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Seminar on cannabis law set for January in Nevada City

A local, state, and federal law overview — with a focus on Proposition 64 and the medical cannabis regulation and safety — will be presented by Heather Burke from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the Law Library at the Nevada County Superior Court in Nevada City.

The seminar will focus on California's quickly shifting law relating to marijuana, focusing on Proposition 64, and including an analysis of what conduct is now legal, the effect of the new law on probable cause issues, and a summary of how Proposition 64 interacts with California's medical marijuana regulation, local ordinances, and federal law. The seminar is open to the general public and practicing attorneys, who will receive one hour of MCLE credit (Minimum Continuing Legal Education). Cost is $15 for non-attorneys and $30 for attorneys. Pre-registration is recommended as spaces are limited. Call 530-265-7161 or email Law.Library@nccourt.net to pre-register. Arrive by 11:40 a.m. to complete registration. Cash or check, payable to the Nevada County Law Library, is preferred. Credit cards will also be accepted.

Burke is a San Diego native who received her J.D. from the California Western School of Law in 2009. She interned in the seminal California cannabis case, People v. Jovan Jackson. The case went on to set the precedent that large scale dispensaries may operate lawfully in California.

Immediately after law school, Burke worked closely with renowned California medical marijuana attorney Omar Figueroa, who mentored her in the aggressive representation of medical cannabis patients in California and in federal court. Opening her own practice in Nevada City, she and Figueroa still work together and co-drafted a proposed initiative for California cannabis legalization in 2016, entitled The California Craft Cannabis Initiative.

Burke and attorney Zenia Gilg went on to make history, completing a five-day evidentiary hearing regarding cannabis' Schedule I status in U.S. v. Pickard in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. In 2014, Burke was awarded NORML's John Mark Flowers Scholar. The following year, she was named one of Skunk Magazine's "Women of Weed" for 2015. Burke is a regular speaker and panelist at cannabis conferences throughout California. She pens a popular blog regarding legal issues affecting cannabis growers.

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