Noah Potter, Esq
Executive Director, NYCCIA
Noah Potter became a drug policy reform advocate in 1993 when he joined the ibogaine legalization movement. As an undergraduate political science student, he studied the evolution of the prevention and treatment branches of the federal drug control bureaucracy. As chair (2006-2009) and member (2009-present) of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Drugs and the Law, he has organized numerous cutting-edge programs on a range of drug law and policy issues. In 2010 he took over the task of applying for permits on behalf of the historic public pro-legalization event now known as the New York City Cannabis Parade; he updated the event by creating a nonprofit corporate vehicle and attracting commercial sponsorship, and he has taken the event mainstream by bringing in elected officials, political candidates, and organized labor. He coined the term “psychedelic law” when he created the New Amsterdam Psychedelic Law blog, where he deconstructed the Drug Enforcement Administration’s legal theory for cannabis prohibition in 2012 and proposed fundamental elements of future psychedelic markets in 2018. He then assisted the Denver mushroom decriminalization campaign in formulating strategy and drafting the language for the ballot initiative that resulted in Denver becoming the first municipality in the United States to change the legal status of a psychedelic substance. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Cannabis Law and the Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants.
Noah has practiced commercial and appellate law since 2000. He is of counsel to the Hoban Law Group, a Denver-based international cannabis business boutique law firm, and Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy, a New York City-based general practice firm.
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