Media and Events


UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

March 18, 2020. Becoming an Employer and Hiring: Employment Law Issues for Farmers. Nevada County Cannabis Alliance . (Sarah)

March 20, 2020. The Human Side of Cannabis Appellations. SXSW. Austin, Texas (Heather)

April 2, 2020. Cannabis Appellations Symposium. Berkeley Law. Berkeley, CA (Heather)

April 10, 2020. Cannabis Genetics Conference. Humboldt County Growers Association. (Heather)

PAST ENGAGEMENTS AND PRESS:

*This following is a list of articles about Heather, her cases, cases she has worked on, and links to her blog posts, going back to 2008.*

Feb. 28, 2020. Radio Guest. Cannabis Appellations. The Cannabis Connection Show. KSCO AM 1080.

Jan. 21, 2020. MCLE Presentation. Cannabis Appellations. Nevada County Law Library

Oct. 3, 2019. Presentation. Startup Considerations For Regulated Operators. El Dorado County Growers Alliance.

Sept. 18, 2019. Presentation. Demystifying Written Agreements:  A Business Primer for California’s Regulated Industry. Humboldt County Growers Alliance.

August 21, 2019. Presentation. Demystifying Written Agreements:  A Business Primer for California’s Regulated Industry. Nevada County Cannabis Alliance.

July 17, 2019. Blog Post. The Momma Blog: The Rules About Children On A “Licensed Premise”.

July 9, 2019. Panelist. Cannabis Breeding Data & Ethics. Growing With Fishes Podcast. 

July 9, 2019. Blog Post. Part 2 Of 5: The Business Fundamentals Every California Cannabis Company Needs To Know: Cleaning Your Own House, Regulatory Compliance & Entity Governance.  

June 27, 2019. Blog Post. Cannabusiness Bosses: Labor & Employment Issues In The Regulated Era, Part 2: Hiring, Special Situations, And Wage & Hour Basics .

June 20, 2019. Blog Post. Unregulated Cannabis Cultivation In California: A 2019 Enforcement Overview.

June 19, 2019. Sarah Smale Presentation. Nevada County Cannabis Alliance. On-Farm Employer Compliance (With Or Without Registered Employees. How To Be A Boss AND Stay Compliant).

June 18, 2019. Sarah Smale Blog Post. Cannabusiness Bosses: Labor & Employment Issues In The Regulated Era, Part 1: Employee Or Independent Contractor?

June 8, 2019. Radio Interview. Higher Frequency KVMR. 

May 30, 2019. Blog Post. Hemp Update: USDA’S Position On Interstate Transport Of Hemp And Hemp-Derived Products.

May 22, 2019. Blog Post. The Business Fundamentals Every California Cannabis Company Needs To Know: A Five-Part Blog Series.

May 16, 2019. Presenter/Organizer. Meet Your Local Distributors. Origin Group Law LLP. 

May 14, 2019. The Union. Nevada County Supervisors Approve New Cannabis Grow Rules.

May 8, 2019. Radio Interview. Ital Culture Reggae w/ DJ Redlocks. KVMR. 

May 7, 2019. The Union. Nevada County Supervisors Tweak Cannabis Ordinance, Set For May 14 Vote On New Rules (Video).

April 28, 2019. Panelist.  The Legal Panel. The Heart of Cannabis.

April 28, 2019. Moderator.  The Distribution Panel. The Heart of Cannabis.

March 13, 2019. Blog Post. Nevada County Strong: An Open Letter To Nevada County Farmers.

March 4, 2019. Presenter/Organizer. Cultivating Community: A Free Local Permitting & State Licensing Seminar for Growers

Feb. 22, 2019. Blog Post. Alert! Immediate Need For Letters In Support Of SB 67 (Temp License Bill).

Feb. 19, 2019.  Presenter/MCLE Trainer. Commercial Cannabis is Here: What Farmers Need to Know NOW. Nevada County Law Library. 

Feb. 13, 2019. Blog Post. Nevada County: Consider Outdoor Licenses This Season.

Feb. 5, 2019. Presenter/Attorney Trainer. Ethical Considerations in Cannabis Law.  ProLaw CLE. 

Feb. 1, 2019. Blog Post. Hemp In CA: A Post-Farm Bill Update.

Jan. 14, 2019. The Union. Heather Burke: Curbing Cannabis Robberies, Means DA And Sheriff Need To Protect Farmers.

Dec. 22, 2018. The Emerald Cup. Legalization And The Forgotten Victims Of Prohibition. Panelist. 

Nov. 8, 2018. The Union. Nevada County Prosecutors Drop All Remaining Drug Cases Involving Deputy Mackey.

Nov. 5, 2018. Mg Magazine. 30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know.

Oct. 26, 2018. The Union. Nevada County Judge Revises Ruling About Deputy Mackey.

Sept .25,  2018. The State Of Cannabis. California Cannabis Appellations. Panelist. 

Aug. 17, 2018. The Union. Deputy Jason Mackey Returns To Witness Stand In Marijuana Case.

July 17, 2019. The Union. Deputy Jason Mackey Gets Another Hearing About Judge’s Ruling On Misleading And False Statement.

June 25, 2018. The Union. Passage Of Nevada County Cannabis Ordinance Could Be Next Year.

June 25, 2018 The Union. Nevada County Receives First Commercial Cannabis Permit Application.

May 25, 2018. Blog Post. Temporary Local Permits Update.

May 17, 2018. The Union. Nevada County Releases Details About Temporary Medical Commercial Cannabis Permits.

May 1, 2018. The Union. Nevada County Judge Finds Problems With Deputy In Marijuana Search Warrant.

April 28, 2018. Blog Post. Nevada County’s Commercial Cultivation Ordinance And CEQA: What Every Nevada County Farmer Needs To Know.

April 10, 2018. The Union. Decision About Deputy Jason Mackey Now Rests With Nevada County Judge.

April 8, 2018. The Union. Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Mackey Addresses Allegations Of Dishonesty In Court. 

March 8, 2018. Greenspoon Marder. California Cannabis Regulation Update.

March 8, 2018. Nevada County Cannabis Alliance. Free CA Cannabis Regulations Update With Heather Burke.

Feb. 11, 2018. The Union. Heather Burke: Response To District Attorney’s Statement On Sheriff’s Deputy.

Feb. 7, 2018. YubaNet. Op-Ed / Heather Burke’s Response To Cliff Newell’s Statement On Deputy Mackey.

Dec. 14, 2017. YubaNet. Noon Time Legal Seminar: California Cannabis Law 2018 Presented By Heather Burke.

Dec. 14, 2017. The Union. Legal Seminar On Cannabis Law In Nevada City.

Dec. 12, 2017. Blog Post. The Small Farmer Program: A Worksheet For Farmers Headed Into The Regulated Era.

Dec. 5, 2017. Blog Post. Summary Of Our Comments To The Emergency Regulations: Owners, Priority, And Terpenes.

Nov. 26, 2017. Green State. Will Small Cannabis Farmers Survive?

Aug. 7, 2017. The Union. Legal Seminar On Pot Scheduled For Nevada City.

July 5, 2017. Sacramento Business Journal. Outside Law Firms Hire Area Partners For Cannabis Practices.

June 28, 2017. Law.com. Greenspoon Marder’s Cannabis Kick Continues With Burke Bolt-On.

May 5, 2017. The Union. Nevada County, State Prepares Feedback For Statewide Medical Marijuana Grow Regulations.

May 5, 2017, The Union. Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment Seen As Positive By Nevada County, California Cannabis Advocates.

April 30, 2017. The Union. Workshop Focuses On Environmentally Friendly Cannabis Cultivation.

April 20, 2017. Blog Post.  From Zero to Sixty: Cannabis Corporations in the Last Days of the Collective/Cooperative.

Mar. 20, 2017. The Union.  Serious drug charges dropped after tests show suspected cocaine was flour.

March 17, 2017. YubaNet. Op-Ed | Heather Burke: Hiring of consultant a wise decision, but what about those fines?

Mar. 4, 2017. Blog Post. The Tortoise, the Hare, and the Ostrich: Legal Compliance in the 2017 Growing Season.

Feb. 22, 2017. The Union. Nevada City talks medical marijuana.

Feb. 13, 2017. Blog Post Video. Discussing Federal Cannabis Issues with Attorney Omar Figueroa.

Feb. 13, 2017. Blog Post and Interactive Game. Choose Your Own Adventure: Gate Notice Edition.

Jan. 30, 2017. The Union. Nevada City forum focuses on future of marijuana.

Jan. 29, 2017. YubaNet. Attorney Heather Burke joins Monday’s Town Talk: The Future of Cannabis.

Jan. 17, 2017. Nevada City attorney Heather Burke discusses changing landscape of cannabis law.

Jan. 1, 2017. Blog Post and Video. Probable Cause in Planning and Planting Your Legal Cannabis Garden.

Dec. 16, 2016. The Union. Nevada County District Attorney’s release of Mackey documents prompts delay, request for dismissal in Kitchens case.

Dec. 13, 2016. Fellow Nevada County Sheriff’s narcotics detective allegedly complained about Mackey in 2014.

Dec. 12, 2016. Documents detail alleged wrongdoing by Nevada County Sheriff’s narcotics detective.

Dec. 9, 2016. The Union. Legal battle continues: Felony case heard Friday involves narcotics detective Jason Mackey.

Dec. 6, 2016. The Union. Documents disclosed in case involving Nevada County Sheriff’s narcotics detective.

Dec. 4, 2016. The Union. Defense Attorneys Continue to Question Credibility of Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Detective.

Dec. 4, 2016. The Union. Seminar on Cannabis Law Set for January in Nevada City.

Nov. 19, 2016.  Blog Post. Prop 64’s Effect on Criminal Records: Legal Invalidity vs. Redesignating Prior Felonies.

Nov. 9, 2016.  The Union.  Prop 64: Next steps for Nevada County.

Nov. 9, 2016. The Union.  Voters OK Recreational Recreational Marijuana in California.

Nov. 4, 2016.  YubaNet.  Heather Burke. “Why I’m Voting Yes on 64: A Tortured Analysis.”

Oct. 28, 2016. MerryJane Magazine.  Is Compliance With California Cannabis Law Enough?

Oct. 13, 2016. The Union.  Prop 64 Would Bring More Than Just Legal Marijuana to Nevada County.

Oct. 2, 2016. Blog Post.  What to Know About Aerial Surveillance During Harvest.

Sept. 28, 2016.  The Union.  Nevada City Moves Forward With Marijuana Dispensary Process.

August 15, 2016.  Tahoe Daily Journal.  Election 2016: Pot measure would affect several aspects of CA law.

August 14, 2016. The Union.  Recreational pot measure would affect several aspects of state law.  

August 4, 2016.  The Union.   Five Arrested at Multiple Pot Grows.

July 26, 2016.  YubaNet.  Live! Nevada County BOS meeting July 26, 2016.

Jul. 20, 2016. YubaNet. Op-Ed: Local attorney Heather Burke requests Nevada County Sheriff to hold off on sweeps until BOS meeting

June 8, 2016. The Union.  Hall headed to District 1 supes win; Scofield on track in District 2.

Jun. 6, 2016. YubaNet. Heather Burke: So to the future, place your strong hopes there. Then get back to work.

June 4, 2016. Blog Post.  Nevada County: “Let Us See Who Is Strongest.”

May 31, 2016.  Sacramento Bee.  Chapter 3: A Political Fight Turns Personal.

May 12, 2016. YubaNet. Heather Burke: The Royal Kingdom.

May 5, 2016. MG Magazine. Nevada county attorney discusses patchwork problem.

April 24, 2016.  The Union.  Legal battle brewing over narcotics cases filed by Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

April 24, 2016.  The Union.  Defendants in drug felony cases span gamut.  

April 18, 2016.  The Union.  Sheriff: Narcotics officer cleared of misconduct after months-long investigation.

March 28, 2016.  Blog Post. What the County Isn’t Telling Us About Their Cannabis Initiative.

March 17, 2016.  The Union.  (UPDATE) Nevada County marijuana: Judge rules Measure W will appear on June ballot.

March 15, 2016. YubaNet. TRO denied, hearing set for Thursday in Measure W writ.

March 15, 2016.  The Union.  Nevada County marijuana: Judge makes no changes to Measure W; another hearing this Thursday.

March 14, 2016. YubaNet. Amended writ against Measure W filed.

March 11, 2016.  The Union.  Nevada County marijuana: Attorneys tweak impartial analysis for Measure W.

March 10, 2016. YubaNet. Nevada County complies with judge’s order, writes new impartial analysis for Measure W.

March 8, 2016.  YubaNet.  Hearing on Measure W – live.

March 8, 2016.  The Union.  UPDATE: Judge sides with Forrest Hurd in Measure W case (DOCUMENTS).

March 4, 2016.  YubaNet.  Measure W: TRO granted, hearing set for Tuesday.

March 4, 2016.  The Union.  Nevada County Superior Court judge prohibits printing Measure W ballots, sets Tuesday hearing for final decision.

March 4, 2016. YubaNet. Measure W hearing – live.

March 3, 2016.  YubaNet.  Hurd family asks for privacy during Nevada County Measure W hearing set for tomorrow.

March 2, 2016. YubaNet. Measure W not on upcoming BOS agenda.

March 1, 2016. YubaNet. Revised Impartial Analysis of Measure W.

March 1, 2016.  The Union.  Exemption for outdoor marijuana grows won’t be formally discussed at Nevada County supervisors meeting.

March 1, 2016.  The Union.  Hearing on Measure W scheduled for Friday, March 4, in Nevada County Superior Court.

February 29, 2016.  YubaNet.  Writ filed against Measure W.

February 29, 2016.  The Union.  Nevada County marijuana: Forrest Hurd files writ in attempt to remove Measure W from ballot.

Feb. 26, 2016. Heather Burke: What the county isn’t telling us about its cannabis initiative.

Feb. 25, 2016.  The Union.  Proposal requesting outdoor grow exemptions submitted to Nevada County supervisors.

Feb. 22, 2016. The Union.  Hugs and tears of joy for Pure Life crew.

Feb. 22, 2016.  The Union.  Open records request depicts strong emotion for, against outdoor marijuana ban in Nevada County.

Feb. 19, 2016.  The Union.  Records request reveals strong opposition to outdoor marijuana cultivation ban by Nevada County Supervisors.

Feb. 16, 2016.  The Union.  Voter-implemented pot ban would be ‘bullet-proof’.

Feb. 15, 2016.  Blog Post. The Future of Cannabis Cultivation in a Banned County.

Feb. 9, 2016. YubaNet. Live! The Nevada County BOS hearing on the proposed ballot measure.

Feb. 9, 2016.  The Union.  Heather Burke: What the county isn’t telling us about its cannabis initiative.

Feb. 8, 2016.  YubaNet.  What the County Isn’t Telling Us About Their Cannabis Initiative.

Feb. 7, 2016.  The Union. Board of Supervisors to again discuss marijuana ban, upcoming vote in Nevada County.

Jan. 29, 2016.  The Union.  Penalties for violating Nevada County marijuana ordinance remain unchanged after outdoor ban implemented.

Jan. 20, 2016.  The Union.  Marijuana bill heads to full state Senate after Health Committee vote; would remove March 1 deadline if passed by governor.

Jan. 18, 2016.  The Union.  Marijuana grow supporters urged to vote in June 7 election on local outdoor ban.

Jan. 12, 2016.  YubaNet.  Live! The Nevada County BOS meeting on Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation Ban.

Jan. 12, 2016.  The Union.  Nevada County marijuana: Supes pass outdoor grow ban in 4-to-1 vote.

Jan. 10, 2016. Blog Post.  My thoughts on the Yuba County narc detective’s recent arrest for trafficking 247 pounds of cannabis out of state.

Jan. 6, 2016.  SacBee.  Arrest of Yuba-Sutter narcotics officer imperils prosecutions.

Nov. 7, 2016. YubaNet. Heather Burke: A respectful addition to the local conversation re Prop 64 in Nevada County.

Nov. 6, 2015.  The Union.  Transplants a Growing Problem in Nevada County Marijuana Cultivation.

October 30, 2015.  The Union.  Seven Pot Growers Arraigned.

Oct. 1, 2015.  Blog Post.  Tips for a Happy Harvest.

Aug. 19, 2015.  Blog Post. Is Your Grow Legit?

June 20, 2015.  NorCal High Times Cannabis Cup (Speaker).  The Future of Legalization in California.

June 14, 2015.  Sonoma County Growers Alliance (Speaker).  How to Operate Business in a Changing Landscape.

May 27, 2015. The Leaf Online. First schedule 1 hearing appeal filed.

May 22, 2015. Cannabis Now. Why California legalization is more unified than it seems.

May 15, 2015. The Daily Signal. Federal judge refuses to reschedule marijuana under Controlled Substances Act.

April/May 2015. Skunk Magazine.  Named one of Skunk Magazine’s “Women of Weed” for 2015.

April 27, 2015.  KNCO (Radio).  Nevada City Attorney at Forefront of Legalizing Pot.

April 20, 2015.  Fox40 Sacramento. (TV)  Push to Legalize Pot in California Continues.

April 19, 2015.  Sacramento Bee.  Pot’s holy day brings new attention to legalization debate.

April 19, 2015.  SF Gate.  Judge who upheld pot ban unconvinced drug has benefits.

April 18, 2015.  The Union.  Nevada City attorney submits proposal for statewide marijuana legalization initiative.

April 16, 2015.   Marijuana Growers Put on T-Shirts to Convince Sacramento They’re a Political Force… And It Appears to Work.

April 16, 2015.  AlterNet.  Federal Judge Blows Opportunity to Make Marijuana History.

April 15, 2015. YubaNet.  Nevada County attorney submits “The California Craft Cannabis Initiative” to Attorney General.

April 15, 2015.  New York Times.  No Clarity on Conflicting Laws as Judge Keeps Marijuana on List of Harmful Drugs.

April 15, 2015.  LA Times.  U.S. Judge Won’t Remove Marijuana From Most-Dangerous Drug List.

April 15, 2015.  ABC News.  Ruling on Marijuana Classification Disappoints Advocates.

April 15, 2015.  The Union. Nevada County group pushes for more restrictive outdoor pot grow ordinance.

April 15, 2015.  East Bay Express. First California Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed.

April 8, 2015.  Reuters. Marijuana Legalization Efforts in California Unify for 2016.

March 30, 2015.  Sacramento Bee. Pot dispensary sues El Dorado County over raid.

March 30, 2015. Sacramento Sun Times.  Marijuana dispensary files lawsuit against El Dorado County for police raid last year.

March 5, 2015. SYRCL.  Speaker for SYRCL’s “Growing Green for the Yuba” event.

Feb. 25, 2015. Blog Post.  The LawDog’s Marijuana-Land February 2015 update.

Feb. 19, 2015.  High Times.  Closing Arguments in Marijuana Rescheduling Case.

Feb. 16, 2015.  Cannabis Business Times.  California Judge to Rule on Constitutionality of Federal Marijuana Classification.

Feb. 12, 2015.  Time Magazine. Judge Weights Whether U.S. Marijuana Law is Unconstitutional.

Feb. 11, 2015.  Huffington Post.  U.S. Judge Debates Whether Marijuana Should Be Considered Among Most Dangerous Drugs.

Feb. 10, 2015.  Nevada County Union.  Emerald Growers group formed to seek consensus on cannabis.

Jan 20, 2015.  LA Times.  Is marijuana really as dangerous as heroin and LSD? Finally, a welcome legal review.

Jan. 20, 2015.  CBS News, Sacramento. (TV)  Federal Judge’s Ruling Could Affect Marijuana’s Classification As Schedule 1 Drug.

Jan. 13, 2015.  LA Times.  Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law.

Jan. 2, 2015.  SF Gate.  Feds stick to court argument that marijuana is dangerous.

Nov. 24, 2014.  Mint Press News.  California Case Could Be A Pivotal Moment In Ending The War On Marijuana.

Nov. 5, 2014.  Cannabis Radio News. (Radio).  Inside the Hearings to Reclassify Marijuana.

Nov. 4, 2014.  SF Gate.   War on marijuana unconstitutional? Federal judge reviews evidence.

Nov. 1, 2014.  The Union.  Nevada County pot ordinance in crosshairs.

Oct. 22, 2014. Mint Press News. War on marijuana unconstitutional, doctors testify in federal court Monday.

Oct. 11, 2014.  The Union.  Measure S Brings Common Sense Back to Cannabis Cultivation.

Oct. 3, 2014.  The Union. Dowling denies halting elections to reprint ballots.

July 3, 2014.  Blog Post.  Why Are Some Nor-Cal Growers Against Legalization?

April 1, 2014.  Blog Post.  Big happenings in Heather’s little marijuana land.

Feb. 10, 2014.  The Legislative Counsel Initiative Process: The Kick Off.

Dec. 10, 2013.  Law360.   ‘Anonymous’ Hackers Plead Guilty To PayPal Cyberattack.

Dec. 9, 2013.  Time Magazine.  Anonymous Hackers Plead Guilty to PayPal Cyber Attack.

Dec. 6, 2013.  LA Times.  Members of hacker group Anonymous plead guilty in PayPal cyber attack.

Jan. 13, 2013. The Smoking Gun.  Indicted Man Asks Judge To Lift Twitter Ban.

March 15, 2012.  The Press Democrat.  Judge: Video of west county artist’s arrest can stay online.

Feb. 22, 2012.  The Press Democrat.  PD Editorial: An Attempt at YouTube Censorship.

Jan. 31, 2012.  Blog Post. Sometimes you just got those prison blues.

Oct. 24, 2012. SF Gate.  Jovan Jackson’s Conviction Reversed: California Appeals Court Finds Medical Marijuana Defense Applies To Club Operators, Too.

Dec. 31, 2011. Blog Post. Are the Mass Arrests of the Occupiers the End of the Occupy Movement?

Nov. 8, 2011.  Blog Post. Can cops really search your car if they smell weed???

July 19, 2011.  Wired.  Feds Arrest 14 ‘Anonymous’ Suspects Over PayPal Attack, Raid Dozens More.

Feb. 8, 2011.  Blog Post.  The humble lawyer?

Dec. 2, 2009.  San Diego Union Tribune.  Manager of Medical Pot Dispensary is Acquitted.

Dec. 1, 2008.  KFMB News. Not guilty verdict reached in medical marijuana trial.