Effective Legislative Advocacy: Local, State & Federal
This webinar will cover the following:
PURPOSE: To provide ACNA members the tools they need to effectively advocate for policy change at the local, state, and national levels.
LOCAL ADVOCACY GOALS
• Understanding local government structures
• Identifying policy goals
• How to gauge local sentiment regarding cannabis policy
• Understanding who your audience needs to be
• Crafting your message
STATE ADVOCACY GOALS
• Understanding individual state governmental structure
• Identifying state representatives/lawmakers
• Effective relationship building
• Effective messaging
• Overcoming hostile lawmakers/prohibitionists
FEDERAL ADVOCACY GOALS
• Crafting a realistic policy goal
• Identifying national organization/association partners
• Becoming involved with national organizations/associations
• Understanding the nuances of federal lobbying
• Participating in organized lobbying events
• Restating the main learning goals for each level of advocacy
• Identifying the similarities and differences between the different levels of advocacy
• Discussion of the difficulties inherent in each level of advocacy and how to overcome them
• Encouraging members to get out and advocate
• Q&A for member questions
Timothy Fair, Esq. is the founder of Vermont’s first cannabis law practice, Vermont Cannabis Solutions. Mr. Fair has been a vocal advocate for both cannabis and overall drug policy reform for most of his adult life. Since becoming an attorney in 2012, he has been fortunate enough to be part of the statewide movement to establish a regulated cannabis industry in Vermont. Mr. Fair has been featured on Ganjapreneur, a national cannabis-industry podcast, and has participated in several panel discussions, podcasts and livestreams discussing cannabis law in Vermont and beyond. Most recently, Mr. Fair was tapped to help design and teach Vermont’s first continuing legal education (CLE) course on Cannabis Business Law. Mr. Fair lives in Williston, VT.
Andrew Subin, JD ’92, has practiced criminal defense, with an emphasis on cannabis defense, for over 25 years. Throughout his career, he has been a vocal advocate for cannabis law reform. In the early nineties, Mr. Subin was the first attorney in Washington State to employ medical necessity as a defense to charge of growing marijuana, representing a woman who was growing on behalf of a patient with severe glaucoma. Mr. Subin has published on the subject of civil asset forfeiture and its constitutional ramifications and argued (unsuccessfully) to the Washington Supreme Court that asset forfeiture in conjunction with criminal prosecution violates the constitutional prohibition of double jeopardy. In 2018, Mr. Subin relocated from Bellingham, Washington to Burlington, Vermont and joined Vermont Cannabis Solutions, the first cannabis business law firm in the state. Vermont Cannabis Solutions represents over 80 cannabis businesses in the hemp and CBD industry. Mr. Subin is also currently working with individuals and businesses as they prepare for the imminent emergence of the regulated recreational cannabis market in Vermont.
Vermont Cannabis Solutions opened in August 2018 to serve the legal needs of Vermont’s cannabis industry, for both hemp and CBD, and the upcoming legal adult use industry. They are Vermont’s only dedicated cannabis law firm, and they work continuously to stay abreast of the ever-changing developments in the cannabis industry.
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