Cristina Buccola

  • Adjunct Professor


BA, The Gallatin School, New York University
JD, The University of Chicago Law School

Cristina Buccola is an attorney, advisor, and advocate who helps her clients build and sustain viable business enterprises. She leverages her decades of experience and knowledge to structure and guide transactional matters and investment opportunities, design brand/IP protection and licensing programs, develop strategic ventures, and manage her clients' day-to-day legal needs. She routinely assists cannabis and hemp farmers, producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and applicants in navigating the legal, licensing, regulatory, and operational challenges they face.  

Cristina is passionate about fostering a regulated, inclusive cannabis industry based on pillars of racial and economic justice. To that end, she commits a portion of her practice to public interest/policy work related to medical cannabis and economic and social justice issues. She has testified in front of the New York State and New Jersey Legislatures about cannabis regulatory programs and has strategized with elected officials on developing cannabis legalization positions. Cristina is an active member of the Start SMART NY campaign dedicated to ending cannabis prohibition in New York and implementing a legal, equitable, and sensibly regulated cannabis marketplace. She also serves as an advisor to National Expungement Week on creating programming and events that bring legal relief (expungement, record sealing) and wraparound services (housing, healthcare, food) to communities most disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs.

Previously Cristina served as the General Counsel of High Times and was a partner in an adult-use cultivation concern.  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. She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Illinois (retired).