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Compliance and the New York Cannabis Market: What Your Clients Should Be Doing Right Now



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Description: New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act of 2021 paved the way for a huge legal recreational cannabis market in the country’s fourth most-populous state. Once the market opens up, this “green rush” promises to be enormously lucrative—for companies that succeed in getting (and keeping) a license from New York’s Cannabis Control Board.
 
This webinar will lay out the importance of a robust, proactive compliance and anti-diversion program for license applicants and awardees, as well as the steps your clients can take now, even before New York adopts its new cannabis regulations, to implement such a program.
 
 
Presenter Bios 
 
Michael P. Robotti is a partner in Ballard Spahr’s New York office and a member of its White Collar & Internal Investigations, Securities Enforcement & Corporate Governance, Anti-Money Laundering and Cannabis Groups.  A former Assistant United States Attorney, Mike Robotti uses his strong prosecutorial background to handle internal and government investigations, white collar defense and complex litigation.
 
Mike counsels corporations and individuals across a range of industries against allegations of misconduct, including money laundering, securities fraud, public corruption, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) violations and other financial crimes.
 
Mike also advises financial institutions and businesses on their anti-money laundering obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), as well as other compliance requirements, with a particular focus on issues involving cannabis, cryptocurrency and anti-corruption. Additionally, Mike assists businesses presently seeking to enter New York’s cannabis market with preparing their compliance plans and licensing applications. Mike has authored several recent articles on this topic.
 
As a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York for nearly eight years, Mike served as deputy chief of the International Narcotics & Money Laundering section and as senior trial counsel for the Business and Securities Fraud section. Mike was a member of the trial team that prosecuted Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera—the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the world’s largest drug cartel. For his work on that case, in 2019, he received the Attorney General’s David Margolis Award for Exceptional Service, the Department of Justice’s highest honor. He also led the investigation and prosecution of Genaro García Luna, a former Mexican cabinet official, who allegedly protected the Sinaloa Cartel in exchange for bribes.
 
In addition, while a federal prosecutor, Mike investigated and prosecuted complex and high-profile cases in a wide variety of subject matters. His cases included, among others, matters related to foreign public corruption and bribery, money laundering, corporate misconduct, securities fraud, BSA and OFAC violations, mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, pharmaceutical regulatory compliance and international drug trafficking. Mike has tried multiple federal cases to verdict, and he has argued numerous times before the federal district court and court of appeals.
 
Shawn F. Summers is an associate in Ballard Spahr’s Philadelphia office and a member of its Litigation Department. His practice is focused on commercial litigation, media and First Amendment law, government and internal investigations, and regulatory compliance.
 
Shawn first came to Ballard Spahr as a summer associate. Before law school, Shawn worked as a software quality analyst, supporting and advising clients in the insurance, banking, and retail industries. Shawn also worked as a staff member at a Pennsylvania craft distillery.
 
Shawn maintains an extensive pro bono practice divided between impact litigation and representation of individual clients. He successfully represented a medically vulnerable federal prisoner seeking compassionate release during the COVID-19 pandemic, securing the client’s release and sentence reduction to time served over prosecutorial opposition.
 
Shawn also represented the Philadelphia Bail Fund in a First Amendment challenge to Philadelphia’s policy of conducting bail hearings off the record, and helped a group of civic leaders and organizations in New York sue the federal government over its failure to produce certain public health reporting before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shawn has also represented clients seeking asylum in the United States after fleeing persecution in their home countries.



Practice Areas: Business Organizations & Contracts, Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Law, State, Local & Municipal Law
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 02/01/2022
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 1 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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