Ryan Hurley was one of the first attorneys in Arizona to represent cannabis businesses in regulatory and transactional matters after Arizona decriminalized the cultivation, manufacture, sale, use, and possession of medical marijuana. Today he serves as General Counsel at Copperstate Farms, one of the largest greenhouse cannabis producers in North America. Join Robert as he interviews Ryan about the value he places on the services of appellate counsel.
About Ryan Hurley:
Ryan Hurley is General Counsel at Copperstate Farms, and a Dispensary Agent for Holistic Patient Wellness Group, Inc., the largest medical cannabis grower in the Southwest. HPWG operates a 40 Acre greenhouse in Northern AZ. Prior to joining Copperstate, Ryan was a partner at Rose Law Group, Rich, Hurley in Scottsdale, AZ where he led the law firm’s Cannabis Practice Group. He has a background in land use and zoning law, environmental and water issues, renewable energy and a wide variety of regulatory compliance and administrative law issues. Along with his law degree Ryan has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture.
Ryan has been involved in AZ’s MMJ program since the very beginning assisting clients with all aspects of AZ’s medical marijuana law but primarily focusing on the business of MMJ and helping clients apply for and secure dispensary licenses from the AZ Department of Health Services and to operate in compliance with AZDHS Rules. He is a frequent presenter at marijuana seminars and conferences throughout the country and is a tireless advocate for marijuana reform and for marijuana patients and businesses in myriad interviews and appearances on TV, print and radio. Mr. Hurley was the attorney for the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol a committee to legalize marijuana for adult-use in Arizona in 2016 and is deeply involved in the effort for a 2020 initiative. Ryan is one of the founding members of the National Cannabis Industry Association and also currently sits as the Vice President of the Arizona Dispensaries Association, of which he is a founding member. Ryan has been committed to the entire cannabis space from day one and continues to be a thought leader for this emerging industry.