Last week, some of Vermont’s leading cannabis industry experts held the state’s first Continuing Legal Education seminar to help interested attorneys prepare for cannabis legalization. The six-and-a-half hour seminar covered federal policies; banking, financing, and taxation; Vermont’s legislative-approved law; best practices; and ethics.
The seminar was sponsored by the National Business Institute and conducted by Timothy Fair, of Blodgett, Watts & Volk PC, Tripp Murray, managing partner for Virentium Advisors – a cannabis consulting firm – and state Rep. Janssen Willhoit (R-Caledonia), who earned a law degree from Vermont Law School and serves on the House Committee on Judiciary.
Willhoit recently sponsored a bill that would allow municipalities the ability to pass “public nuisance” ordinances for cannabis odor, which is currently in the Government Operations Committee. Willhoit voted in favor of the legalization measure.
Fair, who also founded consultant firm Vermont Cannabis Solutions, said when he was initially approached by NBI to develop and present at the seminar he had one immediate condition: remove any references to “marijuana” and replace them with “cannabis.”
“They were amazingly cool about doing that,” Fair