CANNABIS

CANNABIS

With decades of experience representing organizations in highly regulated fields, Garfunkel Wild’s cross-industry attorneys are uniquely qualified to counsel clients across the full spectrum of cannabis-related legal issues. Whether one is involved in the cultivation, processing and dispensing of cannabis, an investor in the industry, a registered practitioner authorized to certify a patient’s need for medical marijuana, or an employer confronting the challenges stemming from the legalization of recreational marijuana, Garfunkel Wild’s multi-disciplinary Cannabis team can help navigate the rapidly evolving landscape and conflicting federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Our team includes former top attorneys from the Department of Health who were responsible for the implementation of the Compassionate Care Act (New York’s Medical Marijuana Program) and can assist in the following areas:

  • Licensure
  • Private equity/finance
  • Employment, including workplace training
  • Corporate, including formation and structure, and partnership and operating agreements
  • Compliance/regulatory
  • Intellectual property (including trademarks and patents)
  • Real estate transactions
  • Medical marijuana

Presentations

“New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: Issues Confronting Employers,” Medical Society of the State of New York, February 2020, Andrew Zwerling and Sandra Jensen.

“New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: The Role and Obligations of Registered Practitioners,” Medical Society of the State of New York, February 2020, Andrew Zwerling and Sandra Jensen.

“New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: The Obligations of Certified Patients,” Medical Society of the State of New York, February 2020, Andrew Zwerling and Sandra Jensen.

“New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: The Role and Obligations of Registered Organizations,” Medical Society of the State of New York, February 2020, Andrew Zwerling and Sandra Jensen.

“New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: Compliance Issues Confronting Participants in the Program,” Medical Society of the State of New York, February 2020, Andrew Zwerling and Sandra Jensen.

Discussion of the legal status of marijuana, the Compassionate Care Act (Medical Marijuana Program) in New York State, and requirements of the Act., Presenter, The Legal Executive Institute blog’s Medical Marijuana Podcast, Thomson Reuters, Legal Executive Institute, June 14, 2018, James Dering and Sandra Jensen.

NYS Bar Association, Health Law Meeting, Presentation "New York's Medical Marijuana Program: What all healthcare attorneys should know"; October 27, 2017, James Dering, Sandra Jensen.

Publications

“Dear New York Medical Marijuana Attorney: Who Is A Qualified Patient Under New York’s Medical Marijuana Program?”, Medical Society Of The State Of New York News Of New York, June 2019, Andrew Zwerling.

“Practitioners Gone to Pot: New York’s Medical Marijuana Program and the Role and Obligations of Registered Practitioners,” Nassau Lawyer, June 2019, Andrew Zwerling.

"The Basics of New York’s Medical Marijuana Law", Thomson Reuters’ Aspatore Special Report A Non-Smoking State (July, 2016), Sandra Jensen.