Region: Cannabis Business Summit & Expo
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Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

San Jose, CA

Kimberly R. Simms

Attorney, Law Office of Kimberly R. Simms, APC

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Cannabis Business 101: The Fundamentals for Starting a Successful Business

Kimberly R. Simms earned her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and became a member of the California State Bar in 2009. Kimberly has dedicated her entire legal career to the cannabis industry. She started her law practice immediately after law school with a focus on the legal and regulatory needs of the medical marijuana industry. In her law practice, she has negotiated with government officials to craft reasonable and effective regulations that allow for safe access, handled complex land use and zoning matters, advised on local and state regulations and advised hundreds of cannabis entrepreneurs to develop their cannabis business strategy and structure.

Kimberly is recognized as a leading expert in this emerging area of law. She has taught courses and lead seminars which focus on how to comply with the ever-changing legal and regulatory requirements of the cannabis industry. She is considered a trusted source by the media and has been interviewed by NPR, CNN and many local media outlets. Kimberly was a founding Board Member of the San Diego Cannabis Industry Association, San Diego’s leading cannabis chamber of commerce and political advocacy organization. Kimberly served as the founding and acting Chapter Chair for San Diego Women Grow from 2015-2018. It is with great pride that Kimberly also serves as a Board Member of the California Cannabis Industry Association and co-chair of the Retail & Delivery Committee. Kimberly is committed to working hand in hand with other cannabis industry leaders to navigate the ever-changing regulatory landscape of California’s robust cannabis industry.

Kimberly maintains the following memberships: California NORML, American’s For Safe Access, National Cannabis Industry Association, California Cannabis Industry Association, Women Grow, the National Cannabis Bar Association and San Diego Leadership Alliance.