Cannabis Industrial Marketplace

Luis G. Rivera-Marín

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.
Of Counsel

Session Title: Introducción a la industria de Cannabis 101

Professional Summary

Luis G. Rivera-Marín is Of Counsel at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman,  and brings extensive experience in both the private and public sector, having practiced law in the private sector for more than two decades. Before entering public service, Mr. Rivera-Marín litigated commercial cases and served as counsel for several local and international firms. Rivera-Marín has advised Puerto Rico’s principal financial institutions in compliance and secured transactions issues, and has served in the Board of Governors of the Mortgage Bankers Association. Rivera Marín also served in various corporate positions leading the expansion of businesses in Puerto Rico.

Rivera-Marín  served  as the island’s 25th Secretary of State. He was a member of all Executive Branch councils and, in coordination with the US Department of State, the official representative of the US territory of Puerto Rico in all international and consular affairs. Additionally, Rivera-Marín held the position of Chief  Economic Development Advisor to the Governor.  Rivera-Marin was instrumental in spearheading innovation industries in the island like blockchain coding, egames, cannabis and aerospace.

 Secretary Rivera-Marín served as secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Consumer Affairs, which regulated the island’s housing, commerce and energy sectors. He also served as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, where he promoted the island as an investment and travel destination, and regulated the gaming industry. Concurrently, he chaired several government boards, including the Hotel Development Corporation, the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, the Tourism Development Fund, the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, and the Administration of Traffic Accident Compensations. Rivera-Marín led the committee that steered the successful San Juan International Airport public, private partnership concession, the first in the nation awarded by the Department of Transportation of the United States of America.


  • Corporate
  • Administrative


  • Financial Services
  • Life Sciences


  • Compliance and Secured Transactions
  • Economic Development


  • University of Massachusetts (B.A., Economics)
  • University of Puerto Rico (J.D.)
  • New York University (International Business)


  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Courts
  • Federal District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


  • Member of the Council of State Governments
  • National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
  • National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA), member at large
  • of the East Region of the Executive Committee
  • Toll Fellow of the Council of State Governments
  • Global Circle Fellow at Saint Petersburg University

Session Abstract

The panel will cover a broad range of introductory topics to include licensed and ancillary cannabis business, innovation and plant introduction, history of prohibition and legalization, and cannabis law. The aim of this panel is to educate Spanish speaking entrepreneurs on the various direct and indirect legal avenues to enter the cannabis market. The Medical Cannabis program in Puerto Rico will be highlighted and discussed as a case study.