Cannabis Business Operations: The Basics Of What You Absolutely Need To Know If You’re Going To Operate In This Industry

January 10, 2020 | 12:10 pm | 315 | Business / Legal, Finance

This seminar will start by giving context to the current legal landscape of the cannabis industry. With this in mind, Erik will cover recently adopted rules impacting canna-business operations. There are two key players when operating in this highly-regulated industry: true parties of interest (TPIs) and the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). Understanding who these players are and the role they play in cannabis business operations is critical.

In this seminar, Erik pulls on his experience as a pioneering marijuana attorney in Washington. He has seen how regulatory code plays out in real-world operations. He has taken note of effective methods to work with the LCB and maintain compliance and will share his insight with attendees. He will delve deeper into the most common violations he sees and tips to be proactive and avoid them. Lastly, Erik will offer rules of thumb for marketing and advertising as a cannabis business. This seminar provides lessons that will help cannabis business owners avoid some of the biggest traps we’ve encountered.

Regulatory code and real-world operations are two very different things. How should businesses approach regulations, employees, landlords, investors, and their clientele and vendors, to make sure they are protected? The goal of this presentation is to have the audience members leave with some basic eye-opening guidance.

Attendees will receive real world guidance on how to maintain compliance, enter into savvy negotiations and avoid major issues – ultimately to create stronger businesses with fewer bumps in the road in this developing industry.


Erik Halverson, Managing Attorney, Halverson Law, PLLC

Erik Halverson is the Managing Attorney at Halverson Law, PLLC. He is heavily involved on the front lines of the cannabis industry, having been introduced to the industry during the legalization phase in Colorado and following this up with providing business counsel to the top retailers and producer/processors in Washington State. Through his various work with retailers, producer/processors and ancillary service companies, Erik has grown Halverson Law to occupy a major footprint in the Washington State cannabis 502 industry as a leading 502 cannabis business attorney.

In his marijuana law practice, Erik has assisted in rehabilitating numerous retail and producer operations, obtaining licenses for clients, and navigating the complex and often frustrating regulations that the industry is tied to. Often, these transactions and violation defense require out of the box thinking, a true understanding of the pressures on marijuana-related businesses, and a true commitment to the needs and goals of clients.

Along with being a resource for his clients, Erik also educates other professionals in the marijuana industry. Most recently, he has presented on “Marijuana Business Law” for the National Business Institute and “Pot Law: What you need to know” for Trends. This is Erik’s second year presenting at CannaCon Northwest. Consider this year’s seminar part 2 to his presentation last year, “The Basic Dos and Don’ts of Operating in the Cannabis Industry,” as he delves in deeper to help cannabis business owners avoid some of the biggest traps we’ve encountered.