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In the Weeds: Cannabis Advocacy from the Statehouse to Capitol Hill
Join us for a lively discussion about how to leverage your company, customers, and industry partners to achieve your state, local, and federal advocacy goals. Whether Cannabis is already legal in your state or on the path to being so, learn the advocacy basics to ensure the industry’s, and your company’s, long-term success. This panel of industry experts will discuss:

- What types of activities and interactions with government officials trigger lobbyist registration requirements;
- Best practices for forming coalitions to achieve your advocacy goals, whether at the ballot box or in the statehouse;
- How to form a PAC or other advocacy vehicle; and
- What types of gifts to public officials may be off-limits because of the nature of your Cannabis business.

Mar 31, 2020 01:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Moderator: D. Michael Stroud, Jr.
Partner @Nossaman LLP
Michael Stroud, Jr. brings more than 15 years of legal and legislative policy expertise in border security, infrastructure, national security, tax, transportation, trade, state and local municipal government, and water and wastewater utility. He has advised clients on federal campaign and lobby laws, gift rules, ethics compliance and investigations. Michael has also led efforts on appropriations legislation to obtain legislative changes to advance clients’ interests in the cannabis industry.
Amber Maltbie
Partner @Nossaman LLP
Maltbie is a campaign finance and election law attorney who advises clients in the cannabis industry, including trade associations, private, and publicly traded companies. She advises them on the permissibility of making contributions at the state and local level, preparing and filing campaign finance reports, tracking and notifying public officials who have received client gifts. She has helped develop a banking relationship and facilitated getting its PAC banked. She also advises on support and promotion of ballot measures and legislative advocacy. Amber’s practice covers all 50 states.
William Powers
Partner @Nossaman LLP
William Powers focuses his practice on political law and campaign finance issues. Drawing on his decade-long career in government, including as a top enforcement official at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Bill helps clients navigate laws related to campaign finance, lobbying, ethics, gift and gratuities and pay-to-play. His clients include companies and nonprofits at the cutting edge of their industries, and he brings a collaborative and flexible approach in helping them achieve their advocacy goals in elections, the legislative arena, and the ballot measure and initiative process.