April 30, 2018 4:54 pm

Women-owned cannabis law firm to open office in Sacramento



Women-owned cannabis law firm to open office in Sacramento 

From left to right: Ariel Clark and Nicole Howell Neubert, the founding partners of Clark Neubert.


By Scott Rodd  – Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal


With cannabis policy at the forefront of statewide legislative and regulatory initiatives, law firms are continuing to see growth opportunities in Sacramento.

Clark Neubert LLP, a women-owned law firm based in Los Angeles, announced it will open an office in Sacramento with the goal of increasing its involvement in cannabis policy at the Capitol. The firm will also offer legal services to area cannabis businesses looking to secure permits and navigate the complicated cannabis regulatory landscape.

“We’ve been engaged in Sacramento for a while as the implementation (of cannabis regulations) have happened,” said founding partner Nicole Howell Neubert. “So it’s just a natural fit to have an office there to be close to the regulators and close to the legislators.”

Neubert added that the firm plans to increase its involvement with local cannabis clients and influencing local regulations.

The Sacramento office will be at 770 L St. Clark Neubert also has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

The founding partners of Clark Neubert have extensive backgrounds in cannabis policy. Ariel Clark is the founder and chairwoman of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, an advocacy group for clearer regulations on cannabis. She is also a senior adviser to the California Native American Cannabis Association.

Nicole Howell Neubert serves as chief policy advisor for the California Growers Association and served on State Treasurer John Chiang’s Cannabis Banking Working Group.

Joanna Hossack, an associate at Clark Neubert, will lead the firm’s Sacramento office. Hossack, who grew up in Sacramento, has a background in cannabis business permitting and entity formation. She also focuses on water law and environmental issues impacting cannabis cultivators.

“Her practice has been focused on the regulatory practices of cannabis for the last couple years,” said Neubert. “She has a very deep and sophisticated understanding of the regulatory issues facing clients.”

Hossack is currently the only employee in the Sacramento office, but Neubert said there may be additional hires in the future.





Women-owned cannabis law firm to open office in Sacramento


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