics that ranged from recent developments in production and packaging to strategic considerations for potential partnerships with mainstream companies preparing to enter the cannabis industry. It was a seriously good conference and we encourage all industry participants to attend in the future.

We were happy to send four team members to the event, including three MJBizCon veterans who recently joined our Cannabis Team roster — Josh Ashby, Ben Pirie and Sativa Rasmussen. All four of us welcomed the opportunity to meet with our many clients and industry friends. Apologies to the many other clients (and potential clients) with whom we could not meet for lack of time. We simply had to jump ship in Vegas to head for the 6th Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference, hosted by Seattle University School of Law. Sativa and Josh co-chaired the seminar, Lane Powell served as a sponsor, and Justin Hobson and Ben were both speakers. So our absence at the Seattle conference would have been problematic. We have been assured that overlap of the two conferences will be avoided next year. Again, our apologies to the many people whom we wanted to accommodate but could not for lack of time. Of course our phone lines are always open . . . Our goal next year is not only to catch up with our friends and clients but also to facilitate introductions between participants in the industry.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving,

Josh, Justin, Ben & Sativa

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Photo of Joshua Ashby Joshua Ashby

Josh Ashby is Co-Chair of Lane Powell’s Cannabis Team and one of Washington state’s most experienced recreational marijuana transactional lawyers. He advises cannabis businesses on general corporate, M&A and real estate transactions, simultaneously guiding them through the industry’s highly regulated landscape. Josh also regularly advises startups and emerging companies on business strategy and corporate planning. He has experience negotiating manufacture and wholesale agreements from Europe to South America, and previously lived in East Asia

Photo of Justin E. Hobson Justin E. Hobson

Justin is Co-Chair of Lane Powell’s Cannabis Team. His practice includes all aspects of business taxation. He has particular experience counseling clients on a variety of cross-border tax matters, including global restructuring, cross-border transactions, entity formation, tax treaties, accounting for income taxes, transfer pricing, import and export taxes, customs duties, and value-added taxes.

Photo of Benjamin Pirie Benjamin Pirie

Ben Pirie counsels cannabis businesses on a wide range of corporate needs. He is passionate about building long-lasting relationships with clients as they reach toward their goals in one of the most dynamic and fraught industries in the world.  Ben brings his experience as in-house counsel to a Fortune 1000 company in Portland to bear on Oregon’s emerging cannabis industry, where he advises clients on business transactions, contracts, entity formation and management, securities compliance, corporate governance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, state and local administrative law, and employment matters.

Photo of Sativa Rasmussen Sativa Rasmussen

Sativa Rasmussen advises clients from startups to established market leaders on corporate governance and contract law, internationally and domestically. She also represents businesses in highly regulated industries with their transactional, regulatory and compliance needs. Sativa has extensive experience negotiating transactions, drafting documents, and communicating the needs of her clients to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and other administrative agencies.