PITTSBURGH, PA – July 8, 2021 – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce a new episode of its Cannabis LawTalk podcast featuring an interview with attorneys Tobi Lebowitz, the Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs at Jushi Holdings Inc., and Alissa (Ali) Jubelirer, a legal consultant in the cannabis industry, to discuss the status of women currently involved in or looking to enter the cannabis industry. Both Tobi and Ali entered the industry in the last 3-4 years and have experienced, even within that time, the growth in opportunities for both women and minorities to excel their careers within that space. This episode is all about learning to create a more inclusive work space for attorneys interested in entering this new field, and the benefits of getting into a less than traditional industry for women and minorities alike. The full episode can be accessed here.
Premiering in 2020, Cannabis LawTalk (www.cannabislawtalk.com) features Leech Tishman Cannabis Partners Ken Foltz, Christopher Gonzalez, and Michael H. Sampson as they discuss the business, politics, and law of the ever-changing cannabis industry. The podcast is national in scope, with particular attention on the newest cannabis legalization trends in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania.
As of June 2021, 17 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Guam, have legalized recreational marijuana. In addition, almost 80% of states allow for the use of medical marijuana. According to Forbes, spending on legal cannabis worldwide is expected to reach $57 billion by 2027.
Cannabis LawTalk offers listeners insight, guidance, legal analysis, and industry developments on the cannabis industry in layman’s terms. The target audience for this podcast includes those who are interested in starting, purchasing, or investing in a cannabis, CBD, THC cannabinoid business or operating in the international industrial hemp arena, or are simply curious about the industry and its impact on communities and its citizens.
The podcasts are available to download at www.cannabislawtalk.com or can be streamed directly from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.
About the Hosts, Ken & Chris & Mike
Kenneth C. Foltz, Sr. is a Partner with Leech Tishman and is based in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group and co-leads the firm’s Cannabis Industry Group. Ken advises business clients on a wide range of issues including complex real estate transactions spanning industrial, office, residential and residential developments, financing structures and zoning and planning compliance.
Christopher Gonzalez is a Partner with Leech Tishman and is based in the firm’s Pasadena office. He is a member of the Corporate Practice Group, where he co-leads the Data Privacy team. Chris also co-leads the Cannabis Industry Group. Chris focuses his practice on business, corporate and civil law, intellectual property, entertainment, and internet matters, as well as assisting professionals in selected immigration matters.
Michael H. Sampson is a Partner with Leech Tishman and is also based in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, where he leads the Insurance Coverage team. Mike also co-leads the Cannabis Industry Group. Mike represents diverse clients in a variety of complex civil and commercial litigation and other matters across the country. He regularly advises U.S. and international cannabis-related businesses, as well as ancillary businesses servicing the U.S. cannabis industry.
About the Cannabis Industry Group
Leech Tishman’s Cannabis Industry Group was created to provide comprehensive guidance to cannabis companies, investors, ancillary service companies and real estate owners/ developers regarding the unique legal landscape of the cannabis industry.
Leech Tishman’s multi-disciplined practice group assists clients to address complex issues in the following areas:
- Applications for Grower and Processor & Dispensary Licenses
- Licensing Certification Process for Successful Applicants
- Structuring Investment Structures / Joint Venture Agreements
- Real Estate Transactions (Acquisitions and Leasing), including Land Use and Zoning Approvals and Landowner Considerations
ABOUT LEECH TISHMAN
Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. Leech Tishman offers legal services in business restructuring & insolvency, corporate matters, employment & labor, estates & trusts, intellectual property, litigation & alternative dispute resolution, and real estate. In addition, the firm offers a wide range of legal services to clients in the aviation & aerospace, cannabis, construction, energy & natural resources, healthcare, and hospitality industries. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Leech Tishman also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota and Wilmington, DE.
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