I’m a commercial litigator based in New York City. I have studied and analyzed drug policy and reform activist since the early 1990’s with a special focus on cannabis and psychedelics. I am of counsel to Hoban Law Group, a national cannabis business law boutique firm.
Drug law and policy analysis
I began deconstructing drug policy as a political science student in the early 1990s.
- Policy analysis
- Research memoranda
- New York City issues
Of counsel to Hoban Law Group
New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Drugs and the Law
Member (2005-present) and chair (2006-2009)
I created the field of “psychedelic law” in 2010 when I named my blog New Amsterdam Psychedelic Law.
In October 2012 I deconstructed the DEA’s legal theory justifying the permanent prohibition of cannabis. See Madmen Rule You. In January 2013 my analysis was proven accurate. See The Meaning of the DEA’s Recent Victory in ASA v DEA.
New York City Cannabis Parade
Planning Team Member, 2011-present
Government Relations and Political Speaker Outreach
SELECTED PUBLIC SPEAKING AND CLASSES
Moderator, “The Legal History of Psychedelics”
New York City Bar Association, September 2017
Presenter, “Cannabis Legalization in Urban Areas: What Could Happen in New York City?”
Lawline CLE, June 15, 2017
Co-organizer and co-moderator, “The Future of Marijuana Law in New York City”
New York City Bar Association, January 28, 2015