John Schum focuses his practice in the areas of Marijuana and Cannabis
Law and courtroom litigation. Since being admitted to the California Bar
in 1992 and the Hawaii Bar in 2006, he has honed his skills to be a tenacious
litigator who places the clients’ best interests at the forefront.
His knowledge and experience have been instrumental in obtaining superior
results for his clients. He has applied his advocacy skills and work ethic
to the emerging area of Marijuana Law ensuring that all the firm’s
clients are properly structured and compliant with the rules and regulations
in the industry.
Mr. Schum was a former infantry officer, federal prosecutor, defense counsel
and military judge in the United States Marine Corps. He retired in 2006
as Lieutenant Colonel after serving 22 years on active duty. He immediately
went into private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii handling predominantly
serious violent felony and drug charges in State, Federal and Military
Courts-Martial before all branches of the Armed Forces. Over the past
11 years he has tried more than 100 jury trials involving murder, armed
robbery, sexual assaults, drug distribution cases and other criminal matters.
Mr. Schum’s work in the highly complex and regulated Marijuana Law
field seeks to protect businesses and entrepreneurs that are looking to
enter and thrive in the medical and recreational use industry.
His primary concern is to ensure our clients are 100% compliant with all rules and regulations
in the industry. Whenever he takes on a new client, he familiarizes himself
with the client’s unique objectives and is passionate about making
sure their specific needs are met. Mr. Schum is part of the firm’s
team of Marijuana and Cannabis Law Attorneys that are relentless in providing
the firm’s clients with the highest-quality representation possible.
Through his study and work in the field, Mr. Schum is considered one of
the Marijuana Law experts in the State of Hawaii. He is a faculty member
for the National Business Institute and lectures on marijuana laws covering
the topics of Federal Responses, Marijuana Business Laws and Obtaining
a Cannabis Business License.
Mr. Schum received his Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School
of Law and his Masters of Law from the University of Virginia - The Judge
Advocate General’s School United States Army. He is admitted to
practice law in California and Hawaii, the United States District Court,
District of Hawaii, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
- California, 1992
- Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1999
- Hawaii, 2006
- U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, 2006
9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013
University of Virginia/The Judge Advocate General’s School United
States Army, Charlottesville, Virginia
California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
- Bachelor of Science – 1984
The Judge Advocate General’s School United States Army, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Military Judge Course – 2003
United States Navy, New Port, Rhode Island
- Naval Justice School – 1992
- Lecturer for National Business Institute (NBI) on Marijuana Business Laws
in Hawaii, February 2017
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Past Employment Positions
- Navy-Marine Corps, Federal Prosecutor, Federal Defense Counsel and Military Judge
- Law Office of John Schum, Honolulu, Hawaii