HIGH-STAKES: Understanding the Implications of Legalizing Marijuana

Southern Illinois University



HIGH-STAKES: Understanding the Implications of Legalizing Marijuana

HIGH-STAKES: Understanding the Implications of Legalizing Marijuana

March 19, 2020

8:00 AM - Registration
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
SIU School of Law Auditorium 

$40 includes program, lunch and continuing legal credits. 

The program is FREE to all SIU Students (but you must register for a lunch count)

Register online here

7 MCLE Hours 

Seating is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Program Overview

Since the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program began in 2014, it has generated over $500 million in retail sales. In January 2020, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act went into effect, making Illinois the eleventh state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and the first state to do so through a legislative act (as opposed to a voter ballot initiative).  The Act is expected to generate billions more in new revenues in Illinois. Nevertheless, the use of marijuana—whether for recreational or medical purposes—remains prohibited by federal law. 

The legalization of marijuana in Illinois is accompanied by numerous legal issues, including issues related to the limits of legal use within Illinois, the regulatory structure for growing and dispensing cannabis, state criminal enforcement and expungement, the relationship between federal and state criminal prosecutions, advertising and employment law, social justice, and public health. 

This Symposium will consider these and other issues related to the legalization of cannabis in Illinois and across the country.  Speakers will share their expertise and provide a blueprint for navigating the new legal and regulatory environment created by these changes in the law. 

Media Release

Speaker Bios


Symposium Issue of SIU Law Journal


CLE The Southern Illinois University School of Law is accredited by the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois to provide continuing legal education for attorneys. This educational activity has been designated for TBD of general MCLE credit. 


Cynthia Fountaine, Professor of Law, SIU School of Law and Chris Behan, Professor of Law, SIU School of Law


  • BRENDAN KELLY, Director - Illinois State Police
    A Word from the Director of the Illinois State Police
  • JAY WEXLER, Professor of Law - Boston University School of Law
    Prudent Exuberance, not Grudging Tolerance: The Case of Marijuana Advertising
  • ANDREW FREEDMAN, Co-Founder and Partner - Freedman & Koski, Inc.
    The Practical Limitation of the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine
  • DANIEL ORENSTEIN, Visiting Assistant Professor - Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    Preventing Industry Abuse of Cannabis Equity Programs
  • LAUREN NEWELL, Professor of Law - Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law
    Unintended Consequences of the Retail Marijuana Business
  • MICHAEL NEVILLE, Attorney - Fox Rothschild LLP
    How to Respond to Regulatory Action/Discipline in the Cannabis Industry
  • WILLIAM MCNICHOL, Adjunct Professor - Rutgers Law School
    Proving Impairment in the Workplace and on the Highway
  • KERRY CORK, Senior Staff Attorney - Public Health Law Center, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    Toking, Smoking, & Public Health: Lessons from Tobacco Control for Marijuana Regulation
  • BEN RAJOTTE, Ben Rajotte, Esq.
    Cannabusiness Ethics
  • ANGELA J. HILL, Assistant Federal Public Defender - Southern District of Illinois
    Forgiven but not Forgotten: Continuing Collateral Consequences of Expunged Marijuana Convictions
  • DANIEL KLINGEMANN, Union County State’s Attorney - Union County State’s Attorney’s Office
    Expungement in Illinois from a State’s Attorney’s Perspective