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Connecticut State Licensing: Cultivating an Industry in the Land of Steady Habits


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Category:
Emerging Markets |  Licensing |  Licensing and Permitting
Faculty:
Amanda Rositano |  Michelle Bodian
Duration:
1 Hour
SKU:
INCBA121522connlicWEB
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Access for 6 month(s) after program date.

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Description

Please join us for an-depth conversation between a seasoned cannabis attorney, a successful cannabis business licensee, and consultant as they discuss Connecticut’s adult-use cannabis licensing program and lottery system, the challenges facing the State’s social equity goals, and the current status of litigation filed against the State in connection with its administration of the adult-use cannabis program.

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General

This program is eligible for 1 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. 

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Faculty

Amanda Rositano's Profile

Amanda Rositano Related seminars and products

CEO | Co-Founder

Soulstar


Amanda Rositano has been pioneering east coast cannabis for over a decade. She is the founder and CEO of Soulstar, a female-led cannabis company building a portfolio of diverse and high performing businesses in emerging adult use markets, and a partner at Seven Stars Consulting. 

Soulstar has secured one of the only 16 social equity DIA cultivator licenses to launch Connecticut’s recreational market. Soulstar has also secured a retail dispensary license to launch its first store in Northern NJ in early 2023. 

Amanda is the former president of NETA, where she was a key member of the start-up team that successfully launched one of the first vertically-integrated cannabis businesses in MA and transacted the first legal sale east of the Mississippi. Under Amanda’s leadership, NETA’s stores became two of the highest grossing cannabis dispensaries in the US, and NETA was acquired by Surterra Wellness in 2019 in one of the largest private acquisitions of a cannabis company at the time.
 
Amanda’s work toward safe, legal access and a healthy, diverse, and vibrant cannabis industry began during her time working in the MA legislature, where she advocated for medical marijuana laws and helped to shape state regulations for broad patient access under the newly formed MA medical marijuana program. 
 
Amanda helped to launch and later served on the board of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association (“CDA”) in Massachusetts, where she played a key role in shaping and influencing regulatory policies and program improvements to the benefit of consumers, communities, and cannabis businesses. Amanda is currently serving a second term as an appointee to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s Cannabis Advisory Board (“CAB”) and was a leading voice in the Commission's move to create licensing exclusivity periods for social equity and economic empowerment cannabis business applicants.

Amanda is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship, especially in the cannabis industry. Amanda was part of the founding membership team that launched Mass CultivatED, a public-private nonprofit partnership heralded as the country’s first “jails to jobs” cannabis program and serves as a volunteer with a year-long mentorship and entrepreneurship accelerator program called Entrepreneurship for All, EforAll. In New Jersey, Amanda and the Seven Stars team offered pro-bono services to lead the successful application of one of the state’s first licensees, Siembra, a female-and minority-owned micro-cultivator.


Michelle Bodian's Profile

Michelle Bodian Related seminars and products

Vicente Sederberg LLP


Michelle Bodian serves as counsel in Vicente Sederberg’s Boston and New York offices, where she is co-chair of the firm’s Hemp and Cannabinoids Department and Grants and Loans practice group. In addition, Michelle leads the firm’s Environment, Health & Safety practice group and is a leading member of the firm’s cannabis licensing and regulatory compliance efforts in Connecticut and New York.

She advises hemp and CBD clients on how to navigate through the complex and interconnected federal, state, and local regulatory frameworks. In addition, she counsels tri-state (Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey) clients on all aspects of cannabis licensing and regulatory matters. Her clients include existing medical operators throughout the tri-state, as well as businesses and individuals seeking new adult-use, medical, and cannabinoid hemp licenses. 

Michelle also advises cannabis and hemp clients on environmental, health and safety federal and state laws through identification, prevention, mitigation, and resolution of relevant issues.

Before joining Vicente Sederberg, Michelle served as the land use counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and before that was an associate at an environmental and real estate law firm in Milford, Connecticut.

Michelle is a member of the American Herbal Products Association Cannabis Committee and has spoken at many cannabis industry events. She is often quoted in media publications related to the tri-state markets and has authored several articles on cannabis, hemp- and CBD-related topics.

She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law with an Environmental Law, Science, and Policy Certificate and received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. During law school, Michelle served as a legal intern for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Environmental Protection Division.


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