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

Legislative Developments in Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp in New York
The Committee on Cannabis Law is proud to announce its first legislative CLE program, which we will be held at the New York State Bar Center in our capital city, Albany, New York.  For our inaugural legislative program, we chose to focus on two hot topics, New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program and Industrial Hemp Agriculture, Markets, and Research. Our program features distinguished speakers and leaders from Governor Cuomo’s Office, the New York State Legislature, the New York Department of Health, including its Director, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, and the New York Department of Agriculture an Markets, as well as a leading hemp researcher at Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and one of the first hemp growers under the State’s hemp research program. We are looking forward to exploring these topics in a collaborative setting with ample time for networking and Q&A discussion after the initial presentations. Please join us in the ongoing dialogue as our Committee works toward developing a legislative plan for helping New York State and the country address these important topics.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Live Program & Webcast
New York State Bar Association | Albany

Recent Updates in Cannabis Law
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Live Program & Webcast
Hyatt Place | Buffalo


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