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About

Cristina is a sought-after attorney, advisor, and advocate who focuses her legal and business acumen on helping those who seek to build viable cannabis and hemp enterprises.

As the founder of Cristina Buccola Counsel PLLC, Cristina is retained by cannabis and hemp companies, entrepreneurs, and investors to advise on M&A transactions and investment opportunities, to design/negotiate complex corporate matters and strategic ventures, and to establish/manage intellectual property protection and licensing programs.  She assists cannabis and hemp producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and applicants in navigating the legal, licensing, regulatory, and operational challenges they face. She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Illinois (retired).

Cristina undertakes public interest/policy work related to medical cannabis and economic and social justice issues, has testified in front of the New York State and New Jersey Legislatures about cannabis regulatory programs, and is a member of the New York Cannabis Bar Association. She is also frequently engaged by lifestyle/wellness entrepreneurs, artists, technology companies, and charity/not-for-profit projects for her legal and business development strategies.  Before dedicating herself exclusively to the full-spectrum transactional cannabis law practice that is CB Counsel, Cristina served as the General Counsel of High Times and was a partner in an adult-use cultivation concern.

Cristina received her BA from The Gallatin School at New York University and her JD from The University of Chicago Law School.  She cut her teeth in the M&A and private equity departments of white-shoe law firms in NYC and Chicago. She also served as the General Counsel and Director of Human Resources of an international technology company.

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media

Cristina is routinely tapped as an authority on legal, business, and policy matters related to cannabis and hemp.

engagements

Cristina dedicates a portion of CB Counsel to testifying in front of legislatures, engaging with elected officials and state agencies, and speaking to audiences nationwide about cannabis and hemp legalization considerations, challenges, and solutions. 

2018 New York Cannabis Summit, August 2018

2018 Southern Tier Hemp Conference: Public Policy Panel, June 2018

Cannabis Law Summit: Legalization Through Legislation, May 2018

New Jersey Assembly: Meeting of the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee re: Cannabis Legalization, May 2018

New York Cannabis Parade, May 2018

National Action Network: Legalize It, Don’t Criminalize It: How To Turn Mass Incarceration Into Economic Opportunity Through The Legalization of Marijuana, April 2018

Public Advocate Letitia James' Roundtable on Cannabis Legalization in New York, April 2018

New Jersey Assembly: Meeting of the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee re: Cannabis Legalization, March 2018

New York State Assembly: Public Hearing on Marijuana Decriminalization and Regulation, January 2018

Vegas Cannabis Summit: Legal, Insurance & Banking Considerations for the Cannabis Industry, July 2017

Sullivan County Bar Association: Marijuana CLE, May 2017

High NY: Cannabis Business & Investment Panel, February 2017

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writings

Here are some of Cristina's writings concerning cannabis and hemp.

 
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august 2018 op-ed in the hemp mag


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comments to proposed changes to nj's compassionate use medical marijuana act 


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may 2018 overview of ny's compassionate care act


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may 12, 2018 testimony to members of the nj legislature re: the need for record expungement as part of cannabis reform and legalization 


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memo of support for NY A09869 to add autism spectrum disorder as a condition qualifying for medical cannabis in nys


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january 11, 2018 testimony to members of the nys legislature re: an adult-use cannabis program in nys

See Cristina’s writings with the New York Cannabis Bar Association here, here, here, and here.

Contact

For inquiries about Cristina's services, academic and policy collaborations, or speaking engagements click here.