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General Law

Hemp Law 101

This seminar will go over the current federal, state and local laws and regulations governing industrial hemp and hemp-derived products. Particular focus will be given to the 2018 Farm Bill, the USDA’s Interim Final Regulations for Hemp Production, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, and Sonoma County’s industrial hemp ordinance. The differences and similarities between hemp and cannabis will also be discussed, in addition to hot topics such as intellectual property protection, FDA oversight of CBD products, and the vaping crisis.

Mendelsohn, Lauren (3)

Lauren A. Mendelsohn, Law Office of Omar Figueroa

Ms. Mendelsohn is a Senior Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, a boutique Northern California-based law firm serving the cannabis and hemp industries. She currently focuses primarily on permitting and licensing; regulatory compliance; business transactions; intellectual property; and policy advocacy. Ms. Mendelsohn enjoys sharing knowledge with others, and frequently speaks at conferences and seminars. For the past several years, Ms. Mendelsohn has been active in the drug policy reform movement as well as other progressive and humanitarian efforts. She is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international non-profit organization working to end the counterproductive “War on Drugs.” Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance, an organization that advocates on behalf of local cannabis businesses. She is also a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Ms. Mendelsohn earned her J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland. She is a proud member of the California State Bar, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the International Cannabis Bar Association, SSDP’s Sensible Society, the National Lawyers Guild, California NORML, NCIA, Americans for Safe Access, and the ACLU.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 28, 2020 | Check-in: 3:30 pm; Presentation: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s): Lauren A. Mendelsohn, Law Office of Omar Figueroa

Location: WEBINAR – Invite to the webinar meeting will be sent after registration

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$60–SCBA Members
$45–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice
$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available by emailing Ann Horn at .

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at

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