The Importance of Being Registered: Client Advocate or Accidental Lobbyist (MJBiz 2018)

Effective government relations and carefully holding lawmakers accountable are critical to the progressive evolution of the cannabis industry. The success of the legal market, as well as many high achieving cannabis enterprises, can be directly attributed to sustained political engagement and public advocacy. 

This panel will provide informational resources and a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding substantive areas of policy, political law, the legislative process, and the regulation of the profession for federal, state and local stakeholders. There is a fine line between lobbying, legal and government affairs activities, and special attention will be given to avoiding the unauthorized practice of law and accidental lobbying. 


  • Lara DeCaro (Partner, Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Metzger & Melnick, LLP, NCBA Founding Board Member)

  • Sabrina Fendrick (Director of Government Affairs, Berkeley Patients Group)

  • Elizabeth Westbrook (Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC)

  • Scot Rutledge (Partner, Parallax Strategies, and Argentum Partners)

  • John M. Jennings (Harter Secrest & Emery LLP)

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