28 Mar UNT Mean Green Meets Green Rush Opportunity
The evolving body of law surrounding cannabis is rapidly changing and becoming ever more complex. The federal government has one set of laws, and each state has yet another. Those states that have legalized cannabis struggle with different counties and municipalities that set yet again different laws and regulations.
Legal specialties exist for all types of crimes from violent to white collar, and all sorts of insurance complaints from injury to fraud. Some lawyers specialize in oil securities and others in international contracts. The field of cannabis related law has until recently been fairly cut and dry, but no longer. Cannabis law is growing, evolving and multiplying and opening up an entirely new legal area of expertise that will require a huge amount of attention from pioneering lawyers.
Pre-law and law school students have an entirely new and wide open field of legal practice that is only going to get bigger between now and the time they graduate. Lawyers pursing the emerging legal cannabis industry will play a vital role in ensuring that the great green revolution develops ethically and along legally compliant lines.
The Need for Legal Innovations
According to Eric Berlin, a partner at Jones Day, there has been a significant shift in approach and attitude from “how not to get arrested’” to ‘”how to do it legally.” This paradigm shift requires a legal strategy shift. More and more legislators are recognizing the medical benefits of cannabis and the popular demand for recreational use, and exploring new legal frameworks to transition from criminal code to civil, and from civil to outright legalization.
Observing the transitions already in progress and the mounting pressure on legislators, leading global law firms have established legal support desks with special law attorneys and advisors to provide expert counseling and consultancy to the entrepreneurs and aspirants seeking to venture into the cannabis industry. Such law firm specialization will only expand form here.
Millennial Law Students: Ideal Candidates For Law Firms Expanding Cannabis Practice
The cannabis lifestyle is second nature within the millennial culture. That’s not to say all millennials use cannabis, but most millennials are familiar with social cannabis use the way their parents are familiar with cocktails at dinner parties. The cultural cannabis knowledge that millennials bring to the growing number of professional positions within the expanding cannabis industry will be invaluable to cannabis enterprises, to include those law firms building cannabis practices.
Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo in Texas
The 2nd Annual Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo (SWCC) on April 22 and 23 in Fort Worth, Texas will be a comprehensive cannabis industry event featuring experts, consultants, and representatives from all walks and spheres of the burgeoning cannabis marketplace. The two-day event will combine current and future cannabis industry leaders on a common floor to interact, establish networks, seek opportunities and learn about current and future trends within the industry.
Dallas, Texas based, North American Cannabis Holdings, Inc. (USOTC:USMJ) is bringing to the Expo the not-for-profit Hemp Educate America (HEA) Foundation as one of the current leaders within the cannabis industry helping to accelerate the learning curve of new cannabis industry enthusiasts with the decade of experience HEA has garnered in the California cannabis market.
UNT Mean Green Meets Green Rush
HEA has watched and admired the launch, growth and ongoing mainstream establishment of the University of North Texas Dallas Law School. The non-profit is also familiar with the practical approach the University of North Texas takes in preparing Pre-Law students for real world legal practice. Accordingly, HEA wants to encourage the UNT Mean Green to meet the Green Rush head on at the coming SWCC in Fort Worth, April 22-23.
Aside from business and investments, the conference is a huge opportunity for the students of law and legal affairs at the University of North Texas. With a significant endowment size of $143.4 billion, and in light of its acclaimed Legal and Political curriculum, the University of North Texas should be a first choice for aspiring lawyers and future lawmakers. The SWCC event will prove to be of immense value to law students and all other students by providing insight into the current, ongoing and future trends of the cannabis industry and what careers those trends might lead to.
We would like to give special thanks to Mr. Steven Rash of North American Cannabis Holdings, Inc. (USOTC:USMJ) for the generous donation of $2,709 to support our cause. 50% of the proceeds will benefit students’ scholarships and contributions to other non-profits with similar mission. Our goal is to raise $900,000 by December 31, 2017 so we can sponsor 12 students by the end of this year. The tax deduction is limited to the excess of the contribution over the fair market value of any items received in exchange for the donation.
About the Author: Carlo Desierto is a serial entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in business startups. He has founded, built intrinsic value, and sold several companies in which he sits as an adviser for the Board of Directors. Carlo has interviewed over 200+ entrepreneurs and published mini-biographies for new digital media channels relating to entrepreneurship, health, self-help, futurology, and the green industry.