Ammon J. Ford
As a cannabis lawyer at Gleam Law, Ammon helps businesses navigate complex transactions in the highly regulated hemp, CBD, and legal marijuana industry. He has extensive experience helping cannabis businesses secure, protect, and fully utilize their copyrights and trademarks.
Ammon holds a joint J.D. and MBA degree from Seattle University’s School of Law and Albers School of Business and Economics, with a focus in entrepreneurial business law. Ammon currently sits on the board of the Washington State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Section and is an active member of both the Cannabis Alliance and the National Cannabis Industry Association. Clearly, he is a cannabis attorney who is dialed into the business needs and pain points of entrepreneurs.
At Seattle University, Ammon’s Nocturnal Brewing team was the Grand Prize Winner of the 17th Annual Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition, hosted in 2015 by the Albers Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. In 2013, he founded the Cannabis Law Society (CLAW), the first cannabis-centered law student association in the U.S., and served on the boards of the JD/MBA Student Association and Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity.
When he is not working, you can find Ammon camping, reading poetry, and spending time with his wife and their dog Stubby Charlie.
- Joint JD and MBA degree at Seattle University’s School of Law and Albers School of Business and Economics.
- BA in English-Creative Writing from City University of New York, Hunter College in New York City, NY
- TESOL Certificate from Peking University in Beijing, China.
IP Licensing: A Pathway For International Cannabis Branding, MG Magazine, June 2018
Likely Outcomes of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Siding with the DEA, Ganjapreneur, May 2018
SBA Policy Change Chills Loans for ‘Cannabis-Related’ Business, MG Magazine, April 2018
Whats’ in a Name: Protect your company’s brand, Marijuana Ventures, January 2018
How to Use (or Lose) a Cannabis Trademark, Ganjaprenuer, December 2017
Blunts and Spliffs, Marijuana Ventures, June 2017
Clean Air Regulations Impact Cannabis Business, Marijuana Ventures, October 2015
“Hemp-Derived CBD in Washington State and Across the Country,” June, 2019, Cannabis Law Section – Washington State Bar Association
“The Importance of Trademarks in a Budding Industry,” January, 2018, Cannabis Collaborative Conference
“Cannabis IP: Federal and State Protection of Trademarks and Other Intellectual Property,” November, 2018, Seattle University