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National Interdisciplinary Cannabis Symposium


September 27-29, 2024, New York, NY

New York Law School, Tribeca, New York



New York Law School

185 West Broadway New York, NY 10013, USA


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Founded in 1891, NYLS is an independent law school located in Tribeca—the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Campus is steps from the courts, government agencies, Wall Street businesses, law firms, and tech companies. NYLS proudly embraces the city as its classroom and has adopted the motto "We are New York’s law school." NYLS offers full-time and part-time J.D. programs, as well as an LL.M. in Taxation program. The School enrolls around 1,100 students. 

From early in NYLS’s history, the School has welcomed people of all backgrounds, and its graduates have distinguished themselves as builders, icons, and visionaries. Early alumni were among the founders or name partners of several prominent law firms, including Proskauer, Davis Polk, Jackson Lewis, Milbank, and Paul, Weiss; others achieved historic firsts in law, business, and government. Today, alumni serve in all levels of the judiciary, in large and small law firms, as global leaders in industry, and as national and local elected officials.

During 2015 and 2016, NYLS celebrated its 125th Anniversary, a tribute to its rich history and a look ahead to its vision for the next 125 years. During 2019, NYLS’s Evening Division celebrated its 125th year.

2024 Symposium Program

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New York Law School

185 West Broadway New York, NY 10013, USA

Friday, September 27

5:00 – 8:00 pm - Reception New York Law School Rooftop Terrace & Lounge

Saturday, September 28

8:00 – 8:30 am - Bagel Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 am - Welcome Indigenous Blessing Mary Jane Oatman

8:45 – 9:00 am - Introduction to Symposium Judge Mary Celeste (ret.)

9:00 – 10:00 am - (Pending) Keynote- Gov. Hochul Keynote Illicit NY Marijuana Market

10:00 – 11:30 am - Breakout Session 1

  • Panel Cannabis Uses and Risks Scott Gagnon, Linda Hill, Dr. Peter Grinspoon, Russell Kamer M.D.

  • Panel Cannabis Legislation & Regulations Karmen Hanson Moderator, Melissa Moore, Dominique Mendiola, (Pending State Legislator/Regulator); Victoria Pretti

Plenary Grab & Go Lunch Panel 11:30 – 1:30 pm - Panel The Admissibility of Oral Fluid Devices: You Be the Judge Dr. Marilyn Huestis, Steven Epstein, Chuck DeWeese, Michael Naughton, Judge Dineen Riviezzo

1:30 – 2:30 pm - Plenary Facilitated Reports & Discussion from Breakout Session 1

2:30 – 2:45 pm - Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm - Breakout Session 2

  • Panel Fireside Chat: Navigating the Green Rush – Starting a Cannabis Business Rich Farley; Hannah Weiser,  Andrea Steel, Colby Piper

  • Panel Cannabis & Social Equity: Righting the Wrongs Scheril Murray-Powell; Rob Mejia; Tahir Johnson, Richard Washington, Tim Brown Jr.

4:00 – 5 pm - Plenary: Facilitated Reports & Discussion from Breakout Session 2

Sunday, September 29

8:00 – 8:30 am - Bagel Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 am - Keynote Dr. Joseph Rosado

“High” Stakes: Navigating Cannabis Addiction in Adolescence

9:30 – 11:00 am - Breakout Session 3

  • Panel Cannabis & Vets Dr. Marion McNabb, Eileen Fisher, American Legion NY, Commander Shannon Sander, Disabled Veterans of American New York, Judge Marcia Hirsch, Jake Skoda

  • Panel Cannabis and Indigenous Communities: A West to East Coast Perspective
    Mary Jane Oatman; Judge Peter Boome, Michael Kayser, Chenae Bullock

  • Panel Legal Status of Hemp & Psychedelics Scott Gagnon, Joshua Bauchner, Professor Dustin Marlan, Senator Deon Tedder

11:00 – 1:00 pm - Grab & Go Box Lunch - Plenary

The Pros and Cons of Rescheduling/De-Scheduling Marijuana David Holland; Dr. Peter Grinspoon; Kevin Sabet; Professor Robert Mikos; Shawn Hauser

1:00 – 2:30 pm - Breakout Session 4

  • Panel Cannabis & Immigration Marie Mark, Immigrant Defense Project; Nithya Nathan-Pineau, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Professor Talia Peleg (Pending Judge Richard Bailey)

  • Panel Drug Recognition Expert Testimony: How it is Treated in the Courtroom Deena Ryerson, Steven Epstein, Joseph Turoski, Judge Mary Celeste (ret.) (Moderator) 

  • Panel Cannabis & the Workplace David Holland (Moderator); Scheril Murray Powell; David Sergi; Lisa M. Casa

2:30 – 2:45 pm - Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm - Breakout Session 5

  • Panel Cannabis & Driving Dr. Thomas Marcotte;  Linda Hill, Katie Mueller, Joseph Abrusci

  • Panel Pathways for Aspiring Cannabis Lawyers Rob Mejia (Moderator); Joseph Bondy; Shawn Hauser; Daniel Johnston

4:00 – 5:00 pm - Close Reports

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Our 2024 Partners

NJC National Judicial College

American Judges Association

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Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors


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