Cristina is an attorney, advisor, and advocate who helps her clients build and sustain viable cannabis and hemp enterprises.
As the founder of Cristina Buccola Counsel PLLC, she is retained by entrepreneurs, institutional and private investors, farmers, consumer products and tech companies, artists, media outlets, and not-for-profit organizations. Cristina advises on transactional matters and investment opportunities, designs brand/IP protection and licensing programs, develops strategic ventures, and manages her clients' day-to-day legal needs. She also assists cannabis and hemp producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and applicants in navigating the legal, licensing, regulatory, and operational challenges they face. Cristina is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Illinois (retired).
Cristina dedicates a portion of her practice to 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 has worked with elected officials on developing cannabis legalization positions. She is a member of the New York Cannabis Bar Association and the National Cannabis Bar Association. Cristina also serves as Counsel to Serenity Garden Harlem, a community garden in Sugar Hill, NYC.
Before dedicating herself exclusively to the full-spectrum 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.
Cristina is routinely tapped as an authority on legal, business, and policy matters related to cannabis and hemp.
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 business and legal considerations, challenges, and solutions.
New York Conference of Mayors: Summit on Recreational Cannabis: Economic Impact, Social Justice, and Equity Panel, February 2019
Emmanuel Baptist Church: The Business of Cannabis: Social Justice & Policy Reform Panel, February 2019
Drug Policy Alliance: Marijuana: Justice, Equity, Reinvestment Conference: Crafting Regulations Panel, December 2018
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s Town Meeting: Recreational Marijuana in New York, November 2018
Boston Bar Association: Cannabis Law Conference: Corporate and Investment Law in the Cannabis Industry, November 2018
New York State Assembly: Public Hearing on Adult Use of Marijuana, October 2018
2018 Forbes Under 30 Summit: Cannabis Capitalism, October 2018
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
Here are some of Cristina's writings concerning cannabis and hemp.