Robert A. Raich practices law in Oakland, California, where he specializes in medical cannabis law, business law, political law, and lobbying. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Texas School of Law, he previously practiced law with Eber, Nakagawa & Kitajo in San Francisco and with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C.
Robert Raich has spoken across the United States and internationally on the regulation of medical cannabis. He was the attorney in both of the U.S. Supreme Court cases ever to consider medical cannabis issues: United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative, 532 U.S. 483 (2001), and Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005). Mr. Raich was a member of the California Attorney General’s Medical Marijuana Task Force (Chairman, Caregiver Issues Subcommittee), and he has taught classes on medical cannabis to cadets at Police Department Police Academies, as well as continuing education classes to other lawyers. He has appeared before dozens of tribunals throughout the country, lobbying with respect to medical cannabis legislation and litigating medical cannabis cases. Mr. Raich is the recipient of the Americans for Safe Access “Defenders of Justice Award” for his legal work on behalf of “countless patients and providers.” Mr. Raich is also a member of the Board of Directors of California NORML, a member of the National NORML Legal Committee, and a Founding Board Member of the National Cannabis Bar Association.
Before practicing law, Mr. Raich served as a staff member in the United States Senate and the Texas House of Representatives, served in various positions in presidential and senatorial election campaigns, was a public opinion survey analyst, and worked as a television sound and camera technician and as a radio reporter. He was the publisher of an art journal, and served on a U.S. Department of Transportation Advisory Committee.
At the behest of former President of Mexico Vincente Fox, Mr. Raich spoke at the USA – Mexico Symposium on the Legalization and Medical Use of Cannabis in Guanajuato, Mexico, July 18-20, 2013.Robert Raich with former President of Mexico Vincente Fox
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