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In July 2014, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a piece of legislation often referred to as the Compassionate Care Act (the “CCA”). Under the CCA, New York State legalized medical cannabis. In the spring of 2015, the New York State Department Of Health (“NYDOH”) issued detailed CCA regulations. In July 2015, the DOH announced its selection of the five “Registered Organizations,” (“ROs”), the enterprises who are authorized under the CCA to grow, process, and sell medical cannabis. In January 2016, those ROs opened the first medical cannabis dispensaries in New York State. Attorneys interested in representing clients involved in or seeking to become involved in the New York State cannabis industry must be familiar with the CCA and the NYDOH CCA regulations, and this course will address requirements the CCA imposes on patients, physicians, and Registered Organizations.
Join Hanan Kolko for a discussion of these issues. Mr. Kolko, a New York City-based shareholder at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein and a co-chair of that firm’s Cannabis Practice Group, is also a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association. He has previously presented CLE programs for Lawline entitled Ethically Representing the Cannabis Client, In Re Arenas and Access to Bankruptcy for the Cannabis Client, and Cannabis: Understanding the Cole Memorandum and the Interplay of Federal and State Law.
I. Grasp the relationship between the federal Controlled Substances Act (the “CSA”) and state cannabis laws such as the New York CCA
II. Familiarity with the DOJ Cole Memorandum, and how it impacts the CCA
III. Learn the obligations that the CCA imposes on those who wish to obtain and use medical cannabis
IV. Know the obligations that the CCA imposes on physicians who wish to allow their patients to have access to medical cannabis
V. Understand the obligations that the CCA imposes on Registered Organizations, the only entities authorized under the CCA to grow, process, and distribute medical cannabis
VI. Discuss pending legislation that might affect medical cannabis in New York State
Hanan B. Kolko joined the firm in March 2019.
Mr. Kolko practices in the area of labor and employment law. He represents labor unions in federal and state court litigation, arbitration proceedings, administrative proceedings before various regulatory agencies, and in collective bargaining. Mr. Kolko also advises unions and their leaders on internal union governance, the investigation and handling of sexual harassment claims, and internal union elections. He has represented unions in a wide variety of industries including publishing, media, education, health care, law enforcement, transportation, and manufacturing.
Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. Kolko was a partner at two major union-side firms in New York City, and began his career as a lawyer as an associate at union-side firms in Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. While in law school, Mr. Kolko was a law clerk for the United Auto Workers. His first experience working with unions was while he was in college, where he was an intern for the Rochester, New York PATCO local. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he received the Book Award for the highest grade in his labor law class.
Mr. Kolko is a former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee on Technology in the Workplace, and is an Advisory Board Member of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He has given continuing legal education presentations on a wide variety of labor law topics to groups including the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the American Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee on Technology in the Workplace, and the Practicing Law Institute. He has been named a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro Annual Lists of Super Lawyers from 2015-2018.
Mr. Kolko also represents clients in the cannabis industry. He advises these clients in areas including licensing applications, regulatory compliance, internal investigations, and in litigations. He has lectured extensively on cannabis law issues, giving presentations on issues including legal ethics and the representation of cannabis clients, bankruptcy and the cannabis industry, the current state of legal affairs in the cannabis industry, RICO claims against cannabis industry participants, and the New York State Compassionate Care Act.
Excellent research and presentation
Very knowledgeable presentation
Good speaker! Compassionate !
Excellent Presentation. Thorough and organized and comprehensive materials. Speaker was great.
Very interesting and candid instructor
The lecture was excellent. the speaker was informative and his delivery kept things interesting. He wasn't afraid to editorialize where appropriate.
Excellent seamless presentation
This was a great course. I actually had no real interest in it until it started. The speaker was engaging and knowledgeable and the material was great. The course held my interest and I really enjoyed it.
instructor was great
Very interesting....engaging and articulate speaker.
A massive amount of content. Well done!
it was fine
Excellent presentation, very informative, and good practical advise.
Fascinating subject, explained very clearly by a knowledgeable lecturer.
vERY Very informative; excellent presenter.
Excellent and thorough
Fascinating. A very helpful and detailed description of the requirements related to medical marijuana
Very comprehensive coverage of the subject matter!
highly useful and educational thanks
covered a lot and very informative
Mr. Kolko was very thorough and provided a lot of information of which i had been completely unaware. Excellent presentation!
Concise and articulate
Very informative. Well done.
Very informative and interesting. Speaker was very knowledgeable and well prepared.
Great content. very interesting.
Good comparison between federal and state law. Comprehensive break down of the two.
very useful and good because of updating laws
All new information for me - well done!
He was great. Interesting an informative
Timely. Of interests beyond lawyers too.
The lecture covered the area of law thoroughly and clearly.
This would be a great topic to re-visit in 2017.
Excellent and knowledgeable speaker and intriguing subject.
great instructor, highly complex and difficult topic but the presenter broke it down very nicely
The best presenter I have seen
Excellent and informative program
Interesting topic by knowledgeable speaker.
One of the better lectures I've listened to.
Besides a survey both broad and detailed, this speaker added a critical question, one not raised in perhaps a dozen comparable state legalization programs - if federal law makes the enterprise one big crime, just how can a lawyer giver advice without becoming an accessory or at least incurring an obligation to inform federal authorities? Excellent as CLE but also as solid jurisprudence.
Excellent clear explanations
very well designed course
Very interesting in a challenging new area of the law.
Lecturer held your interest during the presentation and was very articulate.
Lecturer was well prepared and his delivery was informative
Very interesting new area of law.
This was a highly informative lecture on Medical Cannabis of which I had a limited knowledge base. Very interesting, especially with respect to Preemption and conflicts of the professional rules of conduct.
highly detailed, informative discussion of NY's newer compassionate Care Act. Thorough
Very interesting -- answered lots of my questions about this area
Very well done.
timely topic for ny
well presented and informative program
Concise and clear for a cutting edge topic
It was a great video that explains every step out of time what is been told.
Excellent presentation and overview of the law.
Very good presentation.
best of bundle
Very well done. Clear, well organized and interesting.
Excellent presentation! Interesting material very clearly and engagingly presented.
up to date and concise
good speaker well prepared highly informative an important topic for people to know about research comes out all the time about medical benefits of cannabis
Interesting and informative.
I love the exhaustive nature of this course. Would love other things this exhaustive about other areas of law.
Enjoyable and informative!