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Joseph Aaron Bondy

Joseph Aaron Bondy

  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law
  • New York
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Biography

Named one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys and one of the Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers by the American College of Trial Lawyers, Joseph Bondy is an internationally-recognized expert in criminal litigation. With 27 years of superlative trial and federal sentencing experience, Bondy has advised thousands of clients in complex criminal defense, cannabis business and advocacy, and crisis management matters. The New York Times has described him as “eloquent and armed with the serene demeanor of a surgeon,” saying that “his oratorical intensity hovers at the evangelical.” High Times dubbed Bondy “one of the nation’s preeminent cannabis attorneys,” and his outstanding talent for defense strategy has been hailed by such outlets as CNN, Politico, and New York Law Journal, as well as legal analysts from around the world. Bondy’s unique approach to criminal defense and public media strategies were particularly praised on a global level while he represented Lev Parnas, a Guiliani associate connected to the Ukraine scandal leading to Donald Trump’s first impeachment. Bondy and Parnas’s interview on The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) was its highest audience-drawing episode of all time, earning an Emmy nomination; and a subsequent feature on Anderson Cooper 360 was one of that program’s most-viewed episodes of the year.

Bondy serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and is a Vice President and Board Member of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA). A graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, Bondy was a leading member of a team of attorneys on the seminal case Washington v Barr (2019), originally Washington v Sessions (2017), which took action against the Department of Justice with the aim to legalize cannabis federally. He is the founder of In The Know 420, a well-known podcast on cannabis law, policy and industry. Bondy is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Education
Brooklyn Law School
J.D. (1994) | Law
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Columbia University
B.A. (1991) | Psychology
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Professional Associations
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
National Board of Directors
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
Life Member, National Legal Committee
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Life Member
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New York State Bar  # 2681393
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 2681393
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1st Circuit
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2nd Circuit
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3rd Circuit
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4th Circuit
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U.S. District Court, Connecticut
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
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U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
Practice Areas
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
    White Collar Crime
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Internet Crimes
Languages
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. Good evening if I am on colors for drug testing in Kentucky and I legally live in my residence in Ohio can I smoke weed
A: I don’t know what it means to “be on colors” in Kentucky, and I am not an attorney in Ohio, however cannabis possession in Ohio is unlawful whether in public or your home—possession of under 100 grams remains a misdemeanor. See, generally, https://norml.org/laws/ohio-penalties-2/
Q. Can you own a gun and use weed
A: No. Possessing a gun and using cannabis, which is still federally illegal, renders you subject to prosecution as an “unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3).
Q. If on felony probation, can you be revoked for a positive marijuana drug screen even with a prescribed medical card?
A: You should consider requesting early termination of supervised release—which is what I believe you mean by “federal probation,” as the health issue requiring you to possess a medical cannabis card is likely a “new or unforeseen circumstance,” that makes early termination appropriate when considered in light of (hopefully) other favorable personal characteristics. I recently won such a request in United States v. Jose Pereyra, 14-cr.-268 (KMK) (Dkt. 190) (SDNY, March 21, 2022)(Government consenting to early termination of supervised release for NYS medical cannabis patient).
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The Law Offices of Joseph A. Bondy
1776 Broadway
Suite 2000
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (212) 219-3572
Notice: Video conferencing available; appointments upon request.