Cannabis Industry

The legal dynamics in California's cannabis industry change from city to city, and often from day to day.  Jason Horst is among the experts in California on the intersection of real estate/insurance law and the cannabis industry.  Jason is the the vice-chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association's Finance and Insurance Committee and a member of the California Cannabis Industry Association's Insurance Committee. He is also a active member of the National Cannabis Bar Association.  Jason has written and presented on cannabis insurance topics to industry professionals, commercial property owners, real estate brokers, title insurers and other attorneys, including being featured as a speaker at the California Land Title Association's annual conference. His client list includes both cannabis start-ups and industry giants like Harborside Health Clinic.


Risk Management & Insurance Coverage

Jason offers a range of risk management services to clients in and servicing the cannabis industry, including counseling related to insurance placement, risk transfer strategies, and preparing insurance specifications. Use of standard "boilerplate" forms and language in insurance policies, risk transfer provisions, and insurance specifications is problematic in any industry, but it can spell absolute disaster for those operating in and around the cannabis industry. Jason counsels clients regarding how to effectively transfer their business risks, allowing them to focus on running and growing their businesses sustainably.

Jason also assists cannabis businesses, property owners, and real estate professionals in recovering insurance proceeds in the event of a covered loss.  

Real Estate/Land Use


Jason counsels cannabis businesses, property owners, and real estate professionals regarding the complex state and local regulatory framework they must comply with in order to legally operate or work with a cannabis business under state law, as well as what they need to understand regarding the risks associated with marijuana's continued status as a Schedule 1 narcotic under federal law.   



Jason also provides litigation services to industry clients, ranging from contractual and real estate disputes to vindicating intellectual property rights.  Jason brings more than a decade of experience in taking cases from start to finish and obtaining positive results for his clients.  


Finally, Jason offers mediation services to the cannabis industry, helping parties resolve their disputes amicably without the expense and heartache of trial.  As a mediator, Jason offers parties the impartial candor, industry expertise, and pragmatic approach necessary to resolving even the most heated conflicts. Jason's expertise in both litigation and insurance coverage matters, as well as his in-deapth knowledge of the industry, make him particularly effective in resolving complex disputes.