Jesse Stout advises cannabis industry clients, including supply-chain and ancillary businesses, in transactional law, general corporate matters, corporate structuring, entity formation, state and local licensing, regulatory compliance, and legislative and policy work.
Jesse has extensive experience in cannabis policy, legislation, and regulation. In 2015 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors appointed him to a three-year term on the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force, advising the Board on implementing Proposition 64 through local legislation (effective January 2018). For 2017, he chaired the Legislative Committee of the California Cannabis Industry Association. Previously, Jesse served as executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC), leading the organization’s successful efforts to pass state laws protecting seriously ill Rhode Islanders’ safe access to medical cannabis. The 2006, 2007, and 2009 Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Acts were enacted over gubernatorial vetoes. Jesse created a grassroots network of patients and caregivers, helped their voices be heard in the legislature and the media, and personally testified before legislative committees in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He conducted RIPAC’s public education campaign, organizing accredited trainings for doctors, nurses, police, and lawyers including the RI Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and RI Office of the Public Defender. While working with legislators to craft bills, Jesse closely liaised with the RI Department of Health to implement the Medical Marijuana Program.
Previously, Jesse served as policy director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), an activist law office dedicated to advancing civil and human rights of formerly incarcerated people. He led the organization’s state and local lobbying efforts, tracking hundreds of bills and connecting formerly incarcerated people with legislators. Victories included AB 218 in 2013 (initial applications for public jobs in California cannot ask conviction history), SB 405 in 2015 (no fee to seal juvenile records), and the 2014 San Francisco Fair Chance Act.
- J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- B.A., English, Brown University
- 2016 Daily Journal CLAY Award (Attorney of the Year)
- 2014 SF Human Rights Commission HERO Award for Organizations Advancing Civil Rights
- 2014 SF Board of Supervisors Certificate of Honor
- 2010 NORML Student Activist Award
- 2007 High Times Freedom Fighter of the Month Award