Genova Burns’ Partner Charles J. Messina, Esq., presented a lecture this week for New York Law School, where he serves as an adjunct Professor, entitled, “New York Cannabis Law: Overview and Issues.” In his lecture, Mr. Messina provided an overview of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act and discussed the status of New York’s regulations, including those that will impact the anticipated adult-use licensing requirements and impact this will have in the tri-state region.
Last year, the State of New York enacted the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), popularly known as the law that legalizes the adult-use of cannabis. MRTA also provides a legal framework that will turn the once-illegal marijuana industry into a highly regulated, commercial enterprise through a licensing system that oversees the cultivation, processing, distribution, the sale of cannabis and cannabis products in New York — a process which will also prioritize licenses to certain applicants who have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs.
About Charles J. Messina, Esq.
Charles J. Messina is a Litigation Partner at Genova Burns LLC and Co-Chairs the Franchise & Distribution, Agriculture and Cannabis Law Industry Groups. He teaches one of the region’s first cannabis law school courses and devotes much of his practice to advising businesses on various consumer and employee related issues, as well as litigating complex contract and commercial disputes, insurance and employment defense matters, trademark and franchise issues and professional liability, TCPA and shareholder derivative actions.