A group of experienced cannabis-industry lawyers on Wednesday announced they have come together to establish the National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA) to provide attorneys with educational and networking opportunities that will help them better serve clients in the marijuana industry.
The cannabis industry operates in an exceptionally complex legal environment with rapidly changing state and local laws that are routinely in conflict with federal law. The NCBA is a specialty bar association dedicated to supporting business attorneys as they help businesses navigate this difficult landscape.
“As more and more states decriminalize or legalize cannabis – and set up their own regulatory structures – the legal conditions cannabis industry clients and their attorneys face are likely to get even more complex before they get simpler,” said Shabnam Malek, founding president and executive director, NCBA. “The NCBA will offer support and advocacy for attorneys working with businesses in this rapidly changing, swiftly emerging industry.”
The NCBA will serve as an educational and organizational resource for its members – seeking to promote and maintain the highest standards of practice among attorneys working in the cannabis industry. The group will also serve as a resource for businesses looking for qualified cannabis industry attorneys.