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Below are articles that may interest you and be relevant to upcoming seminars.



Successful Election For Marijuana Legalization
Cannabis ballot measures won in eight out of its nine races in the 2016 election. This is unprecedented, and it shows the extent to which cannabis legalization is a bipartisan issue. In response The Seminar Group is holding seminars in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas and Portland to cover topics directly relevant to medical and recreational marijuana laws and medical and recreational marijuana businesses. Attendees will hear directly from leading practitioners and state officials about the changes and progress along the road to current laws and future regulations. For more information on the election results see website for the Canna Law Blog.
11/09/2016
 
 



Biological Opinion on the NFIP in Oregon
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has delivered to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) a jeopardy biological opinion (BiOp) on implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Oregon. The BiOp includes a set of recommendations for reducing the impact of NFIP related development on salmon. The Seminar Group is resuming planning on the Floodplains in Oregon seminar which will likely be held in the fall. For more information see website for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.
04/14/2016
 
 



Cultivation Dominates Marijuana Applicants in Alaska
Of the 175 license applications for marijuana businesses made public so far, 117 are for cultivation permits while 43 are for retail operations. The Seminar Group is covering the current regulations and business strategies at the Marijuana in Alaska seminar on April 28. For more information see this article published in the Alaska Journal of Commerce.
03/23/2016
 
 



A Market Correction is Coming So Get Out There and Raise Money Now
Seattle venture capitalists had a clear message for entrepreneurs this week: now is a good time to be knocking on their doors, but things may not stay that way for long. The Seminar Group covered the current state of the market and other venture capital issues at the 16th Annual Angel and Venture Capital Financing seminar on April 29. For more information see the recent article this seminar was featured in published in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
04/30/2015
 
 



Washington State Overhauls Its Medical Marijuana System
Governor Jay Inslee inked revised SB 5052 into law merging twenty years of medical cannabis with Washington’s Initiative 502. The Seminar Group will covering the SB5052 and other cannabis issues at the Cannabis in Washington State seminar on July 30. For more information see this recent article published in Cana Law Blog.
04/28/2015
 
 



Gov. Bullock Signs CSKT Water Rights Compact
Gov. Bullock signed Senate Bill 262, which gives state approval to a negotiated water-rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in western Montana. The Seminar Group will covering the CKST Compact and other water issues at the 15th Annual Montana Water Law seminar on October 15 & 16. For more information see this recent article published in Ravalli Republic.
04/24/2015
 
 



Feds to Look Into Bottled-Water Permit in California During Drought
Federal officials are examining long-expired permits that Nestle has been using to pipe water out of a national forest to sell as bottled water. The Seminar Group will covering the drought and other water issues at the Hot Topics in California’s Water seminar on May 15. For more information see this recent article published in USA Today.
04/14/2015
 
 



'High-Growth, High-Risk Industry:' Marijuana Businesses Still Struggle to Find Banks
As the recreational and medical cannabis market blooms in Washington state, trepidation surrounding banking remains a major hurdle for financial institutions and pot businesses alike. The Seminar Group covered banking and other cannabis issues at the Cannabis in Washington State seminar on December 3 & 4. For more information see this recent article published in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
12/4/2014
 
 



What's Your Winery's IP Worth?
Nowhere is the IP issue more apparent, critical and complex than in the food and beverage industries, where IP laws and principles often intersect with industry-specific regulations and practices. This article highlights the topics and speakers covered at The Seminar Group's  IP Issues in the Food and Beverage Industries seminar that took place on October 16 & 17.Read more at: http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=140766 Copyright © Wines & Vines
10/21/2014
 
 



Seattle VCs, Angels Talk 2014 Startup Financing
Angel investors are less enthusiastic about business prospects this year and suggest that companies that are looking at possible exits take them. This article highlights the topics and speakers covered at The Seminar Group's  Angel and Venture Capital Financing seminar that took place on April 17. For more information see this recent article published on Puget Sound Business Journal.
04/17/2014
 
 
 



Washington State Wine Industry Making Global Splash
Washington’s wine industry has bloomed into an $8 billion empire, gaining the world’s attention as it continues to grow. The Seminar Group will cover this booming industry at the Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries on August 15. For more information see this recent article published on The Seattle Times.
04/05/2014
 
 



FEMA Floodplain Mapping
May regions are awaiting the final biological opinions of FEMA concerning floodplain mapping. The results are expected to drastically effect development in many areas around the country. Insurance rates are also expected to sky rocket as has already been seen in areas where FEMA has published its final decisions. For more information see this recent article published on Seacoastonline.
02/02/2014