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Daniel Shortt

Corporate & Regulatory Attorney

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Daniel is a corporate and regulatory attorney based in Seattle, Washington who works extensively with entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. He advises clients on matters related to both hemp and marijuana, and frequently speaks on legal issues relating to cannabis across the country and abroad. Daniel is quoted as an authority on cannabis law in dozens of publications including Marijuana Moment, Hemp Industry Daily, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg, to name a few. Before joining Green Light Law Group, Daniel spent five years at Harris Bricken and wrote for the Canna Law Blog.

Daniel graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, where he worked extensively with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to fund and establish the Cannabis Law and Policy Project (CLPP). He then served as the editor of the CLPP blog and as a Hazelton Fellow researching cannabis law. Daniel also interned for Justice Richard Baldwin of the Oregon Supreme Court and for the Seattle City Attorney.

As an undergrad, Daniel studied music at Gonzaga University, focusing on jazz guitar. After college, he worked and volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing guitar, taking boxing classes, and exploring Seattle with his wife Ciera and their two dogs Dexter and Oliver.

Professional Activities
Washington State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Section – Executive Board Member (2018 - 2020)


Daniel Shortt

Speaking Engagements

Selling Hemp Derived CBD Products in Your Retail Shop, Why Now ASD Market Week, June 9, 2020.

CBD Considerations - The Seminar Group, Webcast, March 24, 2020.

“The Current Legal Status of Industrial Hemp and CBD Products,” NORML Key West Legal Seminar, Key West, Florida, December 7, 2019.

“Cannabis in the U.S. and Abroad,” WSBA International Law Section, Seattle, WA, December 4, 2019.

“Legal Issues and Career Opportunities in the Cannabis Industry,” Gonzaga School of Law, Spokane, WA, November 25, 2019.

Program chair and presenter, “The Lucrative Business of Marijuana in Washington State,” Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, November 21-22, 2019.

“CBD & THC: Understanding the Global Landscape,” CanEx Jamaica Montego Bay, Jamaica, September 27, 2019.

“Webinar: Hemp-Derived CBD In Washington State and Across the Country,” Washington State Bar Association Cannabis Law Section, June 19, 2019.

“CBD/Hemp Update,” Marijuana Law – A Comprehensive Overview for Beginners or Pros, King County Bar Association, May 30, 2019.

“Washington Cannabis Law and Policy Under the Trump Administration,” NAPMW LPO Seminar, Chelan, Washington, April 21, 2018.

“Update on the State of Cannabis,” The Seminar Group’s 17th Annual CLE Bootcamp, December 7, 2018.

Program Chair and Presenter, “Cross-Border Cannabis Considerations: Oregon and Washington Update,” The Seminar Group’s Medical and Recreational Marijuana, November 30 and December 1, 2017.

“Hemp and CBD Update,” The Business of Marijuana in Washington State, Seminar Group, November 30, 2018.

“Legal Pitfalls Cannabis Businesses Face and How to Avoid Them,” CanEx Jamaica 2018, September 28, 2018

“Cannabis Laws & How They Affect Real Estate Transactions,” Back to School Daze, Escrow Association of Washington, September 19, 2018..

“Buyer Breakfast hosted by Cannuka,” FounderMade Consumer Discovery Show, June 11, 2018

“Marijuana Update,” The Seminar Group’s 16th Annual CLE Bootcamp, Seattle, WA, November 29, 2017.

“Legal Best Practices for Marijuana Product Packaging and Testing,” National Business Institute’s Recreational Marijuana Business Law, July 21, 2017.

“The Marijuana Industry & Financial Services: What’s Happening? What’s in Store?” ABA-BLS Spring Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 8, 2017.

“Business Issues with Cannabis,” 2017 Cannabis Law Update, King County Bar Association, March 30, 2017.

“Overview of Legal Cannabis in Oregon and Washington,” Perkin Elmer’s Food, Beer & Cannabis Seminar, September 27 & 29, 2016.

Moderator, “Working in Weed: Emerging Labor and Employment Issues in the Cannabis Industry,” Students for Labor and Employment Justice, University of Washington School of Law, April 26, 2016.

Guest Lecturer, “Legal Cannabis,” University of Washington School of Law, April 8, 2016.

Media Appearances

KUOW - Are CBD bars legal? KUOW 94.9, September 3, 2019

Is CBD legal? Does it work? Your questions answered | Well+Good ( Well + Good, July 27, 2018.

Federal agencies give hemp a boost - FreightWaves Freight Waves, May 30, 2019.

For CBD food craze, regulations and restrictions are all over the map - The Washington Post The Washington Post, April 7, 2019.

“Investing in the Boom,” Bloomberg Businessweek, October 15, 2018.

State Considers Amnesty Program for Pot Business Owners That Hide Ownership - Slog - The Stranger The Stranger, July 23, 2018.

As NY Health Dept. Backs Marijuana Legalization, Attorneys Eye New Practice Area ( New York Law Journal, July 13, 2018.

“The Feds Declare Pot Is Medicine,” The Stranger, July 4, 2018.

“CBD Oil Products Were Already Readily Available – How is Epidiolex Different?” Cafe Pharma, July 2, 2018.

Did Washington Accidentally Legalize Cannabis Delivery? This Dealer Thinks So | Herb HERB, June 15, 2018.

Is CBD legal in the US? It depends who you ask, but hemp-derived products are getting closer — Quartz ( Quartzy, June 9, 2018. Washington Examiner, February 27, 2018.

Maintenance Request: Am I Really Not Allowed to Smoke Weed in My Apartment? - Slog - The Stranger The Stranger, February 23, 2018.

This extract is driving a hemp gold rush. But is it legal? ( The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 5, 2018.

After Sessions marijuana memo, where do U.S. attorneys stand on weed? ( The Cannabist, February 5, 2018.

“Medical Marijuana Could Be Good Business In Pennsylvania,” WPSU Penn State, January 30, 2018.

How Jeff Sessions' Weed Enforcement Reversal Could Impact Medical Marijuana Patients ( Gizmodo, January 4, 2018.

Even with AG protection, Sessions' pot decision may still affect Wash. ( Seattle Post Intelligence, January 4, 2018.

“Feds put their foot down on pot,” KIRO 7 News, January 4, 2018.

Industry insiders, state officials in recreational cannabis markets vow to stay the course ( Marijuana Business Daily, January 4, 2018.

Breaking Down The Regulatory Differences Among West Coast Cannabis Markets - OPB OPB News, December 21, 2017.

Costly employment-related lawsuits on the rise in cannabis industry as MJ workforce grows ( Marijuana Business Daily, October 18, 2017.

Washington state rule change expands business options for marijuana cultivators ( Marijuana Business Daily, August 17, 2017.

Washington Legislators Update Cannabis Regulations to Address Federal Crackdown Threat ( Merry Jane, June 30, 2017.

Washington Licensing Change Expected to Bring Frenzy of Business Activity,” Leafly, August 10, 2017.

Pot Puzzle: In Washington state, it’s a checkerboard of marijuana rules and regulations | The Spokesman-Review Yakima Herald, July 22, 2017.

New Washington state cannabis regulations reflect concern about federal threat ( Marijuana Business Daily, June 29, 2017.

This Joke About National Drug Testing Day Isn't Funny - ATTN: ATTN:, April 20, 2017.

“Senate Drug Warriors’ False Claims Pave Way for Dangerous Bill,” AlterNet, April 12, 2017.

TSA Sends Mixed Message About Bringing Weed on Planes - ATTN: ATTN:, April 5, 2017.

Senator Dianne Feinstein Comments on Flavored Drugs - ATTN: ATTN:, March 31, 2017.

A Pioneer Square Startup Is Using Bitcoin to Let People Buy Pot With a Credit Card | Seattle Weekly Seattle Weekly, March 22, 2017.

“Reaction to White House’s marijuana comments,” KING 5, February 23, 2017.

Marijuana Businesses Pay Taxes, but Many Don't Have Bank Accounts – BayAreaCannabis The Desert Sun, January 23, 2017.

Still No Homegrown Marijuana in Washington—But That Could Change | High Times High Times, January 13, 2017.

Bill introduced to allow marijuana grown at home (, January 12, 2017.

What Not to Do When Driving With Marijuana in Your Car,” ATTN:, December 31, 2016.

Officer Gives Choice of Marijuana Charge or Pushups - ATTN: ATTN:, December 29, 2016.

How Donald Trump Will Affect State Marijuana Policy - ATTN: ATTN:, November 9, 2016.

The Absurd Reason Medical Marijuana Users Are Banned From Buying Guns | 420 Magazine ® ATTN:, September 1, 2016.

Yes, pot moratoriums are legal - All Politics is Local ( The Columbian Blogs, August 26, 2016.

“Canna Law: Concerns About Legalization,” Dope Magazine, May 27, 2016.

More Than Enough | Green Zone | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander | News, Politics, Music, Calendar, Events in Spokane, Coeur d'Alene and the Inland Northwest Inlander, May 19, 2016.

What’s Wrong with the Report That Says Washington Has Plenty of Medical Weed - Slog - The Stranger The Stranger, May 17, 2016.

Washington State Faces No Cannabis Crop Shortfall, Say UW Researchers - Leafly Leafly, May 12, 2016. (Full research findings HERE)

Canna Law: Legalization And The Adult Use Of Marijuana Act | DOPE Magazine Dope Magazine, April 25, 2016.

“Seattle Will Have Shut Down About 100 MMJ Dispensaries By July. Are We Better For It?,” Seattle Weekly, April 12, 2016.

Idaho Medical Marijuana Initiative 2016: Where State Stands on Legalizing Weed ( Mic, February 11, 2016.

Daniel's Blog Posts

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Washington Cannabis Bills to Watch in 2022

With a new year, comes a new legislative session, which started on January 10, 2022 here in Washington state. In…

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What Can Cannabis Legalization Tell Us About Psychedelics?

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Can the Biden Administration Deschedule Cannabis?

Last month, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker requested that the U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, initiate proceedings under the…

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New York Cannabis Control Board to Allow Medical Home Cultivation

New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) held its second meeting on October 21, 2021. The meeting covered proposed medical home…