Dan Shapiro

Shapiro & Associates Law

Session Title: Panel – Cannabis Retail Business Strategies


Professional Summary

The firm’s founder, Dan Shapiro, has 30 years of experience in various legal practice areas of land use, zoning, governmental relations, municipal law, and civil litigation. He has represented a wide variety of clients including: developers, property owners, businesses as well as governmental entities and closely advises them on complex matters including, securing zoning entitlements before plan commissions, zoning boards, village, and towns. In litigation matters, Mr. Shapiro has represented clients at all judicial levels in Illinois and Federal courts. In the cannabis industry, Mr. Shapiro assists clients with starting cannabis businesses including real estate negotiations and transactions and navigating state licensing and local zoning processes.

Mr. Shapiro has been a frequent lecturer and author on many articles on issues such as of land use, public/private partnerships, zoning, and local government relations. He is currently a Village Trustee for the Village of Deerfield, Illinois, Secretary of the Northwest Municipal Conference and has served as an adjunct professor at Chicago Kent College of Law where he had the pleasure of teaching land use to 2nd and 3rd year law students.

Session Abstract

As a result of the recently adopted Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act, Illinois will be issuing a limited number of new adult use cannabis business licenses. This panel will discuss and answer questions around the intersection of the regulations of these new licenses, user needs, operation, marketing and legal strategies. Mr. Patt will speak to various Illinois licensing and Insurance scenarios, Mr. Lisek, will focus on discussions around user experience and best retail practices, Ms Springer, will address operation and marketing requirements, with Mr. Shapiro anchoring the panel with a deep understanding of local zoning regulations, state licensing requirements, and how to overcome obstacles in leasing or purchasing real estate for cannabis use in order to have the best chance of opening a cannabis business.