Our 6th Annual Preeminent Conference for Cannabis Law Practitioners!

Cannabis Law Institutesm 2023

Igniting Legal Excellence in the Cannabis Industry

Sessions Now Available On Demand!

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3 Days

An immersive educational event that puts you in the room with the foremost cannabis law practitioners!

  • Keynotes and Fireside Chats

  • Dual-track CLE Sessions

  • Socials and Afterparties

24 Sessions

Inform your legal practice with 18+ hrs of CLE sessions that address key industry issues such including:

  • Interstate Commerce

  • International Opportunities

  • Federal Policy & much more!

~100 Speakers

The CLIsm roster is packed with the brightest minds in cannabis law from the USA & around the world, including:

  • Europe

  • Latin America

  • ...and beyond

Nightly Socials

Work hard. Play hard.
Network with your colleagues at lively social gatherings! Schedule and link to details below.

  • June 7 | 4:30pm - 7pm

  • June 8 | 5:30pm - 8pm

  • June 9 | 5:30pm - 8pm

Gold Sponsors

About CLI2023

CANNABIS LAW INSTITUTEsm 2023:
Igniting Legal Excellence in the Cannabis Industry

The International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated Cannabis Law Institutetm 2023 (CLI 2023), the marquee conference dedicated to advancing legal excellence in the rapidly evolving cannabis industry. This dynamic event, widely considered to be the preeminent annual conference for cannabis law practitioners, will take place from June 8 to June 10, 2023, at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.CLI 2023 is set to bring together a diverse array of legal experts, policymakers, and industry pioneers from around the world. As the cannabis landscape continues to transform, this conference will provide attendees with invaluable insights and practical knowledge to navigate the complex legal framework surrounding the industry."We are excited to host the Cannabis Law Institute 2023 and provide an exceptional platform for legal professionals and industry leaders to collaborate, learn, and share cutting-edge legal strategies," said Jason Horst, President of the INCBA. "This conference is instrumental in shaping the future of the cannabis industry, fostering innovation, and ensuring compliance with evolving legal standards."Spanning three insightful days, the INCBA Cannabis Law Institute 2023 will feature a robust program packed with keynote addresses, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, covering a wide range of critical topics. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with esteemed experts and gain profound insights into emerging legal trends,
regulatory challenges, business opportunities, and social equity issues in the cannabis industry.
Sessions will include thought-provoking discussions such as "Legacy to Legal: Balancing Incentives and Enforcement," "Descheduling vs Rescheduling," "The Intersection of Law, Policy, and Science: Contradiction or Complement?," and "Here Comes the Money: Banking and Payment Processing in the Cannabis Industry."The INCBA Cannabis Law Institute 2023 offers unparalleled networking opportunities, fostering connections among legal professionals, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and industry influencers.


Agenda at-a-glance

June 8th

June 8th

  • 8:00-9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00-9:30am: CLI 2023 Introduction by Conference Co-Chairs

  • 9:30-10:30am: Congressional Fireside with Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA): A robust conversation about federal legalization with a leading champion of cannabis in Congress. View on YouTube┬«

  • 10:40-11:40am: Developments in Federal Cannabinoid Regulation: Federal agencies (FDA and FTC) will discuss developments in federal cannabinoid regulation, including the regulation of hemp and CBD and other cannabinoids. View on YouTube┬«

  • 11:50am-12:50pm: Legacy to Legal: Balancing Incentives and Enforcement View on YouTube┬«

  • 2:00-2:50pm: The Intersection of Law, Policy, and Science: Contradiction or Complement? Keynote by Dr. Amanda Reiman, Chief Knowledge Officer at New Frontier Data View on YouTube┬«

  • 3:00-4:15pm: 2nd Annual Summary of Precedential Rulings and Litigation Trends View for CLE

  • 4:25-5:25pm: State of Global Cannabis Industry View on YouTube┬«

June 9th

June 9th (Room L201)

  • 9:30-10:30am: Surrounded by Stressors: Attorney Suicide Risk, Mental Health, and Competence

  • 10:40am-11:40am: Balancing Zealous Advocacy With the Duty of Candor - and Conscience

  • 11:50am-12:50pm: Contracting in the Supply Chain

  • 2-3:00pm: Federal Cannabis Legislation and Regulation

  • 3:10pm-4:10pm: Federal Hemp Legislation and Regulation

  • 4:20pm-5:20pm: Pathways to Ending Federal Prohibition: An Overview of Descheduling & Rescheduling

June 9th (Room L301)

  • 9:30-10:30am: Interstate Commerce in Theory: Raich, the Dormant Commerce Clause, and How Challenges to Social Equity Programs Could Impact Interstate Cannabis Commerce

  • 10:40-11:40am: Interstate Commerce in Statehouses and the Courts: What Will Ultimately Bring About the Onset of Interstate Sales?

  • 11:50am-12:50am: Interstate Commerce in Practice: What will Interstate commerce actually look like, and how will it be regulated?

  • 2:00-3:00pm: Risky Business: Managing Risk Within a Cannabis Company.

  • 3:10pm-4:10pm: Here Comes the Money: Banking and Payment Processing in the Cannabis Industry

  • 4:20pm-5:20pm: Unmasking Social Equity: A Multifaceted Analysis of State Programs

June 10th

June 10th (Room L201)

  • 9:30-10:30am: Exploring Emerging Adult Use Markets in the Americas: Opportunities and Challenges

  • 10:40am-11:40am: Medical Cannabis: Overview of Emerging Legal Issues and their Impact on the International Market

  • 11:50am-12:50pm: Canada: What Federal Legalization Looks Like 4 years Later and What Have We Learned

June 10th (Room L301)

  • 9:30-10:30am: High Stakes: Navigating Supply Chain Dynamics in Cannabis Regulatory Licensing Models

  • 10:40-11:40am: Regulating Cannabinoids: A Comparative Analysis of Intoxicating and Non-Intoxicating Models

  • 11:50am-12:50am: Navigating the Highs and Lows of Cannabis Regulatory ComplianceÔÇöInsights, Best Practices, and Hurdles

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

June 8th


Jack Morton Auditorium

805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

June 9th & 10th (CLE Sessions)


The George Washington University Law School

2000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Each year, INCBA holds its annual event at a law school around the continental US. We search for a location that can support our growing numbers, but provide the intimate setting and academic influence that makes our members and attendees strive for legal excellence. We are so thrilled to return to GW Law for just these reasons.

Hotels Nearest to Event Venues

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Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom

515 20th Street NW Washington, DC 20006

Hotel Lombardy

2019 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20006

The Hive

2224 F St NW, Washington, DC 20037

CLI 2023 Program

CLI 2023 Course Materials

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INSTRUCTIONS: Course materials are organized into folders for each session located within folders for each day.

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