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Presenter: Gregory R. Farkas and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Columbus, OH

Crowne Plaza Columbus North - Worthington
6500 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-885-1885

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am
Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:00 pm

Federal Law Treatment of Industrial Hemp                                                   G. May

What is industrial hemp?
Pre-2018 federal treatment of hemp
The 2018 Federal Farm Act
FDA and USDA update

Economics of Industrial Hemp                                                                       G. May

   Applications for industrial hemp (it’s not just about CBD!)
   Growing the hemp industry – the numbers
   Building a sustainable hemp marketplace

Hemp: Legal but Not Out of the Woods                                                         I. Friedman

   Up-to-date legal landscape on individual and industry hemp use
   Avoiding unnecessary law enforcement intervention
   Advising your clients around pitfalls

Focus on State Industrial Hemp Programs                                                    T. Haren

   SB57 - 2019 Ohio law legalizing industrial hemp and CBD
   Ohio Department of Agriculture rules and regulations

Hemp-related Litigation: Pitfalls and Protections                                         P. Haggerty / G. Farkas

   Class action claims against hemp producers
   Insurance coverage

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys

     6.0 Ohio CLE Hours
     6.0 Indiana CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The Ohio Commission on CLE has approved this seminar for 6.0 CLE hours, including no ethics hours, for attorneys. The Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education has approved this program for 6.0 CLE hours for attorneys.

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. Attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Gregory R. Farkas

Attorney Frantz Ward, LLP, Cleveland

Mr. Farkas’s practice encompasses a variety of litigation matters, including commercial disputes and the litigation of lender liability, insurance coverage and consumer fraud claims. He has represented defendants in numerous class actions in state and federal courts. At Frantz Ward, Mr. Farkas has been one of the firm’s lead litigators, following and analyzing the potential liability for hemp-derived product producers.

Ian N. Friedman

Partner at Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., a Cleveland-based criminal defense law firm

Mr. Friedman’s practice is focused on criminal, cyber and white-collar matters. He represents individuals and entities across the United States and has served as counsel in Europe, Asia and South America. Mr. Friedman is the current president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He is a past-president of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was the first lawyer to be named its “Lawyer of The Year” in 2010. Mr. Friedman is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and served as president in 2018. He is an adjunct professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he has taught Cybercrime since 2006. In 2019, Mr. Friedman was named by his peers as Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense and General Practice in Cleveland. As a criminal defense lawyer, he has defended numerous investigations and prosecutions involving hemp.

Patrick F. Haggerty

Attorney Frantz Ward, LLP, Cleveland

Mr. Haggerty is chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in a wide range of litigation-related issues and serves as national coordinating and national trial counsel for companies facing significant exposures. Mr. Haggerty has extensive experience in designing and coordinating defense strategies and investigation efforts for clients ranging from closely-held corporations to Fortune 100 companies. He created the firm’s Cannabis Law and Policy Group in response to the increasingly complex issues surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana and hemp. This work has extended to providing representation to clients involving the vast array of issues created by the national movement to legalize hemp and recreational cannabis. Mr. Haggerty is regularly named to The Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers lists and is consistently rated AV Preeminent, the highest ranking, for attorney professional and ethical excellence by Martindale-Hubbell. He remains firmly rooted in his community by serving on several nonprofit boards and regularly provides pro bono representations to individuals and groups.

Thomas G. Haren

Attorney Frantz Ward, LLP, Cleveland

Mr. Haren represents growing businesses at each stage of their development and is regularly asked to serve as outside general counsel for his clients. In that role, he counsels his clients with respect to innumerable legal issues, including regulatory oversight, corporate governance, contract negotiations, risk management, litigation and other day-to-day business issues. Mr. Haren often works with his clients to overcome short-term regulatory and financial uncertainty to achieve long-term success in developing markets. He has also developed a national practice representing clients in the burgeoning cannabis industry. As a result, he has become one of the go-to marijuana and hemp business attorneys in Ohio. Working closely with his cannabis clients, Mr. Haren assists with license acquisition, zoning and municipal law, product labeling and packaging and regulatory compliance, in addition to providing ongoing business legal advice. Based on this expertise, he is an avid contributor to various local and national media outlets and often shares his expertise by speaking at national industry conferences and events.

Gregory D. May, Esq.

Founder and Principal of CannaRev Solutions

CannaRev Solutions is a consulting company based in Columbus, Ohio, serving the interests of licensed cannabis and hemp businesses. Mr. May is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, he has been a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio for 30+ years and has practiced in the areas of creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, real estate and small business law. Prior to working in the licensed cannabis industry, Mr. May was a multi-unit franchisee with Buffalo Wild Wings for 18 years. He also co-founded 17th Star Distributing, a distributor of craft beer located in Columbus, where he launched multiple breweries into the Ohio beer market. Since becoming a consultant, Mr. May has worked with medical marijuana applicants and licensees in multiple states, as well as startups looking to enter the emerging hemp industry, advising them on such matters as site selection, licensing, facility design/ construction and finance. His unique blend of legal and entrepreneurial experience enables him to provide a synergistic approach to his clients to help them grow their businesses.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.