Region: CannaVest West

Jeremy Unruh

Director, Public and Regulatory Affairs, PharmaCann LLC

9:15 AM Navigating the US Regulatory, Compliance & Tax Landscape

Jeremy Unruh serves as the PharmaCann director of regulatory and external affairs.

Jeremy is responsible for the company’s external matters, including legislative policy and public affairs; media relationships; and coordination with state and local regulators. He works closely with PharmaCann’s finance team to facilitate investor and banking relationships. He manages lobbying efforts in seven statehouses and Washington, D.C., and is at the tip of the spear as PharmaCann works to develop its licensed facilities in Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia.

As one of the company’s original employees, Jeremy served as PharmaCann’s first general counsel and chief compliance officer, responsible for the buildout, security, and warehousing functions of the three existing PharmaCann cultivation centers and eight operational dispensaries in Illinois and New York:

Developed and commissioned two 60,000 ft.2 cultivation centers and four dispensaries in Illinois.
Developed and commissioned a 130,000 ft.2 manufacturing center and four dispensaries in New York.
Managed interaction between company and the state regulatory agencies of New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Massachusetts relating to the licensed cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis.
Developed the legal and regulatory compliance systems for all of the PharmaCann operational facilities with more than 240 employees.
Beginning his career as a prosecutor, Jeremy was trained in trial advocacy by the United States Department of Justice at the National College of District Attorneys in Columbia, S.C. Before his eventual appointment as the first-chair prosecutor in the courtroom of the Chief Judge of the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Jeremy successfully investigated and tried drug cases, homicides, financial, and sexual abuse crimes.

Jeremy went into private practice for a firm that would reach the American Lawyer Top 100 during his tenure. Jeremy’s practice focused on commercial litigation, internal compliance investigations in the financial services and healthcare sectors, and product liability defense. He was the lead trial attorney on the national product liability trial team for a Fortune 100 industrial company for many years. He joined the firm’s Chicago office in 2006, where he first met (now PharmaCann CEO) Teddy Scott. He and Teddy helped grow the Chicago law firm from a handful of lawyers to an office of more than 100 lawyers when they left to join the medical cannabis industry in 2015.

Jeremy has a B.S. from Kansas State University. He earned a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law where he was an inaugural recipient of the Environmental Law certificate. While serving as an assistant state’s attorney in Chicago, Jeremy attended DePaul University Kellstadt School of Business Management at night and earned his M.B.A. Jeremy lives with his wife, their three children, and a half-witted dog.