Updated: June 2, 2023

Liquor, Cannabis & Psychedelics Law Section

The Liquor, Cannabis, and Psychedelics Law Section works to connect, inform, guide, and support practitioners in these highly regulated and technical areas of law. The Section is comprised of a network of highly skilled practitioners working together to interpret the rules, regulations, and industry developments in order to further best practice guidelines for these developing and established industries.

The Section provides benefits to members by providing networking and education opportunities to attorneys who practice in or are interested in the practice of liquor, cannabis, or psychedelics law. The Section serves as a repository of information to guide practitioners through these highly technical areas of law, provides advice to the Bar, as requested, on proposed legislation, court rules, and other matters, and provides resources and education to legislators and regulators. 


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Section Executive Committee Elections

The Section is conducting elections for open positions on the executive committee.

Voting is scheduled for June 5-19, 2023. All voting members of the Section will be sent an electronic ballot from SurveyMonkey via email on June 5, 2023.

Candidate Information, Open Positions, and Terms
For more information about the Section and its executive committee, please review the Section's bylaws.

At-Large Member
One position open. Remainder of current term ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Candidate: Kimberly Kwan | Statement of Interest

Questions? Email sections@wsba.org.

NEW! Webinar - Intellectual Property Overview: Liquor, Cannabis, & Psychedelics

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Developed in partnership with the WSBA Liquor, Cannabis, and Psychedelics Law Section

Attendees will learn the basics of trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent law as they pertain to the Liquor, Cannabis, & Psychedelics industries.

When: June 29, 2023

Time: Noon-1 p.m. PDT

Credits: 1.00 Law & Legal Procedure

$0 - Liquor, Cannabis, and Psychedelics Law Section Members (discount applied at checkout)
$35 - Standard/Non-Section Members

Peter Becker - Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness, Seattle
Jessica Kiser - Gonzaga University Law School, Spokane
Joshua Ashby - Fox Rothschild LLP, Seattle

11:30 a.m. Webinar Login Opens
12 p.m. Webinar Begins
1 p.m. Adjourn

Information on how to join the live event along with the course material will be emailed separately.

Registration will close on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at noon PDT.

For webinar technical support, please email kkwan@foxrothschild.com.

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Our Section Is Expanding!

Thank you to those members who completed the survey sent out in October. Your responses were overwhelmingly in support of expanding the section scope. I have included at the bottom of this email the responses we received. Based on such responses, the Section Executive Committee approved amended bylaws that expanded the section scope to include liquor law and psychedelics law. On Saturday, the section proposed such amended bylaws to the Board of Governors, who approved the proposal, including our request for a new section name. The Cannabis Law Section is now the Liquor, Cannabis, and Psychedelics Law Section. The executive committee is already working on a slew of valuable programming involving these three core practice areas.

Although the members largely supported this expansion, it is clear from the minority of survey responses that some practitioners would prefer that the section remain cannabis-specific. I want to reassure you that the section remains committed to cannabis law and the needs of cannabis law practitioners. We believe this is a positive move forward for the section and we look forward to providing engaging and valuable resources to the members in all three areas of law.

No, the Cannabis Law Section should limit its subject matter to Cannabis related topics 10.53%; 2 votes
Yes, the Cannabis Law Section should broaden its subject matter to include psychedelic law 21.05%; 4 votes
Yes, the Cannabis Law Section should broaden its subject matter to include alcoholic beverage law 0.00%; 0 votes
Yes, the Cannabis Law Section should broaden its subject matter to include both psychedelic law and alcoholic beverage law 68.42%; 13 votes
TOTAL 19 votes

Executive Committee

Chair: Alexis Hartwell-Gobeske (2022-2024)

Secretary: Emmelyn Hart (2022-2024)

Treasurer: Heather Wolf (2022-2024)

Immediate Past Chair: Sativa Rasmussen (2022-2024)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Erik Kaeding (2022-2023) and  Mary Rathbone (2022-2023)

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Lane Conrad (2022-2024)

At-Large Members

Joshua Ashby (2022-2024)

Christopher Bueter (2022-2024)

Anastasia Gilmartin (2022-2024)

Peter Becker (2022-2024)

Brenda George (2022-2024)

*Nonvoting member

Interested in learning more about the Section? Interested in getting involved? Contact sections@wsba.org.