About Us

The Georgia Cannabis Trade Association (GA-CTA) was created by attorneys from Elarbee Thompson Sapp & Wilson. The founders bring to the association and extensive background in guiding businesses in labor and employment issues, immigration and litigation. Our backgrounds are geared toward helping business owners, both large and small, deal with the basic and complex issues of operation and compliance. The goal of the Georgia Cannabis Trade Association is to educate and to provide a forum to exchange ideas and strategies in this new area of commerce.


GA-CTA will provide regular programming dealing with business and legal topics and legislative analysis. Our hope is that our membership will utilize us as a resource for learning and growing their cannabis business.

What We Do

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The Georgia Cannabis Trade Association brings together top minds from the legal and the cannabis industries to provide information, resources and counsel. Current trends suggest that the national legalization of cannabis may occur in the next five years. Currently, cannabis continues to be heavily regulated by state agencies and other bureaucratic layers. Our most pressing goal is to inform and and to prepare businesses for entry and growth in this challenging environment.


We are addressing issues of top concern to the cannabis industry in Georgia, including:

Business Agreements

State vs. Federal Compliance Issues

State vs. Federal Compliance Issues

State vs. Federal Compliance Issues

State vs. Federal Compliance Issues

State vs. Federal Compliance Issues

Protection of Trademarks

State vs. Federal Compliance Issues

Protection of Trademarks

Employee Handbooks

Trade Secret Protections

Protection of Trademarks

Non-compete Agreements

Trade Secret Protections

Trade Secret Protections

Trade Secret Protections

Trade Secret Protections

Trade Secret Protections

Contracts

Money and Investment Strategies

Contracts

OSHA

Money and Investment Strategies

Contracts

Money and Investment Strategies

Money and Investment Strategies

Money and Investment Strategies

Taxation

Immigration

Money and Investment Strategies

Licensing

Immigration

Immigration

Immigration

Immigration

Immigration

Our Founders

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Sanford A. Posner, Executive Director

Sanford A. Posner, Executive Director

Sanford A. Posner, Executive Director

Sanford heads the firm’s immigration practice. He works in the area of immigration and naturalization law.  Recently, he began the firm's Cannabis Industry Group. Sanford represents multi-national clients and individuals who are pursuing non-immigrant and immigrant visas. Sanford works with a wide scope of employers in various industries, including technology, telecommunications, education, pharmaceuticals, entertainment and manufacturing. He regularly consults with companies who need guidance with immigration compliance issues including I-9, EVerify and Audit Defense. He assists employers that are pursuing both long-term and short-term immigration strategies for their employees. Sanford meets regularly with business leaders and human resource personnel to provide updates and lead round table discussions dealing with immigration topics. In his role with the Cannabis Industry Group, Sanford assists individuals and business' with a range of issues including starting a business, licensure and compliance.

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Justin Connell, Director

Sanford A. Posner, Executive Director

Sanford A. Posner, Executive Director

Justin represents clients nationwide in both federal and state courts. He has been named a “Georgia Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine and a “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine. The major focus of Justin’s practice is complex civil litigation, particularly business litigation, class actions, labor and employment disputes, and catastrophic and significant injury cases. He has served as lead counsel in a wide range of litigation subject areas, including RICO, products liability, shareholder derivative actions, business valuation cases, trade secrets, breach of trust or fiduciary duty matters, lost profits, consumer fraud, business torts, constitutional, civil rights, and computer fraud cases. Justin is a member of the Firm’s Cannabis Industry Group. In this role, Justin advises individuals, farmers, and businesses in a wide variety of issues, including licensure and compliance.