Cannabis and Hemp Law

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Cannabis and Hemp Law

Welcome to one of the ACBA’s newest section created especially for attorneys interested in the cannabis industry.

Although small, the Cannabis and Hemp Law Section has dedicated committee filled with passionate and experienced lawyers focusing on cannabis business law, public policy, and financing. The Committee anticipates a large growth period for the section, reflective of the growth seen in the commercial cannabis space seen both in the state of California, across the nation, and across international borders. We strive to provide an ongoing forum for our members to network and become familiar with existing and new laws affecting commercial cannabis industry. The Executive Committee intends to provide robust and substantial continuing education programs presented by knowledgeable and experienced people so our members can obtain timely information relevant to the fast pace of cannabis public policy change.

If you have time, please note that we have a standing invitation for any interested attorney to attend our Executive Committee meetings where lively discussions of current events frequently occur and gripes about the cannabis industry are exchanged.

The goal of the Committee is to provide information and networking opportunities to provide clients with the best information possible to create a compliant, legal, and profitable commercial cannabis business.

ACBA’s Cannabis & Hemp Law Section provides attorneys interested in the cannabis and hemp industries with an opportunity to learn about legal issues relevant to the section and network with other section members.

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Executive Committee
Shay Gilmore

Shay Aaron Gilmore


The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore
415 846 6397

Shay Aaron Gilmore is an attorney working with cannabis companies across California who are engaged in all aspects of the legal cannabis industry – including cultivation, manufacturing, product labeling and packaging, distribution and retail sales. Prior to practicing in the cannabis space, Shay worked as in-house counsel for national and global financial services companies. While working as in-house counsel, Shay implemented company-wide compliance programs, conducted corporate investigations, and worked with business partners to negotiate and draft agreements to meet business objectives. Shay graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2001. Following law school, in 2004, Shay was awarded the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services. Shay serves as the current Vice-Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Cannabis Law Committee. Shay holds a B.A. in Economics, Spanish and Policy Studies from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Pamela Epstein

Pamela Epstein


1212 Broadway Ste 910
Oakland, CA 94612

Beth Hodess

Beth Hoddess


Beth H. Hodess, Esq., LL.M. Tax Advocate/Mediator
President, OnPoint Legal Counsel, PC
2930 Domingo Ave., #207
Berkeley, CA 94705