Eighteen states in the U.S., plus Washington, D.C. and Guam have legalized cannabis for adult-use, including four within the last few months: New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Virginia. Hear from a panel of legal experts in these emerging markets as they share their insight on the nuances of each state’s new laws and trends. Those already in the cannabis industry and those looking to get into it will get a chance to learn more about newest adult-use markets in the country, how they compare to one another, and what we can anticipate as these new opportunities take shape.
|Arizona - Adult Use Marijuana Program (320.1 KB)||Available after Purchase|
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|Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis (417.3 KB)||Available after Purchase|
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Andrea Steel is a Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC, where she provides legal services to individuals and companies starting or expanding their cannabis businesses in Texas, Oklahoma and beyond. Andrea’s cannabis business clients come from across the supply chain spectrum from cultivators to retailers to ancillary businesses, where she advises on regulatory compliance, hemp/medical marijuana licensing, cannabis-related business issues, product labeling/marketing, policy-making participation, real estate issues and more. Andrea also represents clients in structuring and financing complex real estate transactions that often involve economic development incentives, tax credits and exemptions, and layering of highly regulated funding sources, including government grants and loans. She is also experienced with assisting clients navigate through the various state agency processes, including assistance with funding applications, appeals, and compliance issues.
Andrea joined Frost Brown Todd in 2021. Previously, Andrea was a partner at Coats Rose for more than 12 years, where she launched and led their Cannabis Business Law practice group. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 2009 and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a double-major Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 2002. During her time at the University of Houston Law Center, she served as an Articles Editor for the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal and was a recipient of the Lex Award for Scholastic Excellence in Practice Skills. Andrea’s academic achievement also earned her a membership in the Order of the Barons Scholastic Honor Society. While earning her law degree, she served as an intern for Justice John S. Anderson of the 14th Court of Appeals, an extern for the Center for Children, Law, and Policy, and participated in the Law Center’s Civil Practice Clinic. Prior to becoming an attorney, Andrea’s professional experience was in the criminal justice field, where she supervised halfway house residents in Maryland and served as a parole and probation officer in both Washington, D.C. and Harris County, Texas.
Before joining CannaLorem, Inc. as CEO in November 2021, Eli was a Principal at the law firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C., based in New Jersey, where he established and chaired the firm’s cannabis practice and the firm’s compliance subsidiary’s cannabis division, counseling local and national cannabis and hemp companies and start-ups on day-to-day business operations, and licensing and compliance. Eli also concentrated on complex commercial litigation, class action work, appellate practice, insurance coverage and employment law.
CannaLorem, Inc. is an evidenced-based cannabis company, with operations in Rhode Island and Colorado, focused on R&D and whole-plant cannabis.
Eli staunchly believes in the therapeutic value of the plant; an ultrarunner, he transitioned to cannabis law after experiencing the benefits of hemp-derived CBD on training and post-race recovery. He co-chairs the International Cannabis Bar Association’s Legislative Advisement Committee and Emerging Market’s CLE subcommittee, and previously served on the New York City Cannabis Industry Association’s regulatory subcommittee.
As Co-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group, Rob counsels clients regarding regulatory compliance, risk management, governmental affairs, licensing and the leasing and acquisition of real property in connection with cannabis related uses. He employs a grass-roots approach that is pivotal in breaking the stigma associated with cannabis and its derivatives. He is a frequent presenter on the health and economic benefits, lectures courses on cannabis law and is a member of several trade organizations including New Jersey CannaBusiness Association and REVEL. In addition, Robert is a contributor to national publications on this topic such as MarketWatch, Bloomberg Law, Marijuana Business Daily and the Wall Street Journal. Robert was recently recognized as a “Cannabis Law Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, a “New Leader of the Bar” honoree by New Jersey Law Journal as well as a "Leader in the Law" by NJBIZ for his work in this sector.
Eric Postow is a partner at Parlatore Law Group and focuses his practice on advising those in the cannabis industry, primarily with risk mitigation, compliance planning, business development, negotiations, litigation support, and outside general counsel.
Mr. Postow brings a business-focused approach to his legal practice as former top producer for a Washington, DC based staffing firm. By working in the recruiting trenches, he saw first had the day-to-day business, staffing and legal needs of diverse companies spanning multiple industries. As a skilled negotiator, Mr. Postow has earned a reputation of being a shrewd advocate and deal maker for his clients. Eric assists companies progress from startup to mature market participants with composed counsel and thoughtful advice. In Virginia, Mr. Postow primarily advises clients in the staffing, human resources and cannabis industries.
In addition to his legal work, Mr. Postow is also a veteran of the United States Marines in a variety of management and leadership roles, having earned two personal military decorations (Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Commendation Medal). Additionally, Mr. Postow has been actively involved in supporting civil rights issues, most recently as a member of the NAACP. Eric is a regular contributor for Cannabis Business Executive Press.
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