Medical Marijuana and Employment Practices

February 19, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. EST
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More Americans are using medical marijuana therapeutically than ever before.  As the laws surrounding medical marijuana continue to evolve, there are proactive steps you can take now to protect your church, business, or nonprofit.  To learn more, register to attend the event in person or view the live webcast sponsored by Insurance Board.


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Meet Our Speakers

Patrick McManamon
Patrick McManamon

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cannasure Insurance Services, LLC

Patrick (Pat) McManamon is a pioneer in the cannabis insurance industry. The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cannasure Insurance Services, LLC (Cannasure), is a highly recognized insurance thought leader in all sectors of the cannabis and hemp industries ranging from dispensaries, cultivators, processor/ manufacturers, testing laboratories, landlords and ancillary businesses.

Starting out with a request for general liability insurance for a cannabis dispensary in 2009, Patrick spearheaded Cannasure to be the premier insurance solution provider in the marijuana industry. The firm is exclusive to the cannabis and hemp industries as a wholesale broker and MGA that facilitates insurance coverage placements, develops product/programs, underwrites and services standard, alternative risk as well as risk management placements.

Patrick’s expertise keeps him busy and well sought after to speak at insurance and cannabis and hemp events, advisor to many state regulators and frequently interviewed for his position or thoughts on cannabis and hemp trends by leading media outlets such as Crittenden, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, Business Insurance, Insurance Journal, and MJ Biz Daily.

Patrick recently concluded his tenure as the first Chairman of the National Cannabis Insurance Association’s (NCIA) insurance and finance committees. In addition, Patrick is a founding member of NCIA of Ohio.

Patrick is also an active member of ArcView Group (Cannabis Investment and Market Research).

Prior to Cannasure, Patrick was the President of McManamon Insurance, third-generation insurance group located in Cleveland, Ohio, where he guided the growth of the company in the emerging markets.

Patrick is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Political Science. A dedicated family man with three children, when not coaching his son’s youth lacrosse team he spends his free time supporting local organizations such as Ohio City Lacrosse and the House of Champions.

Dean Rocco
Dean Rocco


Dean Rocco is a pragmatic, results-oriented attorney with Wilson Elser. Dean leverages the firm’s geographic reach and strength across multiple disciplines to the benefit of clients.  Dean takes great pride in building longstanding partnerships with clients through responsive communication and consistent, positive results in keeping with clients’ business philosophies or litigation objectives. As a distinguished attorney and recognized authority in his field, Dean is routinely asked share to share his perspectives on evolving legal issues.

Dean is a Chair of the firm’s national Employment & Labor Practice Group.  In that capacity, Dean maintains a significant practice representing employers and management in a wide range of employment litigation.  Dean also lends his knowledge and perspective to negotiating executive compensation arrangements, building effective personnel policies, managing risk during difficult disciplinary issues, guiding employers through complex disability and leave situations and delivering online and in-person training programs for employees.

Dean also serves as a Chair of the firm’s national Cannabis Law Practice Group.  Dean helps clients inside and outside the cannabis industry navigate the complex and quickly evolving framework of laws around industrial hemp and commercial cannabis.  For clients within the industry, Dean supports clients in a full range of corporate legal services, including regulatory, transactional, commercial, intellectual property, employment and litigation matters.  Dean also works with insurance carriers to build insurance programs covering the industry and responding to claims against their insureds.