In this program, Meyer Suozzi partner Hanan Kolko will address two specific legal issues facing cannabis industry clients: RICO lawsuits against industry participants, and the problems that arise out of providing banking services to those in the industry.
As background, the course will briefly cover the conflict between state cannabis laws and the federal Controlled Substances Act, including the current status of federal enforcement policy and the Cole Memo. The program will then provide a quick overview of RICO enforcement, and discuss two cases dealing with the cannabis industry: the decision of the 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals in Safe Streets Alliance v Hickenlooper (including the current status of the case) and McCart v Beddow, an Oregon RICO lawsuit. Specifically, the course will assist attorneys in understanding how to minimize the RICO risk for their clients.
The course will also cover banking issues such as the FINCEN cannabis banking data as of March 31, 2017, the February 14, 2014 FINCEN and DOJ guidance memos, and the decision of the 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals in Fourth Corner Credit Union v Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The program will also focus briefly on possible federal legislative solutions such as HR 2215.
Understand the conflict between state and federal law and the current status of federal enforcement
Review the current RICO landscape for cannabis clients
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
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
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