Washington Cannabis Law Updates (2021)

Aaron Pelley
Fabiola Jimenez
Sarah Turner
Aaron Pelley | Cultiva Law PLLC
Fabiola Jimenez | Cultiva Law PLLC
Sarah Turner | Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
On-Demand: October 25, 2021

$195.00 2 hour CLE

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Program Summary

Washington State Cannabis Laws – Aaron Pelley & Fabiola Jimenez

In this CLE, Cannabis Attorneys Aaron Pelley and Fabiola Jimenez will cover the state of the law in Cannabis and what is allowed in adult recreational use. In addition, they will cover recent developments in the legislature on cannabis use, advertising, and licensing.

Key Topics

  • Covering Initiative I502 and Decriminalization
  • Age Limits and Purchase Limits
  • Buying and Selling
  • Driving and Cannabis
  • Public Use and Travel
  • Legislative Changes to the Laws

Cannabis in the Workplace – Sarah Turner

Cannabis in the Workplace presentation will divided into four parts: (1) What is cannabis and why employers will be facing cannabis issues in the workplace; (2) History of the legalization of cannabis and current status of legalization both federally and by states; (3) Conflict between federal and state laws and a review of the pivotal court cases surrounding the conflict as it relates to employment; and (4) Identifying issues employers should be prepared to address involving accommodation of medicinal use; implementing zero tolerance drug policies; and drug testing.

Key Topics

  • What is cannabis and how it affects the body?
  • Current status of legalization of adult and medicinal use and what to expect in the near future
  • Conflict between federal and state legalization laws with an emphasis on recent case law
  • Accommodations of medicinal use, implementing zero tolerance drug policies, and why drug testing for cannabis is not reliable on its own in determining whether employee is under the influence

Date / Time: October 25, 2021

  • 3:00 pm – 5:10 pm Eastern
  • 2:00 pm – 4:10 pm Central
  • 1:00 pm – 3:10 pm Mountain
  • 12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Pacific

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Aaron Pelley_Cultiva Law PLLC_myLawCLEAaron Pelley | Cultiva Law PLLC

Aaron Pelley is a veritable celebrity in both his achievements as a lawyer, and advocate of cannabis business for over a decade. Having made sizable contributions to the foundation of legal protections surrounding medicinal cannabis law, his passion in this new realm of law drove him forward. This saw the creation of Cultiva and the subsequent creation of a boutique law firm that lies on the pulse of current cannabis law. Aaron is unafraid of change and willing to live on the tip of the spear his entire career. He’ll greet any challenge you present to him with open arms.

In addition to representing cannabis clients and their business interests, Aaron has earned a reputation for effective high-profile litigation. His representative cases convey his ability to handle a diversity of complex legal matters. He has also been invited to speak at Legal Education Seminars and Cannabis Conferences throughout the U.S. and has been repeatedly named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Aaron is personally and professionally passionate about advancing the interests of a legitimate and integrous cannabis industry, establishing and enforcing equitable relationships among business partners, and supporting and promoting the end of the war on cannabis.


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Fabiola Jimenez_Cultiva Law PLLC_myLawCLEFabiola Jimenez | Cultiva Law PLLC

Ms. Jimenez is an Attorney at the firm’s flagship office in Seattle leading the transactional team. She lends her transactional background to the firm’s elite and diverse clients across the nation. She aids her clients with issues regarding privacy, restricted product development, branding, mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation, and general business strategy. Her creative solutions have helped hundreds of clients find the right avenue for success.

Sarah Turner_Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani_myLawCLESarah Turner | Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Sarah Turner is a partner with the Employment/Labor and Cannabis practice groups in the Seattle and Portland office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani. Ms. Turner litigates in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Her practice also includes counseling, training, and representing employers on a broad range of employment law issues, including hiring, review, and termination procedures, workplace investigations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour law.

Since 2012, Ms. Turner has been providing guidance to employers across the country on state cannabis regulations and how to navigate situations related to accommodating and drug testing for cannabis use, reviewing and drafting drug and alcohol policies, and educating employer groups in states that have just legalized cannabis and the potential impact on the workplace. Ms. Turner also provides cannabis business owners with guidance on the respective state’s regulations and application process and representing the business owners in business disputes or administrative actions.

Ms. Turner has been recognized as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer since 2010, and as a Top 50 Women Lawyer in Washington for 2019 and 2020.


Washington State Cannabis Laws | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
I. Covering Initiative I502 and Decriminalization | 3:00pm – 3:10pm
II. Age Limits and Purchase Limits | 3:10pm- 3:20pm
III. Buying and Selling | 3:20pm – 3:30pm
IV. Driving and Cannabis | 3:30pm – 3:40pm
V. Public Use and Travel | 3:40pm – 3:50pm
VI. Legislative Changes to the Laws | 3:50pm – 4:00pm

Break | 4:00pm – 4:10pm

Cannabis in the Workplace | 4:10pm – 5:10pm
I. What is Cannabis? | 4:10pm – 4:16pm
II. History of Cannabis in the United States | 4:16pm – 4:23pm
III. The State of Cannabis Legalization in 2021 and forward | 4:23pm – 4:30pm
IV. Conflict between Federal and State Legalization Laws | 4:30pm – 4:37pm
V. Reviewing the Development of Case Law in the Employment Context | 4:37pm – 4:45pm
VI. Medical Use Accommodations – When is an Employer Required to Accommodate Employee’s Medical Use and How? | 4:45pm – 4:52pm
VII. Can an Employer Still have a Zero Tolerance Drug Policy? | 4:52pm – 4:58pm
VIII. Why Drug Testing is Not Reliable for Determining if an Employee is Under the Influence | 4:58pm – 5:05pm
IX. Best Practices | 5:05pm – 5:10pm