[5/28/20 Zoom Meeting] History of Cannabis Regulations and Current State of the Industry in 2020

History of Cannabis Regulations and Current State of the Industry in 2020 was presented by Neda ShapourianKaty Young of Ad Astra LLP, and Michelle Dylan of The Law Offices of Michelle Dylan.

The legal cannabis landscape in California is growing but still in flux. Clients can be wooed by the perceived opportunity to make money in the cannabis industry and need lawyers who understand what to watch out for in this brand new world.

The speakers will talk about:

  • Cannabis landscape in light of Covid-19
  • Practical considerations for drafting documents, including formation documents and leases
  • Persisting criminal prosecution concerns
  • Highlights of the changing regulations
  • Litigation risks to watch out for


Katy Young

On a typical day you’ll find Katy, Ad Astra’s managing partner and boss lady extraordinaire, out on the front lines advocating fiercely for her clients — as well as behind the scenes, helping to build a law firm full of wonderful people she’s proud of.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” is one of Katy’s life mantras, and she’s never backed down from pursuing the outcome that represents a true victory for each client.

Neda Shapourian

Neda Shapourian advises emerging and small businesses on corporate formation, seed fundraising, venture capital finance, and strategic exits. She founded the firm’s cannabis practice group in 2017 which supports both “touch the plant” and ancillary businesses on corporate structuring, licensing and regulatory compliance, commercial transactions, and strategic risk management. She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, an honor awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40.

Michelle Dylan

Michelle (Thomson) Dylan has 15 years of criminal defense experience successfully representing clients in state and federal court. Known for her tenacity and attention to detail, Michelle has gained the respect of clients, colleagues and prosecutors alike. During her career, she has consistently obtained favorable results in complex and challenging cases, winning before or at trial on such charges as narcotics sales, marijuana cultivation, domestic violence, burglary, theft, fraud and DUI.

Published in 2020, AAC, COVID19, Video Replays, Zoom