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NYS New Cannabis Law: What You Need to Know About the Business, Licensing, Regulatory and Criminal Provisions

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Join us for a discussion of the new NY Cannabis law and its impact on businesses, including obtaining financing, as well as the licensing and regulatory requirements.

The criminal provisions of the new law will also be addressed by Judge Kamins.

Lecturer Bios

Hon.Barry Kamins

The Honorable Barry Kamins is Administrative Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York and Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Second Judicial District. He was appointed a Criminal Court Judge by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on September 11, 2008 and was elevated to Acting Supreme Court Justice on May 6, 2009. He was elected a Supreme Court Justice, effective January 1, 2013.

Judge Kamins is the former President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He co-chairs the Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure for the Chief Administrative Judge of New York, as well as the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission. The Commission was established in October 2010 by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and is charged with evaluating sentencing laws and recommending reforms on sentencing policy, statewide.

Judge Kamins is a member and special advisor to the New York State Justice Task Force, established in 2009 by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. The Task Force is the only judicially created, permanent body in the nation to address wrongful convictions. Judge Kamins also chaired the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Wrongful Convictions.

Judge Kamins is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham Law School where he teaches New York criminal procedure. He is the author of New York Search and Seizure, a leading treatise on the Fourth Amendment. Judge Kamins also writes the Criminal Law and Practice Column for the New York Law Journal.

He is currently a member of the New York Law Journal Board of Editors, the New York State Bar Association Journal’s Board of Editors and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of the Courts of New York State. Judge Kamins is past Chairman of the Grievance Committee of the 2nd and 11th Judicial Districts. In addition, he is a former member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. From 1969 to 1973, Judge Kamins served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County where he was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. Before his appointment to the bench, he was a partner in Flamhaft Levy Kamins Hirsch & Rendeiro, LLP.

Judge Kamins lectures extensively on criminal law for the Office of Court Administration and to prosecutors and defense attorneys. Over the years, he has served on several committees to address issues in the criminal justice system: the Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services; the Commission on Drugs and the Courts; the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System; the Committee on Guidelines for Representation of Indigent Defendants; the New York State Task Force on Processing Civilian Complaints by the New York City Criminal Court; and the Assigned Counsel Plan Advisory Committee of the Appellate Division, Second Department.

He received a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School.

Danielle E. Tricolla, Esq.

Danielle co-chairs the firm’s Cannabis practice group. Having extensive knowledge of the cannabis industry, she works closely with cannabis businesses to provide general day-to-day legal and business counseling, and assists her clients with risk management, dispute resolution and compliance issues. Danielle represents both well-established cannabis businesses and start-ups at every level of the supply chain, including cultivators, processors, retail businesses and ancillary businesses.

As a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group, Danielle handles a variety of business disputes and commercial litigation matters, including corporate dissolution and shareholder derivative actions, contract disputes, real property actions, regulatory compliance issues and employment claims.

Lisa M. Casa, Esq.

Lisa is an associate in the firm’s Employment and Labor practice group. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment and labor law, sexual harassment and discrimination law, overtime and failure to pay wages law, union/management issues, and litigation.

With respect to Cannabis, Lisa advises Cannabis businesses on how to comply with all relevant employment and labor laws, as well as wage and hour compliance. She also assists Cannabis businesses with preparing employment agreements and restrictive covenant agreements to safeguard their proprietary processes and intellectual property. Lisa also advises businesses of all sizes on how to ensure that their existing drug testing and drug free workplace policies complies with the MRTA’s adult use and medical marijuana provisions.

Steve LaFredo

Chief Banking Officer

Steve is a senior banking executive with more than 30 years of banking experience in corporate, private banking and wealth management, commercial, retail, and treasury products. In all these capacities, Steve has led strategic change with a strong commitment to people and customers, ensuring the delivery of excellent service and effective and efficient processes.

Most recently, Steve served as the Texas Director for East West Bank, leading 120 employees and $1.2B in assets for both commercial and retail businesses.

From 1985 to 2013, Steve spent 28 years in various roles at CitiBank related to commercial lending and consumer lending, most recently as SVP Texas Director of Business Banking.

I received my B.A. in Political Science, University of Texas at San Antonio and my M.B.A., at New York University

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