--- government law - municipal law
--- course production date: 3/31/2017
--- presented by SEENA SAMIMI

Marijuana has had a volatile history in this country. In 1996, California voters passed the Compassionate Use Act, making it the first state to allow for the medical use of marijuana. Since then, several more states have enacted similar laws, and with the 2016 elections results, we can expect a lot of movement in the area of marijuana legalization across the country.

The increasing acceptance of marijuana has led to an emergence of issues directly impacting commercial real estate. Such issues will only intensify in scope and complexity as marijuana legislation continues to proliferate nationwide. Attorneys will face an array of new legal challenges in this area when representing property owners/managers, employers, or tenants who operate in the marijuana industry.

This course explores the historical and legal framework of marijuana (and medical marijuana) in California; the interplay between federal, state and local laws; landlord risks relating to marijuana industry tenants; the impact of marijuana on real estate values; marijuana’s effect on various industries and fields; and future trends.

Key course points are:
• Grasp the volatile historical framework surrounding medical marijuana in California, and federally.
• Understand the current legal tension and interplay between federal, state, and local laws.
• Assess landlord risks and leasing issues relating to marijuana-industry tenants.
• Recognize the impact of marijuana on real estate values.
• Explore future trends.

--- presented by SEENA SAMIMI

Seena Samimi is a litigation attorney focusing on municipal and public agency law, and complex commercial matters. Seena represents public entity clients in all phases of litigation (including appellate level) in areas such as: municipal regulation of marijuana distribution facilities, sober living homes, drug and alcohol abuse recovery facilities, water rights, Brown Act compliance, land use and property issues.

Before joining Best Best & Krieger LLP as an associate, Seena worked at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, practicing primarily in the areas of litigation and environmental law. He has represented many major companies in significant real estate, contract, fraud, antitrust, intellectual property and loan/financing disputes.

Seena graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in political science (international relations concentration), and with minors in anthropology and Near Eastern languages & cultures. After graduating, he served as a visiting professor at Nur University in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, teaching two seminars in Spanish regarding politics and conflict in the Middle East.

He received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was an editor of the California Law Review and the submissions editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. During law school, Seena also interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York (Civil Division) and the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, Calif. (assisting underprivileged clients with legal issues).