Committee on Cannabis Law

The Committee on Cannabis Law is charged with serving as the New York State Bar Association’s focal point for the evolving legal status of Cannabis1 at both the state and federal level. Cannabis law is perhaps one of the fastest growing yet complex areas of the law that poses a broad spectrum of challenges. This Committee seeks to help NYSBA lawyers give their clients better advice through sharing educational resources, and otherwise helping New York set the highest possible legal and business (including advice to medical professionals) standards for legalized Cannabis products.

Committee Co-Chairs
Aleece E. Burgio, Esq., McGuire Development Company, Buffalo
Brian J. Malkin, Esq., Arent Fox, Washington D.C.

Committee Roster

To help expand the reach of the Committee on Cannabis Law to the entire NYSBA membership, some of our committee members have volunteered to be NYSBA Section Liaisons for the committee.  Please feel free to contact your Section’s liaison from the list below to learn how you can get involved in the committee and its activities.

Business Law Section - Glenn J. Witecki, Esq
Corporate Counsel Section - Lee Williams, Esq.
Criminal Justice Section - John Joseph Montes, Esq.
Elder Law and Special Needs Section - Jeffrey A. Asher, Esq. and Elisa Strassler Rosenthal, Esq.
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section - Diane Krausz, Esq.
Environmental and Energy Law Section - Telisport W. Putsavage, Esq. 
Executive Committee - Jonathan B. Behrins, Esq.
Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law Section - Brian J. Malkin, Esq. and Thomas J. Schultz, Esq.
Health Law Section - Sandra Jensen, Esq., Noah B. Potter, Esq. and Jay B. Silverman, Esq.
Intellectual Property Law Section - Robert Laurence Greenberg, Esq. 
International Law Section - Jose Alberto Campos, Esq. 
Labor and Employment Law Section - Alyson Matthews, Esq., Geoffrey A. Mort, Esq. and Samuel Sverdlov, Esq. 
Real Property Law Section - Aleece E. Burgio, Esq. 
Trusts and Estates Law Section - Regina Kiperman, Esq. 
Young Lawyers Section - Michael James Sullivan, Esq. 


Upcoming CLE Programs
Recent Updates in Cannabis Law

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Live Program & Webcast
4.0 MCLE Credits; 3.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics
Hyatt Place | Buffalo

CLE Program Archives
Cannabis Law in New York State and the U.S. 2018

3.0 MCLE Credits

Legislative Developments in Medical Marijuana in New York 2018
3.0 MCLE Credits


NYSBA Articles of Interest

State Bar News Article - Cannabis Committee Created
State Bar News Article - Making Sense of NY Cannabis Law
NYSBA Press Release - NYSBA Creates New Committees to Examine Cannabis and Transportation Law