The newly-approved Cannabis Law Section is charged with serving as the New York State Bar Association’s focal point for the evolving legal status of Cannabis at both the state and federal level. Cannabis law is perhaps one of the fastest growing yet complex areas of the law that poses a broad spectrum of challenges. This Section seeks to help NYSBA lawyers give their clients better advice through sharing educational resources, and otherwise helping New York set the highest possible legal and business (including advice to medical professionals) standards for legalized Cannabis products.

Contact the Cannabis Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Tara Lana
[email protected]
(518) 487-5596



To help expand the reach of the Cannabis Law Section to the entire NYSBA membership, some of our members have volunteered to be Liaisons with other NYSBA Sections. Please feel free to contact your Section’s liaison from the list below to learn how you can get involved.

Business Law Section – Glenn J. Witecki, Esq.
Corporate Counsel Section – Lee Williams, Esq.
Criminal Justice Section – John Joseph Montes, Esq.
Elder Law and Special Needs Section – Jeffrey A. Asher, Esq.
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section – Diane Krausz, Esq.
Environmental and Energy Law Section – Telisport W. Putsavage, Esq.
Executive Committee – Jonathan B. Behrins, Esq.
Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law Section – Brian J. Malkin, Esq. and Thomas J. Schultz, Esq.
General Practice Section – Elisa Strassler Rosenthal, Esq.
Health Law Section – Sandra Jensen, Esq., Noah B. Potter, Esq. and Jay B. Silverman, Esq.
Intellectual Property Law Section – Robert Laurence Greenberg, Esq.
International Law Section – Jose Alberto Campos, Esq.
Labor and Employment Law Section – Alyson Matthews, Esq., Geoffrey A. Mort, Esq. and Samuel Sverdlov, Esq.
Real Property Law Section – Aleece E. Burgio, Esq.
Tax Section – Jason Klimek, Esq.
Trusts and Estates Law Section – Regina Kiperman, Esq.
Young Lawyers Section – Michael James Sullivan, Esq.

Lynelle Bosworth

Lynelle K. Bosworth, Esq., Chair

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Lynelle Bosworth focuses her practice on government law and policy issues and advises clients on renewable energy, environmental, transportation, finance, racing and gaming, insurance, and health care related matters. Lynelle represents private and publicly owned companies and not-for-profit organizations regarding state and federal regulatory and policy matters.

In addition, Lynelle provides legal counsel to health insurers, HMOs and other health care clients in regulatory compliance matters, business negotiations, and corporate transactions. She has wide-ranging experience representing clients on regulatory matters before the New York State Department of Financial Services and the New York State Department of Health.

Lynelle also represents clients on Freedom of Information Law issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Lynelle served as counsel to the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee and Transportation Committee of the New York State Assembly where she drafted and negotiated legislation on critical policy issues such as the Public Authorities Reform Act. In addition, Lynelle served as counsel for the Health Committee of the New York State Assembly where she advised the Assembly Speaker and the Health Committee Chair on budgetary and policy priorities regarding Medicaid, public health, and the Affordable Care Act.

Cecilia Oyediran

Cecilia Oyediran, Chair-Elect

Foley Hoag LLP

New York, NY

As an associate in the Cannabis group of Foley Hoag, Cecilia Oyediran advises clients on licensing, regulatory, and compliance matters in the legal cannabis industry. Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Cecilia was Corporate Counsel at Acreage Holdings, a publicly traded company holding a large and diverse portfolio of cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing operations in the tristate area and across the United States. In her role as Corporate Counsel at Acreage, she advised the company on all aspects of the business including transactional, regulatory, compliance, real estate, and labor/employment matters.

Cecilia currently serves as a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis. Additionally, Cecilia is also a member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) and participated in the MCBA’s 2021 Annual State Policy Summit. A passionate advocate for cannabis education, Cecilia is a frequent speaker and panelist on a range of issues related to state cannabis licensing, social equity, and corporate law, and volunteers her time to mentor students and young professionals interested in entering the cannabis industry.

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