Dazed and Confused: An Overview of Medical Marijuana and Cannabis Laws

(938 Ratings)

Produced on: April 21, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Even though marijuana remains illegal under Federal Law, twenty-eight states have legalized marijuana for adult-use, either recreationally or medically. This movement has led to a booming multi-billion dollar industry, with countless entrepreneurs investing in growing facilities, dispensaries and ancillary businesses that service the marijuana needs of millions of Americans. However, the dichotomy between federal and state law has caused confusion and frustration for various stakeholders.

While recent polls have shown that up to 60% of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana, the Federal government still maintains that marijuana is an illegal Schedule 1 narcotic. Regardless of state law, companies and consumers in the marijuana industry are technically violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

This course, presented by Hanan Kolko (materials prepared by Yulian Shtern), reviews the different regulatory systems implemented in the various states and their interaction with the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which criminalizes marijuana. Mr. Kolko also examines various perspectives of stakeholders in the marijuana or cannabis industry, such as physicians, patients, caregivers, growers, dispensers and attorneys.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the relevant federal and state laws and regulatory programs
  2. Learn how conflicts between these laws cause problems for business owners and consumers
  3. Identify ethical and professional responsibility issues in advising clients on medical marijuana matters 


Hanan Kolko

Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

Hanan Kolko is the co-chair and co-founder of the Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein Medical Cannabis practice group. As a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association’s Amicus Committee, Mr. Kolko works with individuals and businesses in the cannabis industry. He assists on matters including state law license application issues, regulatory compliance, legislative drafting and analysis and governmental investigations. Mr. Kolko often speaks on cannabis industry legal issues. He has spoken in forums sponsored by organizations such as, Crain’s New York, Cardozo Law School, Women Grow, the Long Island Association, the Cannabis and Hemp Association, and the International Cannabis Association. He has also made cannabis law CLE presentations on behalf of CLE providers including Cardozo Law School, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Theodore Roosevelt Inn of Court, Law Lines, and Clear Law Institute.

Mr. Kolko is also the co-author of a New York Law Journal article entitled “Marijuana Advertising and The First Amendment.” Mr. Kolko serves on the boards of the Freelancers Union and the Freelancers Insurance Company. He is the former co-chair of the Committee on Technology in The Workplace of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Section. Since 2012, Mr. Kolko has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers.

Mr. Kolko received his J.D. from University of Michigan in 1985, graduating cum laude with a Book Award in Labor Law. He received his B.S. from Cornell University in 1982, where he studied Industrial and Labor Relations.


Erin B.

Thanks for this great course! Really informative.

Paul D.

Very interesting and informative discussion of a growing field of law.

woody r.

Really enjoyed this presentation, and listen to his guidance to stay current with changes in this area of law.

Thomas T.

Direct, focused and specific.

Elisa A.

Interesting course on a topic that is current and ever-changing.

Cheryl B.

I really enjoy and learn a great deal watching and listening to the courses on marijuana law. Such an interesting field of practice right now.

Leonard S.

excellent presentation over good overview of many aspects of legal issues surrounding marijuana use

Algis B.

Very good presentation, actually entertaining

Steven R.

Very well done, concise coverage of this area.

Michael L.

Excellent overview of issues in the industry.

Pat C.

Another good discussion.

Mark R.

Very clear presentation.

Robert M.

Extremely clear presentation regarding an otherwise confusing area of the law. First rate presentation.

John C. T.

great lecture about murky subject

Alexander M.

This instructor used the current political scene to explain the new laws. Great!

Jonathan H.

Mr. Kolko did a terrific job efficiently summarizing a complicated and quickly-evolving area of law.

Martin W.

Very interesting. Well done.

Joseph K.

Excellent presentation, by a very well informed person. It was clear, concise, and he did an excellent job explaining the material.

Beth F.

Very substantive discussion of an area of law which is in a state of rapid change. Excellent speaker.

david b.

Thank you

Scott P.

Very clear and well organized

David G.

Excellent presentation. Very informative.

Brandan B.

I am an expert in this area of law and can say without a doubt this presentation was spot on.

Susan W.

Speaker was clear and organized and knowledgeable

Jeffrey T.

Good program.

Robert K.

Excellent presentation - one o;f t;he best of the presenters on LawLine

Jeremy A.

Brilliant. I never would have caught the tax implications. May save a client or two down the road.

Richard R.

great material

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