Committee on Cannabis Law

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

NY Hemp Act S.6184-A

CLE Online On Demand

Cannabis Update 2019
2.0 MCLE Credis | 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice

CBD Oil, Hemp and Cannabis Update | What Lawyers Need to Know in Advising Clients
1.0 MCLE Credit | 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Hot Topics in Cannabis Law: CBD Rulemaking, CRTA, Advertising Issues and Ethical Considerations
4.0 MCLE Credits | 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics

Hot Topics in Cannabis Law: What Lawyers Need to Know
4.0 MCLE Credits | 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics

Practical Implications of Decriminalized Marijuana for the Legal Practitioner
 
6.5 MCLE Credits | 6.5 Areas of Professional Practice

Cannabis Law Update 2018
1.0 MCLE Credit | 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Legislative Developments in Medical Marijuana in New York 2018
3.0 MCLE Credits | 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Patient, Provider and Registered Organizations Perspective on Medical Marijuana and Adult Use in New York
3.5 MCLE Credits | 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 0.5 Ethics

Cannabis Law in New York State and the U.S. 2018
3.0 MCLE Credits | 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Medical Marijuana and Adult Use in New York 
3.5 MCLE Credits | 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 0.5 Ethics

Cannabis & Cars and Handling DWI Drug Cases
2.0 MCLE Credits | 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice


CANNABIS LAW PROGRAMS

Secure and Fair Enforcement ("SAFE") Act, H.R. 1595, passed September 26, 2019.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1595/text

 

ABA Resolution 104 (August 2019) Encouraging state primacy in cannabis regulation; removal of cannabis from Schedule 1 and more cannabis research

https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/images/news/2019/08/am-hod-resolutions/104.pdf


NSYBA Press Release:  Committee on Cannabis Law to Study Possible Adult Use Legalization

https://www.nysba.org/CustomTemplates/SecondaryStandard.aspx?id=96429


FDA Issues Warning Against Vaping THC.


https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/statement-consumer-warning-stop-using-thc-vaping-products-amid-ongoing-investigation-lung-illnesses



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

The Friends of the Committee on Cannabis Law is an online community that promotes open communication among the committee members and those interested in the area of Cannabis Law. If you would like to join the Friends of the Committee on Cannabis Law please contact Ronald Kennedy.


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. 
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.
General Practice Section - Elisa Strassler Rosenthal, 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. 
Tax Section - Jason Klimek, Esq.
Trusts and Estates Law Section - Regina Kiperman, Esq. 
Young Lawyers Section - Michael James Sullivan, Esq.