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Hot Markets: The Canna-License Dating Game (Adult Use Edition)

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Ryan Agnew |  David Ruskin |  Lara DeCaro |  Eric D Postow |  Andrea Steel |  Eliyahu Scheiman, J.D. |  Fatima Afia |  Steve Schain |  Corey Barnette |  Katherine Bierwas
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Come play the dating game! Our contestants are each license applicants who are given a choice of three potential states (the potential suitors) in which to apply. In two rounds, each contestant will interview representatives from three "states" and pick the best match, but won't know what state they picked until the selection process is over. Come join us for this completely new way to provide fun and education.



This program is eligible for 1 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. 

INCBA webinars are eligible for credit in the following states: AR, AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT,DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, MN, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VT, WV, and WI . Additional states may be available for credit upon self-application by attendees. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.

INCBA on demand programs are eligible for credit in the following states: AR, AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT,DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, MN, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VT, WV, and WI . Additional states may be available for credit upon self-application by attendees. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted.

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Ryan Agnew's Profile

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The Law Office of Ryan R. Agnew, PS

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HMB Legal Counsel

David is a partner with the Chicago-based law firm, HMB Legal Counsel.  Following 25 years of litigating business and tax disputes, in 2016 David turned his full energy to focus on providing legal counsel to the cannabis industry, representing entrepreneurs, investors and business owners, both plant touching and ancillary trades.

David enjoys guiding clients through the life-cycle of cannabis operations, starting with the regulatory maze for state licensing of cannabis businesses followed by the myriad of general and regulatory counsel needs during the course of the company’s life, from start-up issues through sale events and the multitude of legal challenges in between. David has been successful in securing numerous licenses and cross-border agreements in various states for clients, with the help of his HMB Legal cannabis team.

Known as an excellent listener, David’s approach is efficient and focused on his client’s business goals. Ultimately, David’s biggest satisfaction comes from moving the cannabis industry forward, both through legal work and also making introductions within his wide network of cannabis business friends and colleagues. To that end, David co-founded CannaMatch in 2021, for the purpose of matching newly licensed growers, processors and retailers with the numerous industry service providers in an organized, efficient and confidential fashion. David’s other hours are spent active with the International Cannabis Bar Association, the Illinois Cannabis Bar Association and the Illinois Craft Cannabis Association…when not with his family, their golden-doodle Boyd, or enjoying live music.   

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Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger and Melnick

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Parlatore Law Group

Eric Postow is a partner at Parlatore Law Group and focuses his practice on advising those in the cannabis industry, primarily with risk mitigation, compliance planning, business development, negotiations, litigation support, and outside general counsel.

Mr. Postow brings a business-focused approach to his legal practice as former top producer for a Washington, DC based staffing firm. By working in the recruiting trenches, he saw first had the day-to-day business, staffing and legal needs of diverse companies spanning multiple industries. As a skilled negotiator, Mr. Postow has earned a reputation of being a shrewd advocate and deal maker for his clients. Eric assists companies progress from startup to mature market participants with composed counsel and thoughtful advice. In Virginia, Mr. Postow primarily advises clients in the staffing, human resources and cannabis industries.  

In addition to his legal work, Mr. Postow is also a veteran of the United States Marines in a variety of management and leadership roles, having earned two personal military decorations (Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Commendation Medal). Additionally, Mr. Postow has been actively involved in supporting civil rights issues, most recently as a member of the NAACP. Eric is a regular contributor for Cannabis Business Executive Press.

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Frost Brown Todd LLC

Andrea Steel is a Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC, where she provides legal services to individuals and companies starting or expanding their cannabis businesses in Texas, Oklahoma and beyond.  Andrea’s cannabis business clients come from across the supply chain spectrum from cultivators to retailers to ancillary businesses, where she advises on regulatory compliance, hemp/medical marijuana licensing, cannabis-related business issues, product labeling/marketing, policy-making participation, real estate issues and more. Andrea also represents clients in structuring and financing complex real estate transactions that often involve economic development incentives, tax credits and exemptions, and layering of highly regulated funding sources, including government grants and loans. She is also experienced with assisting clients navigate through the various state agency processes, including assistance with funding applications, appeals, and compliance issues.

Andrea joined Frost Brown Todd in 2021.  Previously, Andrea was a partner at Coats Rose for more than 12 years, where she launched and led their Cannabis Business Law practice group. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 2009 and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a double-major Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 2002. During her time at the University of Houston Law Center, she served as an Articles Editor for the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal and was a recipient of the Lex Award for Scholastic Excellence in Practice Skills. Andrea’s academic achievement also earned her a membership in the Order of the Barons Scholastic Honor Society. While earning her law degree, she served as an intern for Justice John S. Anderson of the 14th Court of Appeals, an extern for the Center for Children, Law, and Policy, and participated in the Law Center’s Civil Practice Clinic. Prior to becoming an attorney, Andrea’s professional experience was in the criminal justice field, where she supervised halfway house residents in Maryland and served as a parole and probation officer in both Washington, D.C. and Harris County, Texas.

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Rudick Law Group, PLLC

Fatima Afia is a cannabis attorney and civil litigator at Rudick Law Group, PLLC, with a background in commercial and business litigation, land use and landmarks law matters, and disability insurance law. As a litigator, Fatima was an instrumental member of the litigation team behind Washington v. Barr, a pro-bono lawsuit brought against the federal government that sought to declare the federal law criminalizing cannabis unconstitutional. As part of her work in Washington v. Barr, Fatima led the effort in securing overwhelming amicus support before the U.S. Supreme Court from seven members of Congress, 19 disparate and highly regarded organizations, and two eminent cannabis researchers and scientists. In connection with her disability insurance work, she has helped secure and maintain disability benefits for clients from some of the largest disability insurance companies in the United States, playing a vital role in the firm's successful administrative appeal against Unum Insurance Company which resulted in an award of approximately $1 million in retroactive benefits for the client. 

As a cannabis attorney, Fatima assists cannabis clients navigate the legal cannabis and hemp industry in the areas of corporate law and regulatory compliance, business transactions, litigation, and state licensing applications in various jurisdictions including New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Fatima is also a social equity advocate, providing instrumental testimony to the Cannabis Control Commission in Massachusetts in 2019 which resulted in an expedited license application-review process for women-and-minority-owned businesses that were unfairly excluded from the regulatory definition of a social equity applicant. Fatima is also an article contributor for Marijuana Venture, has regularly organized and chaired CLE panels and events for the International Cannabis Bar Association (“INCBA”), and is the Co-Chair of INCBA’s CLE Committee. She was the Moot Court Winner at the Medical Cannabis Conference held at Columbia University in 2019, and in 2021 was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Fatima attended Brooklyn Law School where she graduated in the top 20% percent of her graduating class. 

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Senior Counsel

Smart Counsel

2019 National Law Journal “Finance, Banking, & Capital Markets Trailblazer” award winner, Steve Schain represents entities, governments and individuals in litigation, regulation, compliance, loan drafting, licensing applications, and entity formation.  A nationally recognized financial services, consumer finance litigation, banking law and cannabis law expert, Steve is a The Legal Intelligencer, New Jersey Law Journal, and Cannabis Business Executive columnist and serves as a court appointed judge pro tempore and arbitrator. 

Steve is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of, and teaches “Cannabis Law” at, Stockton University, one of only 5 universities offering a minor in Cannabis Studies. Steve serves on, and makes regular presentations to, National Cannabis Industry Association, International Cannabis Bar Association, Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Group, and Marijuana Business Daily.  Steve also serves on both Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Washington State, Utah and Philadelphia County administrative committees charged with drafting and revising state and local cannabis related regulations. 

Steve earned his B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Law Review and graduated with honors.  Before entering private practice, Steve served as law clerk to a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

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Founder | CEO

District Growers

In 2008, a friend and colleague invited me to serve on the board of – and eventually acquire – the San Diego Medical Collective (SDMC), a dispensary in San Diego, California. The purchase of SDMC was my entry to the formal medical cannabis industry. While operating in San Diego, my team and I built two of the ten largest dispensaries out of more than 238 dispensaries in the San Diego area. We served a patient base greater than 16,000 patients strong and produced approximately 30% of the medicine provided within our own patient gardens. After federal authorities began threatening landlords in the San Diego area, I sold the operations in San Diego to my employees after converting our platform to a delivery service.

Upon winning a license in Washington, D.C., where I maintained residence since 1999, I founded District Growers to offer medical marijuana program patients with safe, high-quality, medicinal-grade cannabis and cannabis-infused products. I also acquired the Metropolitan Wellness Center, a licensed dispensary in Washington, D.C., to provide a high-quality, dignified purchasing experience to patients in a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment. Leveraging our prior experience, knowledge of local preferences, and superior operating tactics, we have become the largest dispensary operator in Washington, D.C., with approximately a third of patients belonging to our dispensary exclusively.

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