Jeremy Unruh brings a fifteen-year track record as a government prosecutor and big firm lawyer to the nascent medical cannabis industry. Mr. Unruh serves as the PharmaCann director of regulatory and external affairs.
He is responsible for external matters, including lobbying, legislative policy, and public affairs; media relationships; interface with state and local regulators; and developing investor and banking relationships.
Beginning his career as a prosecutor, Mr. Unruh distinguished himself as a solid courtroom advocate with a highly developed common-sense approach to the justice system respected by his colleagues, judges, and defense lawyers alike.
Mr. Unruh went into private practice for a firm that would reach the American Lawyer Top 100 during his tenure. Joining the firm’s Chicago office in 2006, Mr. Unruh helped grow the Chicago presence from a handful of lawyers to a powerhouse office of more than 100 lawyers when he left to join the medical cannabis industry. Mr. Unruh’s practice focused on commercial litigation, internal compliance investigations in the financial services and healthcare sectors, and product liability defense. Mr. Unruh was the lead attorney on the national product liability trial team for a Fortune 100 industrial company for many years.
He was PharmaCann’s first general counsel and chief compliance officer, helping to manage the buildout, security, and warehousing functions of the three existing PharmaCann cultivation centers and eight PharmaCannis dispensaries:
Developed two 70,000 ft.2 cultivation centers and four dispensaries in Illinois. Developed and operating a 130,000 ft.2 manufacturing center and four dispensaries in New York. Responsible for commissioning and obtaining state operational approval of these eleven facilities.
Managed interaction between company and the regulatory agencies of New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Massachusetts relating to the licensed cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis.
Responsible for all PharmaCann lobbying efforts, as well as banking, media relations, and other third-party relationships.
Responsible for developing legal and regulatory compliance systems for all 250,000 ft.2 of medical cannabis greenhouse growing and related operations, with more than 200 employees.
Responsible for developing regulatory compliance systems at eight medical cannabis dispensaries licensed pursuant to New York and Illinois law.
Jeremy has a B.S. from Kansas State University. He earned a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law where he was an inaugural recipient of the Environmental Law certificate. While serving as an assistant state’s attorney in Chicago, Jeremy attended DePaul University’s Kellstadt School of Business Management at night and earned his M.B.A. Jeremy lives in Winnetka, Illinois with his wife and three children.