Updated: March 13, 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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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Application Deadline is 5 p.m. April 17, 2023.

The following section executive committee position is open for applications. This term will begin upon election.

  • At-Large Member (one position open): remainder of current term ending Sept. 30, 2024.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review this volunteer position description, which provides a general overview of section executive committee positions—these may differ for each section.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Go to the myWSBA portal to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest with your application. This document can be uploaded with your online application (pdf format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Note: If you are applying for more than one position on this or multiple sections’ committees, you must complete and submit all applications at the same time, as you will not be allowed back into the portal at a later time. Please make sure you are completing the applications within the application window for all of the relevant sections.

Nomination Process: Nominations and elections for open Executive Committee positions will be held between March and June. The Chair shall appoint a Nominating Committee to nominate one or more persons for each open Executive Committee position. The Nominating Committee shall report its nominees to the Executive Committee for approval prior to the annual meeting.

Alternate Nomination Process: Other nominations for the same positions may be made from the floor at the annual meeting. Individuals may nominate themselves.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2023. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.



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.