INCBA’s mission is to raise the standard of legal services available to the cannabis industry, to advocate for the lawyers’ right to represent cannabis industry participants, and to help build a solid foundation upon which the cannabis industry can sustainably thrive for years to come.

Annual Sponsors



The Only Online Professional Social Network Dedicated to Cannabis Industry Attorneys!

  • Meet and mingle with cannabis attorney superstars from all over the world and others just beginning their cannabis practice.

  • Share articles and other knowledge products on Main Street or in one of our Canbar Forum® sub-groups focused around specific practice areas. Network with others in your field and share knowledge.

  • Got an idea for a knowledge product to improve the cannabis attorney practice? Post it in our Ideas section and let your peers vote it up or down. We just might use our resources to develop the webinar, document, etc.

  • Want to be a presenter on one of our CLE sessions? Come make yourself a known entity among the INCBA Online community and we'll know who to reach out to when we need your specific knowledge.

  • Attend our Town Halls (Ask Me Anything style sessions) where we invite preeminent cannabis attorneys as panelists willing to answer your questions on specific topics.

  • ...and much, much more.

Canbar Forum®

Connect with hundreds of Cannabis Industry attorneys from around the world!

Meet Our Allied Partners

The International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) is a global community of the most experienced legal practitioners serving the regulated cannabis industry. Our association provides the institutional knowledge and the resources that make legal representation across practice areas, jurisdictions, regulatory regimes, and borders possible in this complex and evolving industry. Our members’ shared experience and individual expertise allow INCBA to act as a hub for information, where our members exchange knowledge, resources, and insights to build a legal foundation for the evolving cannabis trade.Whether you are actively engaged in the practice of law in the cannabis industry, interested in exploring new opportunities, transitioning an existing practice, or simply ready to tackle some of the most interesting and challenging legal issues of our time, INCBA can help you navigate this new and ever-changing terrain.Become a member of the INCBA and join our global community of legal experts to keep your practice on the cutting edge of legal practice in the cannabis industry.


Membership Benefits and Pricing

Prices shown are annual.

Annual Attorney Rates

  • Annual Attorney Membership: $350 (popular)

  • INCBA+NCIA Annual Attorney Bundle $750 (includes 1 year membership with both organizations) (learn more)

  • Sustaining Membership: $1,000 (Includes Unlimited On-Demand CLE)

  • LIFETIME Attorney Membership: $5,000 (Includes Unlimited On-Demand CLE)

  • 1st Year Young Attorney: $100

  • 2nd Year Young Attorney: $200

Specialty, Student, & Non-Practicing Attorney Rates

  • Government Attorney (requires .gov email address): $75

  • Law Professor (requires .edu email address): $75

  • Non-Practicing or Retired Attorney or Judge: $75

  • Law Student Membership: FREE

Firm Memberships

  • Firm 2: $650 (up to 2 attorneys)

  • Firm 5: $1,500 (up to 5 attorneys)

  • Firm 8: $2,200 (up to 8 attorneys)

Each member receives the same benefits as our Annual Attorney Members. We can add an additional non-attorney account administrator at no additional charge.

Allied Partnership

(Non-Attorney Options)

  • Base Annual Rate: $900 (Includes up to two members)

  • INCBA+NCIA Allied Partner Membership: $1,500 (Includes 1 year membership to both organizations) (learn more)

Membership Benefits

  • Member-only social networking events.

  • Discounted access to live virtual and in-person Continuing Legal Education programs.

  • Discounted access to the INCBArchives®, the most comprehensive on-demand library of CLE available to cannabis-industry attorneys.

  • Exclusive access to the CanBar Forum®, an online, members-only forum built to help attorneys share with, and learn from, each other.

  • Members-only publication opportunities with the INCBA Blog and industry periodicals.

  • Ability to join and lead Member Committees.

  • Discounts to the legal practice tools you need to run a successful cannabis-industry law practice, including:

  • 20% off a paid subscription to New Frontier Data’s Equio platform.

  • 15% off Clio service.

  • 10% discount on a JD Supra account.

  • Discount membership to the National Cannabis Industry Association.

  • And more!


NCIA Seedling + INCBA Annual Attorney or Allied Partner Joint Membership

The International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) and the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) both play an integral role in the cannabis industry and we are proud to announce that we are offering a bundled membership that provides new members the opportunity to join both organizations at a significant discount over joining each organization separately.

Individual Attorney$350 Annually$1,000 Seedling*$750 for 1st Year
Allied Partner$900 Annually (2 seats)$1,000 Seedling (1 seat)*$1,500 for 1st Year

*Joint memberships will renew annually at a discount rate.

Meet the Team

Shahiedah Shabazz
Executive Director

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2008, Shahiedah began her career as a corporate real estate and land use attorney, and transitioned into administrative law as a deputy in the Los Angeles County Counsel’s office and as a deputy city attorney for a number of cities in Los Angeles County. Those experiences provided her with the unique perspective that she brought to the next phase of her career, solving complex regulatory challenges for cannabis and land use clients. An avid learner, after earning her JD, Shahiedah obtained an MBA from Woodbury University (Burbank, CA), and a certificate in non-profit grant writing from CSU Dominguez Hills. In July of 2023, she was appointed as the Executive Director of INCBA, where she manages the 700+ global member professional association and enjoys contributing to the evolution of cannabis law and policy. She is currently based in Chicago.

Nastasia Mora
Assistant Executive Director

With over a decade of marketing expertise, Nastasia is a seasoned connoisseur with a fervor for strategic planning, branding, and creative campaigning. She is dedicated to nurturing the growth of INCBA's thriving community, one strategic move at a time.

Samantha Villegas
Program Specialist

Dedicated professional with an excitement for driving operational excellence and ensuring top-tier compliance. A specialist in workflow optimization, infrastructure organization, and SOP development, Sam holds a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. With Sam, our events and operations are orchestrated to perfection, making every experience seamless and memorable.

Jim Canto
Chief Information and Technology Officer

Aligning technology and information systems with INCBA’s mission and goals. Jim’s work bridges the gap between internal systems and customer-facing technology. Low-Code/No-Code Tech-savvy "Professional Opportunist" with an empathetic disposition and a problem-solving mindset.

The International Cannabis Bar Association

INCBA was founded in 2015 in San Francisco, California by a group of visionary attorneys who recognized the absence of a professional association for attorneys who practiced cannabis law. Since then, INCBA has become the world's leading resource for cannabis law education, and community.Our purpose is "to educate and connect cannabis industry lawyers for the purpose of providing excellent, ethical, and advanced legal assistance to this growing industry."We accomplish this by:

  • Producing top-tier educational programs accredited for continuing legal education (CLE) credit, including our seminal annual Cannabis Law Institutesm;

  • Maintaining a robust library of resources to facilitate the practice of cannabis law, available only to our members;

  • Facilitating an ethics hotline and other resources to help attorneys navigate the complex ethical rules applicable to the industry;

  • Advocating for improvements in law and policy that legalize cannabis and clarify the legal landscape applicable to our members and their clients;

  • Hosting engaging social events for members and stakeholders throughout the globe; and

  • Supporting the development of future cannabis lawyers.

Originally established as the National Cannabis Bar Association, the organization was rebranded as the International Cannabis Bar Association in 2019 to reflect the global nature of the cannabis industry and the expansion of our membership and programming beyond the United States. We invite you to learn more about INCBA by taking a stroll through the rest of our website, joining or becoming a sponsor, and becoming an active part of our community.

INCBA Member Account Login

  • Access discounted member pricing for CLE and Event purchases.

  • Manage Membership Payments and Payment Methods

  • Edit Your Public Profile and/or Speaker Profile

  • Manage Previous Purchases

  • Access/Attend CLE Programing here

Canbar Forum® Login

  • Use buttons below to login to Canbar Forum®

  • Private Professional Social Network

  • Connect with Cannabis Attorneys

  • Start Conversations | Seek Referrals

  • Access Committee Workspaces

What is Canbar Forum®?

If you are a member and have not received your invitation to Canbar Forum®, please email

2023-2025 Board of Directors

Click each to view board member details in our directory.

INCBA President
Jason Horst
Managing Partner
Horst Legal Counsel, PC

INCBA VP of Operations
Andrea Steel
Frost Brown Todd, LLC

INCBA VP of Strategic Planning
Amber Littlejohn
Of Counsel
Ice Miller LLP

INCBA Secretary
Meital Manzuri
Managing Partner
Manzuri Law

INCBA Treasurer
Lauren Rudick
Managing Principal
Rudick Law Group, PLLC

INCBA VP of Legal Education
Jessica McElfresh
Founder and Principal
McElfresh Law, Inc.

Zachary Kobrin
Akerman LLP

Shay Gilmore
Attorney at Law
The Law Office
of Shay Aaron Gilmore

Katy Young
Managing Partner
Ad Astra Law Group, LLP

Shoran Williams
GC & Chief Regulatory Officer

Jana Weltzin
Attorney | Founder
JDW Counsel

David Ruskin
HMB Legal Counsel

Richard Cheng
Ritter Spencer Cheng PLLC

2023-2025 Advisory Board

David Feldman
Managing Partner
Feldman Legal Advisors PLLC

Neil Kaufman
Managing Partner
Kaufman McGowan PLLC

Ian Stewart
Chair of National
Cannabis Law Practice
Wilson Elser

Joseph Segilia
Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Jonathan Robbins
Chair, Cannabis Practice Group
Akerman LLP

Lara Decaro
Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger and Melnick

Lee Berger
Sole Member and Owner
Oregon CannaBusiness
Compliance Counsel, LLC

Mary Shapiro
Managing Director
Evoke Law, PC

Michael Drumke
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

Mitzi Vaughn
Karr Tuttle Campbell

Niall Neligan
Barrister, Lecturer
Technological University
Dublin, Ireland

Sherri Altshuler
Aird & Berlis LLP

Christopher J. Davis
Former Executive Director

Courtney Moran
Founding Principal

Shabnam Malek
Chief Legal Officer
Nuka Enterprises, LLC

Amanda Conley
Conley Law

Our Committees Section Has Moved

Click below to visit the expanded INCBA Committees site.

International Cannabis Bar Association Committees

Connecticut Social Equity Accelerator

The State of Connecticut’s Social Equity Council has selected Oaksterdam University, America’s first cannabis college, in partnership with reSET, the social impact-focused entrepreneurial support organization based in Hartford, to provide the Cannabis Business Accelerator Program in Connecticut.Technical business assistance and entrepreneurial support will be available through the program to verified social equity applicants to assist in planning to start licensed cannabis businesses and promote regulatory compliance and industry best practices. Programming and early networking opportunities will be launching in December 2022. For inquiries about Connecticut’s Social Equity Program, please email SEC@CT.GOV.

Upcoming Event Dates

  • Building the New Cannabis Supply Chain Series 6-7:30 PM ET on Zoom

  • Introduction to the CT Supply Chain 12/7/2022

  • Gaining Perspective – Current Cannabis Operators 12/14/2022

  • Cannabis Finance 12/21/2022

Meet the Coalition Partners

Oaksterdam University – Oaksterdam University’s Educational Programs promote education as the path to equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry. OU fights to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities and to address the disproportionate impacts of the War on Drugs in those communities. For questions, please email OU at

reSET – reSET Based in Hartford, reSET is driven by the conviction that every business can consciously improve society while being financially successful. reSET serves 250 entrepreneurs each year, more than 75% of whom are women or people of color. reSET’s entrepreneurial programs support for-profit businesses prioritizing positive social or environmental impact alongside profit. The organization creates social enterprises through Incubators, workshops, and Mentor Network support from ideation to launch.

MCBA – Founded in 2015, the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is the largest national trade association dedicated to minority cannabis businesses and their communities. MCBA represents a minority and allied cannabis business with a vision for an equitable, just, and responsible cannabis industry. Its mission is to empower and support minority entrepreneurs through culturally informed advocacy, education, and resources.

Arcview – The Arcview Group has over a decade of experience assisting thousands of cannabis operators to prepare to raise capital to launch and scale their businesses. Additionally, The Arcview Group was a co-owner of–and helped create–Canopy Boulder, the first cannabis-focused accelerator program in the world.

INCBA - International Cannabis Bar Association – The International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) was founded to serve the local, state, national, and international practice of cannabis law across the globe. The INCBA’s vast network of practitioners from various practice areas and jurisdictions supports social equity operators and applicants on regulatory compliance, entity formation, governance, management and partnership agreements, finance, real estate, local land use, and zoning.

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