LISA PITTMAN is from Austin, Texas. She spent 15 years as a commercial business litigator before beginning to observe the trend toward legalized cannabis, and later, hemp CBD, across the country in 2014. Motivated by understanding a plant that could contribute to wellness, Lisa began to work with a Colorado law firm, with her first major project being to spearhead LSU’s implementation of Louisiana’s medical marijuana program. She worked through the Texas Compassionate Use Program implementation and has advised cannabis license applicants in multiple states. In 2017, Lisa moved to Colorado to obtain her bar license and practice law in a state where cannabis and hemp is legal.
While in Colorado, Lisa’s clients involved in the hemp or CBD industry increased exponentially over those in cannabis. Recently legalized on a limited basis in 2014 and then fully removed from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act this year under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is enjoying a sudden resurgence, with Texas becoming the 46th State to legalize hemp. Because of the changing status of the law—prior to 2014, hemp (.3% THC) was grouped together with marijuana and just as illegal, representing clients engaged in a business so new and nuanced, with no regulations or precedent yet, has been challenging and exciting.
Lisa is a leader in the American Bar Association. She presented its first cannabis law CLE at its annual meeting in New York City in August 2017. She is Vice-Chair of the Business Litigation, Product Liability, and Corporate Counsel Committees of the Tort, Trial, and Insurance Law Section. She was a Steering Committee member in the Cannabis Law & Policy Task Force, which has become a standing committee, on which Lisa serves as the Chair of Publications and Program Chair of its first standalone cannabis and hemp law seminar held in September 19-20 in Chicago.