The New York City Cannabis Industry Association (NYCCIA) and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (HVCIA) Policy Prospectus

Before we get into their initial outline let’s have a look at their  Board…….

David Holland President, NYCCIA Vice President, HVCIA

David  Holland is a Manhattan-based litigation attorney and co-founder of both the New York City Cannabis Industry (NYCCIA) and the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (HVCIA). He is also the Executive and Legal Director of Empire State NORML, the New York State affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), as well as a Legal Advisor to the Last Prisoner Project.
David spent a dozen years serving Of Counsel to the late Michael Kennedy,  Esq., a renowned criminal defense and cannabis advocate, and provided counsel to High Times magazine.
He is a frequent lecturer to attorneys and lawmakers about the constitutional issues presented by federal and state cannabis laws and has brought legal actions on behalf of individuals and activist groups challenging the scheduling of cannabis under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

Elizabeth Shields, Esq. Executive Director, HVCIA Secretary, NYCCIA

Elizabeth started her career in NYC politics as a legislative representative for the Mayor’s office working on land use, zoning issues, concessions, franchises, and government contracts. She worked with the NYC Council, unions and community leaders on may quality of life issues including the first domestic partner law and wholesale market regulations designed to root out corruption.
After her work in government, and attending New York Law School at night, she joined Greenberg Traurig to develop a government affairs practice. There she represented clients to create unique public-private partnerships, secure change in land use approvals, and defend against government enforcement actions including investigations before the NYS lobby commission. She has worked with numerous local and State as well as the federal government, on a variety of issues from Native American gaming to sustainable energy systems. Most recently she has focused on cannabis related operations and policies for startups in NY and RI. This work has included the founding of the NYCCIA and grassroots lobbying efforts on behalf of South County Patients’ Rights toward expansion of medical, and eventual legalization, in RI.

Andrew Schriever, Esq. President, HVCIA Director, NYCCIA

Andrew Schriever is an attorney who helps clients develop their cannabis businesses and a writer and frequent lecturer in this field, having presented on cannabis law to multiple Bar Associations.  Andrew is also  Co-Chair of the Litigation Department at Cuddy & Feder LLP, one of Westchester’s premier law firms, where his practice includes business and real estate litigation, arbitration and mediation.  In 2019, Andrew was selected to work with Judges and Court staff to draft new rules for a  new mediation program that is now in place for five County Courthouses in the Hudson Valley.  Andrew also has a long history of working with non-profit organizations aimed at community betterment and social justice, having served as President of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, Vice President of the Greenburgh Nature Center,  Board Legal Counsel for RiverArts, Treasurer of the Westchester County  Bar Association, a Delegate to the New York State Bar Association’s  House of Delegates, and a member of the Westchester County Bar  Association’s Cannabis Law Committee.  Also a lifelong musician, in his  “off” time, Andrew plays guitar, banjo, and piano with his band Greetings  From Anywhere, which is a frequent staple at local music venues and festivals.


Michele Alexis D’Ambrosio, Director, HVCIA

James K. Landau, Director, HVCIA

Ruben Lindo, Director, HVCIA

Sheri L. Tarr, Director, NYCCIA

Here’s the Introduction to the Policy Prospectus.

The New York City Cannabis Industry Association (NYCCIA) and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (HVCIA) proudly present this Policy Prospectus, presenting key positions aimed at ensuring that New York’s new legal adult marketplace has the best practices and greatest opportunity for success.
Part of the Associations’ joint mission is to bring together all stakeholders in this new industry interested in helping build a nationally leading, sustainable cannabis market.
Critical to that goal is ensuring that the rules strike the appropriate balance between the need to prevent overregulation that would make it too hard or unaffordable for the market to operate efficiently and the need to satisfy legitimate community concerns, such as the time, place and manner in which cannabis businesses will operate.
This Prospectus reflects the joint committee work by each Association’s members and special advisors aimed at striking that balance, focusing on social and economic justice and equity, the need for personal cultivation to be part of a successful state program, hemp regulation, taxation and e-commerce.
We also include a statement we issued in 2020 relating to the proposed Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) which remains instructive in that many of the key policy proposals we emphasized then are still priority issues as the legislature aims to accomplish legalization in 2021.

The Policy Prospectus PDF



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