Alana M. Hans-Cohen is an associate in the Cannabis & Hemp Law practice group where she focuses her practice on the intersection of cannabis law with corporate and business law, real estate, government, and public policy.
Named to the InsiderNJ “Insider 100: Cannabis Power List” in 2022, Alana has developed a niche practice serving minority and women-owned businesses and social equity applicants with cannabis business interests on a broad range of matters, ranging from formation and the application process to compliance and licensing. Drawing on her background in corporate and real estate law, she provides strategic advice to clients on, and prepares and negotiates contracts for, leases, purchases, sales, and options, as well as additional underlying corporate documentation. A dedicated advocate for her clients, Alana appreciates the complexities of the highly regulated cannabis industry, providing counsel on government and policy issues as well.
Alana has been a passionate advocate for social justice in the cannabis industry since 2016, and currently serves in a leading role in several cannabis-related organizations. She is a director and trustee of the Cannabis Advisory Group and the chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Drugs and the Law. She speaks frequently on cannabis-related issues, educating municipalities, non-profits, and social equity applicants on the complexities of federal and state laws and issues to consider in anticipation of preparing an application.
Alana earned her J.D. from New York Law School where, unable to find a cannabis law course in New York City, she advocated for a course at her school that has since been implemented. While attending law school, she served as the policy and legal compliance editor of Cannabis Law Digest and served as a law student attorney for the Mediation Clinic at New York Law School.
In Alana’s Words:
"I joined Pashman Stein because I wanted to work for a firm where I could not only grow my Cannabis practice, but also where I would have the support of the firm in my Cannabis pro bono work. I have always had an interest in Cannabis Law because I saw injustice for people who have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition, while big business in the industry often does the same with impunity. At Pashman Stein, I work with an amazing group of people who really know cannabis law and have as much passion for the cannabis industry as I do, which is a rare find.”
Honors & Recognitions
Selected for inclusion in the list of:
- InsiderNJ, “Insider 100: Cannabis Power List,” 2022
- Insider NJ, "Insider 100: Policymakers" 2021
Additional information about this recognition is available here.
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News & Insights
- International Cannabis Bar Association – “State Licensing: Navigating New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulations,” February 2022
- SUNY Schenectady County Community College – Recreational Marijuana Panel Discussion, December 2021
- CannAWARE Society – “The Legacy Market,” November 2021; “Cannabis Business Licenses,” December 2021
- New York City Bar Association CLE – “New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act’s Impact on Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs,” October 2021
- Presented educational programs on cannabis law to:
- West Orange New Jersey Town Council
- Rochelle Park Town Council
- Princeton NJ Town Council
- Berkeley Heights Democratic Club
- Medgar Evers College (CUNY) Board of Directors and College Administrators
- The New Jersey League of Municipalities
- LeadingAge of New Jersey and Delaware
- New York City NORML
- Cannabis Blog, 12.1.22
Community & Professional
- Cannabis Advisory Group, Director, 2020 – present
- Cannabis Law Digest, Policy & Legal Compliance Editor, 2017 – 2020
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, 2020 – present
- New York City Bar Association, Committee on Drugs and the Law; Chair, 2021 – present; Member, 2017 – present
- Greater Lynn Bar Association, Massachusetts, Member, 2020 – present
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Member, 2011 – present