Aaron Lachant


Session Title: Illinois' Medical Marijuana Regulations; An Expert Perspective

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

The legalization of marijuana typically takes a unique form in each state. Legislation, regulations, and implementation vary widely and can sometimes change in each local jurisdiction. The one constant of critical importance to you is compliance. Caution is at the forefront of cannabis policy creation as states venture into unknown territory. There are countless complexities when starting a cannabis related business and keeping up with the many details, regulations and a constantly changing landscape to remain in compliance is a constant challenge. Creating a “culture of compliance” in your business is crucial to protecting and maintaining it. The marijuana industry is highly regulated yet often confusing and changes in local regulations are frequent and require ongoing research. Amanda Ostrowitz, CEO and Founder of CannaRegs will share advice, best practices and techniques to help you avoid missteps while building an organization where your entire team fully understands compliance is a critical ingredient of success and an enormous risk if ignored.

Amanda Ostrowitz, is the founder and CEO of CannaRegs - the leading regulatory data platform for the cannabis industry. A former Federal Reserve Banking regulator, Amanda is a recognized authority on how states and municipalities regulate cannabis and will share insights on current trends in the regulatory environment and cannabis banking law as well as the critical importance of compliance in a hyper-local, highly dynamic industry.