The 6th Annual Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Symposium

Date: Apr 30, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, and Online

Member Price: $195

Non-Member Price: $244

Section Price: $183

Event Code: I050924

Areas of Law: Cannabis

Earn up to 6.9 credits, including 0.7 in Ethics! (More Information)




Daniel T. McKillop, Esq.
Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC, Little Falls
Michael F. Schaff, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., Woodbridge
Sarah Trent, Esq.
Founder and CEO, Valley Wellness, Raritan


Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq.
Mandelbaum Barrett, Roseland
Jonathan Bednarsh
Ript Dispensary, Jersey City
Brittany A. Bonetti, Esq.
Cooper Levenson P.A., Atlantic City
Duncan Delano, Esq.
Emerge Law Group, Newark
Valisha Desir, Esq.
The Glory Firm, Springfield
Lisa Gora, Esq.
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., Newark
Mollie Hartman Lustig, Esq.
Secretary, Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Special Committee, NJSBA, McLaughlin & Stern, Westfield
is a Partner in McLaughlin & Stern, LLP in Clark, New Jersey, and New York City, and is Chair of the Cannabis Practice Group. She has a comprehensive understanding of the existing laws and regulations governing cannabis cultivation, sale, use and legalization; practices traditional civil law with a focus in labor and employment issues for governmental entities; and represents clients in family law matters.

Ms. Hartman Lustig is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Massachusetts, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the District of Massachusetts. Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Special Committee (CLSC), she has been a member of the Committee since 2017, co-chairs the CLSC’s Social Justice and Equity Subcommittee and sits on the Municipal and Land Use Subcommittee. She is an instructor at Rutgers Law School, has lectured for ICLE and is the recipient of several honors.

Ms. Hartman Lustig received her B.A. from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law, where she served as a Rule 3:03 Certified Student Attorney for the Suffolk University Legal Services and completed a concentration in Civil Litigation. She clerked for the Honorable Claude M. Coleman, J.S.C. and the Honorable Craig R. Harris, J.S.C., Essex County Superior Court, where she served as a Court-Certified Mediator in child custody and parenting cases.
Beau W. Huch, Esq.
Porzio Bromberg & Newman, PC, Morristown
is Of Counsel to Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C. in the firm’s Morristown, New Jersey, office. He is a member of the Litigation Practice Group, where he counsels clients on compliance and regulatory issues relating to the emerging cannabis market, and also serves as a Director in the firm's lobbying subsidiary, Porzio Governmental Affairs, and advises on strategies to navigate the legislative landscape in healthcare, environmental, cannabis and law enforcement matters.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Mr. Huch is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee and Psychedelic Law Subcommittee. He is a former Legislative Aide in New Jersey's 10th Legislative District Office and Legislative Director for New Jersey's Legislative District State Senator. He has lectured for professional and business organizations.

Mr. Huch received his B.A. from Montclair State University and his J.D. from Widener University’s Delaware School of Law.
Matthew Miller, Esq.
Lerner David LLP, Cranford
Ronald P. Mondello, Esq.
Ronald P. Mondello PC, Fair Lawn
is a solo practitioner in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where he concentrates his practice in immigration, municipal, land use and criminal law. He focuses predominately on what legal scholars refer to as “crimmigration”, the intersection of crimes and immigration, advises criminal defense attorneys on how to avoid deportation for their foreign national clients with “safe haven” pleas, and has extensive experience filing post-conviction relief petitions based on constitutional infirmities. Mr. Mondello also represents corporate and individual clients before New Jersey planning and zoning boards, and also represents and defends municipal clients in municipal litigation and land use litigation. The Hoboken Cannabis Review Board Attorney, he is Special Litigation Counsel for Fair Lawn, has been Special Legal Counsel for the Borough of New Milford, Washington Township and Saddle Brook, and serves as Board Attorney for the Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Boards of several municipalities.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Florida, Mr. Mondello has been a member of the New Jersey State, Bergen County, Passaic County and Morris County Bar Associations. He has served as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the NJSBA Cannabis Law and Local Government Law Sections, a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys and Co-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Municipal Cannabis Subcommittee.

Mr. Mondello is a frequent lecturer on “crimmigration” issues for CLE providers and is especially known for his seminar designed to educate New Jersey criminal defense attorneys on how to avoid Ineffective Assistance Claims when representing foreign nationals. A former adjunct professor at Bergen and Passaic County Community Colleges, he has also taught business organizations, immigration and criminal law at the Academy for Legal Assistant Training.

Mr. Mondello received his B.A. from William Paterson College, his M.B.A. in General Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his J.D. from Loyola University. He served as a law clerk with the United States Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia and to the Honorable Marguerite T. Simon, Bergen County, and to the Passaic County Prosecutor.
Suzan Nickelson
Founder and CEO, Holistic Solutions
Sarah Powell, Esq.
Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton LLC, Easton
Ritesh Shah
NJ Leaf, Freehold
Joseph Shapiro, Esq.
Middlebrooks Shapiro, P.C., Springfield
Seth Tipton, Esq.
Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, Easton
David Michael White
Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark
John D. Williams, Esq.
Law Office of John D. Williams, Newton
Joseph Zoltowski
Director, Division of Plant Industry
New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Trenton

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Special Committee 

Join us for the 6th Annual Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Symposium – the Latest in Cannabis and Psychedelics Law. 

It has been two and a half years since New Jersey passed laws and regulations governing the recreational use of cannabis. This 2024 update will provide the information you need for your practice on the ever-evolving body of cannabis law. Experienced attorneys will provide an overview of where the law stands and how we got here. Then, the program will proceed with segments on ethics, dispensary operations and finance planning, monetizing your client’s innovations on a national scale, a hemp update, a litigation update and finally, the newest and hottest topic in regulated substances law – psychedelics. 

Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 | Welcome - Daniel T. McKillop, Esq.; Sarah Trent, Esq.; Michael F. Schaff, Esq.
  • 9:10 | New Jersey Cannabis Regulations Two (and a half) Years In: The Sticky and the Icky - Mollie Hartman Lustig, Esq.; Lisa Gora, Esq.; Duncan Delano, Esq.
    - Two (.5) years after regulations were adopted, what needs to be changed?
    - Ownership transfer strategies and methods
    - Wholesaler, Distributor & Delivery license applications
  • 10:10 | Ethics in Cannabis Law - Seth Tipton, Esq.; Valisha Desir, Esq.; Sarah Powell, Esq. 
  • 10:45 | Dispensary Operations and Finance Planning - Sarah Trent, Esq.; Jonathan Bednarsh; Suzan Nickelson; Ritesh Shah
    New Jersey dispensary owners/operators tell you what they have learned after operating for one year.
  • 11:45 | Monetizing Your Client’s Innovations on a National Scale - Matthew Miller, Esq.
    A 200-level course on the intersection of patents and cannabis
  • 12:20 | Hemp Update - John D. Williams, Esq.; Joseph Zoltowski
  • 1:00 | Lunch
  • 1:30 | Litigation Update: Keeping the Lights On - Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq.; Brittany A. Bonetti, Esq.; Ronald P. Mondello, Esq.  
    The panel will discuss cases filed throughout the State and beyond concerning the cannabis and hemp industries and how to avoid getting sued.
    2:30 | Up Next: Psychedelics - Prof. David Michael White; Joseph Shapiro, Esq.; Daniel T. McKillop, Esq.
    The history, uses, federal and state legal status, and “why” of psychedelics and related legislative reform.
  • 3:30 | Legislative Updates and Commentary - Beau W. Huch, Esq.
    Pending legislation and related discussions in Trenton, commentary regarding each bill, and practical considerations for applicants/operators.
  • 4:05 | Reception

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 6.9 hours of total CLE credit, including 0.7 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: CPE Taxation: 2.0, NJ Ethics: 0.7, NJ General: 6.2).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Ethics Transitional: 0.5, NY Professional Practice Transitional: 6.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 0.5, PA Substantive Credit: 5.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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