Cannabis Industrial Marketplace

Aaron Lachant


Session Title: What You Need to Know: Illinois Licensing and Competitive Applications

Professional Summary

Aaron Lachant has been at the forefront of the cannabis industry since 2009. He is the CEO of the consultancy MMLG, LLC and a partner in the health care law firm Nelson Hardiman, LLP. Under his guidance, MMLG has obtained over 120 licenses, permits, and authorizations to engage in cannabis activity for clients. He has worked on projects in California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Missouri, and other states. Aaron recently worked on a competitive licensing project in which MMLG’s client scored 3rd out of 128 dispensary applicants.

Aaron’s work has grown alongside the expansion and evolution of the plant-touching industry. He has worked on many sophisticated corporate transactions, advising clients on M&A deals, partnership disputes, and litigation involving regulatory violations. Aaron’s practice is devoted to keeping marijuana businesses open and consults with regulators in various jurisdictions to keep laws favorable. In 2016, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors appointed him to serve on the county working group for cannabis regulations. In 2018, he drafted Measure G which legalized adult use cannabis retailers in Malibu.

Aaron was listed as one of the California Daily Journal’s Top 40 under 40 lawyers for his in-depth knowledge and expertise of the ever-changing cannabis industry. He was also recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2018 and 2019 Southern California Rising Star.

Session Abstract

As Illinois transitions from medical to adult-use cannabis, a lot of businesses are excited about the prospect of new clients. However, legalization and adult-use licensing in Illinois entails a lot more than just filing some paperwork. Join Amanda Ostrowitz, CEO and Founder of CannaRegs, and MMLG's CEO, Aaron Lachant, as they discuss what companies need to know about Illinois cannabis licensing and competitive applications.
About CannaRegs (Booth 227): CannaRegs is the leading regulatory platform for the cannabis industry. The platform maintains an up-to-date database on municipal and jurisdictional regulations and guidelines on cannabis across the United States.
About MMLG (Booth 542): MMLG is a national leader in cannabis consulting. Established a decade ago, MMLG has worked with cannabis clients across the country on licensing, compliance and investment matters.