Seed-to-sale law for New York’s adult use cannabis, CBD and hemp providers. Our Cannabis Law team is at the forefront of this new marketplace.

In 2021, New York State and Connecticut legalized adult use cannabis, joining other states legalizing a national and global cannabis industry.

As leaders of trade associations who have authored policy papers and offered guidance to state and local officials in support of legislation, Cuddy & Feder’s cannabis attorneys know firsthand the unique challenges the industry faces, including educating about the benefits and myths of this new marketplace.

Navigating the complexities of a cannabis business and taking advantage of emerging legal developments and new industry trends are critical to any New York or Connecticut cannabis business. Our attorneys are monitoring forthcoming regulations so that entrepreneurs, startups and real estate owners know what will be required to successfully obtain a license to operate from the New York Office of Cannabis Management or Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. We can help you get started now to plan for that process and gain a critical competitive edge. Whether your business model is cannabis, hemp, CBD, real estate transactions, construction, transport, or one of the many other businesses that will be connected to this market, a myriad of traditional legal considerations have to be considered as you build a business in this new ecosystem.

As a multi-disciplinary law firm, we distinguish ourselves by leveraging the collective experience of colleagues in Land Use, Zoning & Development, Real Estate, Corporate, Finance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Environmental practice areas to provide our cannabis clients superior service and a comprehensive array of integrated legal services.

Kristen Motel is a Partner in the firm’s Land Use, Environmental and Telecommunications practice groups and has extensive experience with federal, state and local permitting and real estate development. She frequently appears before municipal land use boards and permitting agencies to secure approvals for clients in numerous controversial projects. Kristen is uniquely suited to guide applicants through the state cannabis application process and represent clients in municipal forums to obtain land use approvals. Kristen is an active member of the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association and the Westchester County Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee and has presented as a panelist on local land use and municipal considerations related to New York’s adult-use cannabis legislation.

Eon S. Nichols, a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate, Corporate, Finance and Non-Profit practice groups, and a member of the Management Committee, represents clients in all aspects of real estate and corporate transactions, including financing, leasing and formation of corporate entities. As a member of the Cannabis Law Practice Team, Eon is excited to apply the practice he has developed for nearly two decades to help clients in this newly emerging field with corporate formation, governance, employment agreement, real estate transactions and other related legal business needs. He frequently speaks on various real estate and financing topics and has represented clients with all aspects of their business needs. As a resident of the Hudson Valley and an active member of the community, Eon is familiar with issues impacting the area and is able to advise cannabis applicants of local market considerations.

Richard J. Sandor, Jr. is Special Counsel to the Firm. His principal areas of practice include commercial and residential real estate transactions, real estate financing, commercial lending transactions, leasing and corporate law. As a member of the Cannabis Law Practice Team, Rich assists clients with corporate formation, investment agreements and private placement memoranda, and real estate transactions including commercial leases, ground leases, purchases and lending transactions.

For more information, contact Kristen Motel at or Eon S. Nichols at

Cannabis Attorney New York– Cannabis Business Lawyer - Marijuana Law Firm – Cannabis License Lawyer

Our cannabis lawyers are uniquely suited to guide clients through New York’s application process, advise on local market considerations and represent clients in municipal forums to obtain local approvals to operate cannabis businesses.



Strategic Advice and Project Team Management

Business Formation & Governance

Partnership, Shareholder and LLC Agreements

Private Placement Investor Disclosures

Commercial and Real Estate Transactions, Sales, and Leasing

Financing Transactions

IDA Transactions

Licensing & Regulatory Compliance

Land Use & Zoning




Publications • Aug 09, 2022

Cannabis Law Practice Newsletter

Our cannabis law team has curated a selection of blogs, legal alerts and industry trends in our 2022 Cannabis Law Practice Newsletter. Our cannabis attorneys understand the unique challenges the industry faces, including navigating the complexities of launching a cannabis business in the emerging market, new legal developments and industry trends.

Publications • May 10, 2022

Cannabis and Land Use & Zoning Regulation in New York

Kristen Motel, Partner and Chair of the Cannabis Law practice at Cuddy & Feder LLP, authored an update to the Land Use & Zoning Treatise, featured in the March/April edition of the New York Zoning Law and Practice Report newsletter.

Client Successes • Jul 09, 2024

Cuddy & Feder Secures IDA Approval for $121 Million Film Sudio Project in Hastings-on-Hudson

Cuddy & Feder Partner, Eon S. Nichols, secured IDA approval from the County of Westchester Industrial Development Agency (IDA) for a significant project by Electric Owl, for the development of a full-service film studio in Hastings-on-Hudson. This approval includes a straight-lease transaction for a project located at 1 South Broadway.

News + Events • Feb 06, 2024

Cannabis Law Update: OCM Will Open Second Application Window for Type 3 Processor Licenses and Transitioning AUCCs and ACUPs

The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced that the next application window for Type 3 Processor Licenses is scheduled to open on February 26th. Along with this news, OCM said it will re-open the window for accepting transitional applications for AUCCs (Adult-use Conditional Cultivator) and ACUPs (Adult-Use Conditional Processor) on February 26th.

Publications • May 06, 2021

How Will New York State’s New Cannabis Adult Use Legalization Law Impact the Westchester Business Community

On March 26, 2021, Andrew Schriever, Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation group, presented at a webinar titled “How will New York State’s New Cannabis Adult Use Legalization Law impact the Westchester Business Community” hosted by the Business Council of Westchester.

Publications • Oct 01, 2019

Ethically Preparing for the Green Wave

Cuddy & Feder understands not only the law but more importantly what business is all about and how it should work. There is real value here for what you pay for.
Phil Raffiani, President, Mirado Properties Inc.


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