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Jessica McElfresh

Attorney-at-Law

McElfresh Law, Inc.


Jessica C. McElfresh of McElfresh Law, Inc. has worked in cannabis law and policy since 2010. She is the Chair of the International Cannabis Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and a member of its Board of Directors.  Jessica focuses on local and state applications, land use, regulatory compliance, and business law.  She represents cannabis retailers, distributors, cultivators, manufacturers, and testing labs, as well as landlords and ancillary businesses.  She has guided clients through successful applications in jurisdictions such as the City of San Diego, La Mesa, and the County of San Diego. 

 

Jessica has authored or advised on nearly ten local ballot measures to regulate cannabis businesses.  Successes include Measure U in La Mesa and Measure V in Lemon Grove in 2016 and Measure H in Encinitas in 2020.  As part of this work, Jessica has won writs of mandate at the local and appellate level to compel local governments and registrars of voters to accept petitions and count voter signatures.

 

Jessica represents people facing discipline or loss of state and local licenses, particularly in the cannabis industry.  She began her career in criminal defense and continues to take select cases.  Jessica has unique experience with the crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege and the duties of an attorney under investigation or facing criminal charges. 

 

Outside of her law practice, Jessica is an advocate for cannabis and broader drug policy reform.  She is an advisory board member for A New PATH, an organization dedicated to promoting therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies.  Jessica served as a consultant for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California about how Proposition 64 affects criminal justice reform and individual rights. 

 

Jessica grew up in San Diego and graduated summa cum laude from Scripps College before attending the University of San Diego School of Law on a Dean’s Honor Scholarship.  She has spoken at conferences and taught continuing legal education classes for organizations and law schools including the National Cannabis Industry Association Business Summit & Expo, Practicing Law Institute, International Cannabis Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, and University of San Diego School of Law.  Her publications include “Attorney Ethics and Cannabis: Conflicts of Laws, Conflicts of Interest, and Attorney-Client Privilege for Cannabis Practitioners” (CLA Real Property Journal Vol. 38, No. 4 2020).

 

Product Type
On Demand

Ethics


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Category:
Ethics |  Regulatory Rounds
Faculty:
Jessica McElfresh |  Sophia Cope |  Hannah Stitt |  Heather Segal
Duration:
60 minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
SKU:
INCBA072420ETOD
License:
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.
Short Description:
This panel will cover not only the law and current developments, but also offer practical advice for traveling, consuming, and securing privilege while practicing cannabis law.
Price:
$75.00 - Non Member Price

Product Type
On Demand

Average Rating:
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Bundles:
CLI2022
Category:
Business of Law |  Ethics |  Mindfullness |  Regulations
Faculty:
Jessica McElfresh |  Joslin E. Monahan |  Tom Firestone
Duration:
1 Hour 25 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
SKU:
INCBA072022KYCOD
License:
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.
Short Description:
In this CLE, you will learn about best practices and how to avoid common pitfalls in the rules of professional conduct. The panel will also provide an update on current proposals growing out of the at...
Price:
$75.00 - Non Member Price

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