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Aaron A. Pelley

Aaron A. Pelley

Helping a Select Group of Growers, Processors and Retailers Build a Legacy
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Washington
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Biography

Aaron Pelley is a veritable celebrity in both his achievements as a lawyer, and advocate of cannabis business for over a decade. Having made sizable contributions to the foundation of legal protections surrounding medicinal cannabis law, his passion in this new realm of law drove him forward. This saw the creation of Cultiva and the subsequent creation of a boutique law firm that lies on the pulse of current cannabis law. He’ll greet any challenge you present to him with open arms. He has also been invited to speak at Legal Education Seminars and Cannabis Conferences throughout the world and has been repeatedly named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and a Top Cannabis Attorney by multiple publications. Aaron is personally and professionally passionate about advancing the interests of a legitimate and integrous cannabis industry, establishing and enforcing equitable relationships among business partners, and supporting and promoting the end of the war on cannabis.

Education
Willamette University College of Law
J.D. | Law
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Professional Experience
Senior Attorney
Pelley Law, PLLC
Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know
MG Retailer
Impacts of Legalized Marijuana on Firearms Rights
State Bar Association
Law With an Apple
American Bar Association GP Solo: Law Trends and News
Speaking Engagements
Recreational Marijuana Business Law, Federal Responses to Marijuana Law
NBI
Cannabis Genetics and the Current Legal Landscape, Indoor Agricultural Conference, Las Vegas, NV
K&L Gates Event, Investing in Cannabis, K&L Gates
CAIA Association
Marijuana Law - A Comprehensive Overview, How Did We Get Here? Overview of Initiative I-502
KCBA
Branding for Retailers in the Cannabis Industry, National Marijuana Retail & Dispensary Expo
US v. Oregon: Examining the Role of Federalism Under the Trump Administration, Law Review Symposium
International Cannabis Business Conference, The ABCs of CBDs
ICBA
The Legalized Marijuana Industry and its Impact on Industrial Real Estate, Urban Land Institute Spring Meeting
Navigating Cannabis Laws, Seattle Canna Con
Recreational Marijuana Business Law, Obtaining a Cannabis Business License
NBI
Intellectual Property Litigation, MJBA Business Bootcamp
Brand Creation, Differentiation & Leadership, Cannabis Grand Cru
Developing an Effective Business Strategy, 3rd Annual Cannabis Collaborative Conference
Legal Hurdles, Managing Risk, Lessons Learning from Others Mistakes, & Protecting your Tribe, The Third Native American Cannabis Conference
Compliance Law Review, The Best In Marijuana Design & Packaging 2016
Advising Cannabis Business, Weed Week PDX
Compliance Law Review, The Best In Marijuana Design & Packaging 2016
Medical & Recreational Cannabis, Cannabis Litigation
Awards
Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers
Cannabis Law Review
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyer
Super Lawyer
Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers
Super Lawyer
Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer
Cannabis Law Review
Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers
Top Cannabis Trial Lawyers
MG Magazine
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyer
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers Association
Top Lawyer
Metropolitan Magazine
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Top Attorneys
Metropolitan Magazine
Rising Star
Super Lawyer
Professional Associations
National Cannabis Bar Association
Member
- Current
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Legal Committee Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Area
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Is it illegal to ship cannabis from legal state to legal state.
A: It is Federally illegal to transport across state lines and, since it is still Federally illegal, it is, at least for now, not advisable. For all practical purposes the State agencies and local authorities do not likely care. However, the UPS is a Federal agency and USPS cooperates with the Fed. Both organizations regularly and proudly seize, search and confiscate all cannabis that is shipped. And the Feds have been known to prosecute those that ship through these channels. In addition, even though you are shipping from one legal state to another, you are causing the cannabis to be shipped through states that are not legal. So again, don't do it.
Q. Legally grow 6 marijuana plants without exceeding the 1 oz max in possession? Even one plant is over 1 oz. What gives?
A: You are right. That was not a very thoughtful piece of the legislation. There is an argument that you would have several plants, in different stages of growth, and harvesting and using the cannabis as you need it. But if you are only getting one ounce per plant, even if you are growing an unusual indica-hybrid, that produces very little, or are really bad at this, you are still probably going to get more than an ounce.
Q. Can I legally grow 2 plants of hemp with a the content of .03% or lower? It is strictly for personal use .
A: Division 24 of the California Food and Agricultural Code provides for the cultivation of industrial hemp by registered growers, hemp breeders, and established agricultural research institutions. Regardless of any federal requirements, all hemp growers in California must comply with existing state laws and regulations as well as any local restrictions that may apply. You can go here http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/exec/county/countymap/ for info on local rules.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Cannabis Business Lawyer
Blog
Cultiva Law
Contact & Map
Cultiva Law, PC
Corporate Counsel for the Cannabis Industry
877 Bryant St Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (628) 204-1100
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday: Closed
Cultiva Law PC
Corporate Counsel for the Cannabis Industry
520 S. Grand Ave Suite 320
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Telephone: (213) 306-6800
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Cultiva Law, PLLC
2510 Western Ave
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98121
Toll-Free: (888) 896-3313
Telephone: (206) 480-1600
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 1 PM
Sunday: Closed
Cultiva Law, PLLC
222 NW Davis Street
Suite 420
Portland, OR 97209
Telephone: (503) 446-3640
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed