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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 award winning 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.

Practice Area
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
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Languages
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Senior Attorney
Pelley Law, PLLC
Current
Education
Willamette University College of Law
J.D. | Law
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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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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
The Legalization Landscape | Regulatory Compliance & Licensing, Marijuana Business Law 2021
National Business Institute
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
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered
Q. In a state where cannabis is legal is it legal to mail THC vape cartridges to another state where cannabis is legal?
A: It is still Federally illegal to ship cannabis or transport it across state lines. Or possess cannabis. Or anything with cannabis. Still all federally illegal. All of it. The reason this is more of a problem is because you are would be using a Federal service (United States Post Office) to do it. They don't like that. So at best it gets seized. At worst, you get a cranky Postmaster General that sends the seizure to the local Feds. From there, all kinds of problems. Even if you send it via private services (like Fed Ex), they all cooperate and information share with the Postmaster. So it will still get seized and even though prosecution is not always likely, it is still possible. My guess is that they are seizing hundreds of pounds a day. But you don't want to be the one they make an example of. Another fun fact, make sure when you decide it is safer to drive the vape cartridge over to your friend, you don't end up on a Federal Highway. They are all over the U.S. and policed by Federal Park Rangers. Unlike the Postmasters, that probably have better things to do, Park Rangers love pulling people over on Federal Highways, in states where cannabis is legal, and give them possession tickets.
Q. Do I need a permit to sell cannabis out a vending machine or does the location where machine will be need the permit?
A: I think there are a few states that a vending machine could work. However, in most states, recreational or medical, regulations favor that a human check the customers I.D. (for recreational use) or their authorization to use cannabis (medical use) and confirm the person purchasing the product is the same one providing the identification. In addition, the machine will likely have to integrate with the store's point of sale. This, coupled with the limited capacity, could make vending machines prohibitively expensive. But, to answer your question, you would likely be selling to stores, who have a license. You do not need the license to sell the machine. The question to consider is, what state are you selling the machine to and can you make a compliant vending machine.
Q. Is it illegal to give my friend Bitcoin money for drugs
A: Whether you will get caught ("Will I get in any trouble for this"), is a different question then, is this legal. Which is what I think you are asking. Giving your friend Bitcoin for this purpose is not legal because you knowingly are going to give something of value to someone to purchase drugs online. So you are what we would call a link in the criminal chain, helping your friend, illegally purchase drugs. It would fall under conspiracy, RICO or some other local law. So, short answer, yes, this is illegal. Whether you will get caught, is a question a lawyer can't really answer. Does your friend run their mouth? Will your friend overdose? Will the drugs get seized by the post office? Are you being set up on the dark web by a cop on the other side? Things we just can't know. But I can tell you it is not a good decision and I would strongly advise against committing crimes.
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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 (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
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 (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
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 (Today)
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
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 (Today)
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed