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Updates for 2021

FDLI remains committed to providing high-quality educational programs while keeping our members and event attendees safe during the current pandemic. With this in mind, we are excited to announce that the 2021 Legal and Practical Issues in the Evolving World of Cannabis Regulation will be a completely virtual event. Please know we are actively exploring options to ensure an engaging and enjoyable experience. Be sure to check the conference website regularly for additional announcements and updates.

What’s the Buzz? Cannabis-derived products are at a dynamic legal and regulatory crossroads at both the state and federal level. While cannabis-derived substances above 0.3% THC are still illegal at the federal level, states are continuing to legalize cannabis for medical and/or recreational use; many states even designated cannabis businesses as “essential” during the initial phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Simultaneously, CBD products, many with unsubstantiated drug claims or containing toxic substances, continue to proliferate despite scant FDA oversight. This conference will examine the present reality of this unique industry from both a legal and practical perspective and guide attendees on how to navigate this constantly changing legal environment. Industry experts will untangle the issues related to CBD, cannabis, and other cannabinoids, various regulated product areas (e.g., topicals, supplements, edibles, drugs), and state vs. federal regulation.

Conference Highlights:

  • The current federal regulatory landscape for CBD-derived products
  • CBD safety, product quality, labeling, and marketing considerations
  • CBD litigation and enforcement trends
  • Updates on the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 implementation
  • Cannabis state legalization developments
  • Cannabis research initiatives and regulatory updates



Industry & Firms

  • +$200 for non-members


  • +$100 for non-members


  • +$100 for non-members


  • +$100 for non-members




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Call for Proposals 

FDLI and the Conference Planning Committee thanks those who participated in the Call for Proposals this summer. The input received from industry stakeholders helps us plan a timely program. If you submitted a proposal, you will be notified of the status of your proposal in September.

Planning Committee

Karen Balderama, Wendel Rosen LLP
Tina Beamon, Karyopharm Therapeutics
Rodney Butt, Nutrasource Pharmaceutical & Nutraceutical Services
Katherine Ciambrone, Phillip Morris International
Tara Lin Couch, EAS Consulting Group
Delia Ann Deschaine, Epstein Becker & Green, PC
Samantha Dietle, Hogan Lovells US LLP
William Garvin, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Kate Hardey, McGuireWoods LLP
Jonathan A. Havens, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Keith Matthews, Wiley LLP
Daniel McGee
Deborah Miran, DMiran Consulting
Heike Newman, University of Colorado
Daniel Charles Rubenstein, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Juan Luis Serrano-Leets, Sánchez Devanny
Howard R. Sklamberg, Arnold & Porter LLP
Frederick A. Stearns, Keller and Heckman LLP
Justin M. L. Stern, Duane Morris LLP
Thomas Tobin, Perkins Coie LLP