Cannabis in New York: Opportunities for the Bio/Med Industry

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Presented in partnership with Barclay Damon, LLP
Thursday, May 13, 2021
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Virtual

New York has enacted sweeping changes to its cannabis laws that present opportunities and challenges for the state’s bio/med industry. The new laws expand the list of conditions treated by medical marijuana, increase the number of caregivers allowed per patient, and permit home cultivation of medical cannabis for patients. At the same time, federal restrictions on the use of cannabis and its components remain unchanged, limiting the development of drugs and further complicating the nation’s patchwork of cannabis regulation.

MedTech Association and our partner, Barclay Damon, spoke on all things cannabis in New York and were even joined by New York State Senator, Jeremy Cooney. We broke down the new regulatory scheme, examined the implications for companies and organizations, and offered a view into the future of cannabis medical applications. We were joined by industry leaders AMRI, Cresco Labs, and Dime Bank, and other professionals in the cannabis industry to offer their perspectives on what New York’s changes mean for the industry. It was a very timely discussion. View the full agenda below.


New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA). 
Aleece Burgio, Barclay Damon’s Cannabis Team Leader, and New York State Senator Jeremy Cooney (NY 56) take a deep dive into the MRTA and explore its implications for cannabis licensing, use, social equity, research, and product development in New York and beyond.  Join us to bring yourself up to speed on New York’s sweeping cannabis regulatory scheme.
What Can We Expect to See in New York? 
Join legal experts Patricia Naughton, David Burch, and Mary Volcko as we discuss possible applications for cannabis licenses in New York and an overview of what we’ve seen in prior applications.  We’ll focus on medical marijuana, multi-state regulatory requirements, and opportunities for the MWBE community.
Post-MRTA Labor and Employment Considerations. 
The legalization of recreational marijuana use has huge implications for employers, employees, and your organization’s workforce.  Barclay Damon’s Mike Sciotti and Chris Harrigan join us as we examine the work place issues presented by the MRTA.
Real Time Issues with Cannabis Operators. 
Don’t miss this roundtable discussion with Peter Su from Dime Bank, Barrington Rutherford from Cresco Labs, and Peter Michels from AMRI who are engaged in different aspects of cannabis operation to explore the challenges and opportunities within New York. The topics will include multi-state operator applications, banking, and pharmaceutical development.

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Barclay Damon is thrilled to announce the launch of its first podcast series, Barclay Damon Live Presents: The Cannabis Counselor, Featuring Aleece Burgio. Join Aleece Burgio each week as she highlights and breaks down topics relating to federal and state cannabis legalization and the cannabis industry in general.

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