Baseball Great Frank Thomas and Irish Liquor Lawyer talk about CBD

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00November 4th, 2019|Breaking News, Cannabis Issues|


I was speaking with White Sox legend and baseball hall of famer Frank Thomas about the CBD Company he has teamed up with, ECODERM. He was at my client’s location and I figured I would stop by.

Frank could not be more classy […]

NCSLA Central/Western Regional Conference 2019, Portland, Part III

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00October 21st, 2019|Cannabis Issues, Conference Reviews|

Cannabis: Higher Education


Rebecca Stamey-White, Partner, Hinman & Carmichael LLP


Rick Garza, Director, Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board

Steve Marks, Executive Director, Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Lori Ajax, Chief, California Bureau of Cannabis Control


This was a great panel that talked about a lot of wide ranging issues in the cannabis industry from the difficulties in setting […]

Illinois Cannabis dispensary applications go public

By |2020-04-13T20:42:30+00:00October 1st, 2019|Cannabis Issues|

Today is the day, Illinois cannabis dispensary applications go live. The state will begin accepting apps on December 20th and the deadline for filing is January 2, 2020 at 12:00pm.

The state will issue up to 75 licenses by May 1, 2020.

Let me know if you need additional information.

Illinois: When and Why Cannabis will pass and successful Liquor bills

By |2019-05-24T17:56:03+00:00May 24th, 2019|Cannabis Issues, Legislation|



The Illinois legislature is adjourning in a week and today several liquor bills passed both houses including a bill that creates a distiller pub license. Interesting enough, a bill that would make changes to the existing brew pub license did not get called for a vote today and its deadline was extended for […]

Illinois Cannabis Legislation: The cracks in the artwork

By |2019-05-12T22:28:45+00:00May 12th, 2019|Cannabis Issues|


Illinois recently came out with the first draft of legalized cannabis legislation. The bill is loaded with social equity provisions which include a program to provide low-interest loans for “social equity applicants”.

Like any first draft nothing is final and everything is a work in progress. When looking at the bill, I noticed that there are […]

Cannabis legalization is turning conventional wisdom on its head

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00May 1st, 2019|Cannabis Issues|

Conventional wisdom tells you it should be so easy! Three states with Democratic Governors want to legalize cannabis and in all three states the governors have Democrat supermajorities in both houses of the legislature. Nevertheless, even with these built in advantages, the cannabis legalization bandwagon has screeched to a grinding halt. In Illinois, New Jersey […]

Lyden Henderson and High Style Brewing, a Beer to be Reckoned with!

By |2020-04-13T21:11:03+00:00February 13th, 2019|Cannabis Issues, Irish Liquor Lawyer Interviews|

Lyden Henderson has an active mind that can’t stop to rest. Starting out work life as a pit boss at a casino, he has risen to become an innovator in the cannabis field. As the COO of High Style Brewing, he is part of a team that is taking the cannabis field by storm.

High Style […]

Smoke on the Wallin: The Story of a True Force of Nature

By |2020-04-13T21:10:22+00:00January 29th, 2019|Cannabis Issues, Irish Liquor Lawyer Interviews|


Smoke Wallin is a true force of nature, even before sitting down to interview him, I couldn’t help being impressed by his credentials. Starting from his time as an Ivy League Wrestler to his present status as President of Vertical, a leading company in the Cannabis field, Smoke has been a leader everywhere he has […]

Hemp is now legal in America: Will Hemp infused wines, spirits, and beers be next?

By |2018-12-20T17:22:37+00:00December 20th, 2018|Cannabis Issues, Liquor Industry Insights|


President Trump signs into law the 2018 Farm Bill which legalizes hemp.


By |2018-12-19T21:58:46+00:00December 19th, 2018|Cannabis Issues|

My dad was an off the boat immigrant from Ireland who had a friend named “Red” Dave Cahill, a successful building  contractor. Red Dave used his hard earned money to fund a hobby, greyhound racing. Like all his ventures, he made a great amount of money off this endeavor. When I asked my dad why […]

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