Cannabis Law Programs

Mission Statement
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.


2020 Annual Meeting

Best Practices and Current Trends in Cannabis Law
Tuesday, January 28 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | 3.0 MCLE Credits
New York Hilton Midtown Hotel | NYC

Featured speaker: Axel Bernabe, Esq. | Assistant Counsel to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo for Health

CLE Online On Demand

Hot Topics in New York State Hemp Law
Topics include: A Federal and State Overview of New York State Hemp Law, How Hemp Nonprofit Organizations are Leading the Way, and Clinical and Chemical Analysis of Hemp/Deciphering the Certificate of Analysis.

CBD Oil, Hemp and Cannabis Update | What Lawyers Need to Know in Advising Clients
A practical, basic cannabis industry update. Topics include: CBD, Hemp and the 2018 Federal Farm Bill.

Hot Topics in Cannabis Law: CBD Rulemaking, CRTA, Advertising Issues and Ethical Considerations
Speakers include regulators in Governor Cuomo’s office on the current adult use legislation and the complexities of NY’s CBD rule making. Topics include: Advertising, M&A, and Ethics.

Hot Topics in Cannabis Law: What Lawyers Need to Know
Topics include: Cross the Border-North and South, Ethical Considerations, Cannabis Packing and Labeling Laws, and Potential Adult Use Regulations.

Practical Implications of Decriminalized Marijuana for the Legal Practitioner
An overview of how legalized marijuana affects and intersects in practice areas such as: Health Law, Immigration, Intellectual Property Law, and Employment Law.

Cannabis Law Update 2018
An overview of the Cannabis industry.

Legislative Developments in Medical Marijuana in New York 2018
New York State's Medical Marijuana Program and Industrial Hemp Agriculture, Markets, and Research. Featuring distinguished speakers and leaders from Governor Cuomo's Office, the New York State Legislature, the New York Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Patient, Provider and Registered Organizations Perspective on Medical Marijuana and Adult Use in New York

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

Cannabis & Cars and Handling DWI Drug Cases
Topics include: Impairment, How Police Determine Impairment, Interpreting Nanograms, Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE), and Preparing a Case Involving a DRE Officer.


Committee Co-Chairs

Aleece E. Burgio, Esq. | Barclay Damon, LLP | Buffalo
Brian J. Malkin, Esq. | Arent Fox LLP | Washington, D.C.

Staff Liaison | Ronald Kennedy