Examining the Cannabis Administration & Opportunity Act – A Deep Dive into Proposed Comprehensive Reform of Federal Cannabis Laws


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credits (WA 1 Law and Legal)

United States Senators Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker and Ron Wyden released a long-anticipated bill that would provide for comprehensive federal cannabis reform. The Cannabis Administration & Opportunity Act, in its current form, would legalize and regulate cannabis federally, similarly to the way alcohol and tobacco are currently regulated. It is a far-reaching proposal addressing hemp, CBD, the Controlled Substances Act, federal regulation of cannabis products, social equity, restorative justice, research, taxation, and prevention of market concentration while preserving the integrity of existing state cannabis laws. The CAOA will be the foundation upon which eventual federal legalization and regulation is built. Therefore, it is critically important for those with interest in the cannabis industry to understand the key components of the Act and what the federally regulated interstate cannabis market will be in the future.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Changes to the federal treatment of hemp and CBD
•   Federal taxation of cannabis products akin to the taxes imposed on alcohol and tobacco
•   Significance of being regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the Food and Drug Administration
•   Social equity initiatives and restorative justice reforms
•   Attempt to address the prevention of market concentration in an interstate cannabis market

Date / Time: October 19, 2021

•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
•   10:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain
•   9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: October 19, 2021

Greg Kaufman_Eversheds Sutherland_myLawCLEGreg Kaufman | Eversheds Sutherland

Greg Kaufman is a partner in the litigation group at Eversheds Sutherland. A resident of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, he defends clients in government investigations, regulatory enforcement actions and litigation. His clients include food and beverage companies, financial services firms and companies in the commodities, securities, and energy industries.  He co-founded and co-leads the Eversheds Sutherland Cannabis Industry Team.  Marrying his expertise in agricultural commodities with a deep understanding of the highly regulated cannabis industry, he helps industry participants and service providers navigate overlapping and, often, conflicting state and federal regulatory regimes to achieve their business goals.  He frequently writes and speaks on the legal and regulatory issues confronting the diverse cannabis industry.  Greg is co-author of “The State of Cannabis Law – A Fifty State Compendium” published by Wolters Kluwer and he is recognized as a Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyer.

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1. Changes to the federal treatment of hemp and CBD | 12:00pm – 12:10pm
2. Federal taxation of cannabis products akin to the taxes imposed on alcohol and tobacco | 12:10pm – 12:20pm
3. Significance of being regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the Food and Drug Administration | 12:20pm -12:30pm
4. Social equity initiatives and restorative justice reforms | 12:30pm – 12:40pm
5. Attempt to address the prevention of market concentration in an interstate cannabis market | 12:40pm – 1:00pm