Pro Bono Webinar Series: Business Law Basics for Cannabis Entrepreneurs

July 13, 2022 - August 17, 2022


NBI 20th Anniversary      Legal Aid Society

Please join The Legal Aid Society’s Community Development Project and Goodwin’s Neighborhood Business Initiative for a six-part workshop series designed to provide education for entrepreneurs about the legal and regulatory foundations involved in launching a cannabis business in New York.

You are welcome to attend one, several or all of the workshops. This series aims to maximize the social and economic equity aspects of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act by making this information widely available, so we appreciate you sharing this invitation throughout your networks.

Please RSVP for each workshop individually using the links below.

Raising Capital for Small Businesses

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
6:30 PM EDT

Learn about the basic structures and legal considerations when raising capital for your small business, including whether to raise capital as debt or equity, identifying potential investors, and key terms.


Wednesday, July 20, 2022
6:30 PM EDT

Learn about the pros and cons of raising capital through crowdfunding, the equity crowdfunding landscape, the role of crowdfunding platforms, and related legal considerations. This presentation will focus on crowdfunding for small businesses under the JOBS Act of 2013 and discuss next steps for an entrepreneur interested in pursuing equity crowdfunding.

Entity Selection and Formation

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
6:30 PM EDT

Learn about limited liability and the two types of entities that offer limited liability to their owners (LLCs and Corporations). Presenters will outline general considerations as to why and when to form each type of entity and the core differences between them, including steps to formation, ongoing governance requirements and basic tax considerations.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022
6:30 PM EDT

Learn about elements of a contract, important terms and conditions, best practices for drafting and negotiating contracts and what happens in the event of a breach of contract.

Intellectual Property

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
6:30 PM EDT

Learn about the different types of intellectual property and methods for protection of proprietary information, including trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. This presentation will also discuss best practices to avoid unintentional infringement on intellectual property owned by another business.

Opening a Cannabis Business in NY — Regulatory Considerations

6:30 PM EDT

Learn about the regulations governing cannabis businesses and how to navigate the licensing process. Presenters will discuss best practices for license applications and regulatory compliance most applicable to small business owners.