Banking and Marijuana-Related Businesses, by Michael L. Salad and Brittany A. Bonetti

Click here for a printable copy: Michael Salad and Brittany Bonetti article Banking and Marijuana-Related Businesses  NJ Lawyer mag Oct 2018 This article was originally published in the October 2018 issue of New Jersey Lawyer, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is reprinted here with permission. Since federal regulators began reinterpreting … Continue reading “Banking and Marijuana-Related Businesses, by Michael L. Salad and Brittany A. Bonetti”

New Jersey Embarks on New Direction in Marijuana Cases

Signaling a change in state policy dating back over 50 years, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal authorized municipal prosecutors to consider social justice grounds as a basis for exercising discretion to amend or dismiss possessory marijuana cases. “To the extent permitted by law, a municipal prosecutor should consider the impact of adverse collateral consequences of a … Continue reading “New Jersey Embarks on New Direction in Marijuana Cases”

NJ Attorney General Decision Marks Transition in NJ Marijuana Policy

by: Sean F. Dalton, Esquire Last week, New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer signaled a positive step in efforts to curb marijuana prosecution in New Jersey.  On July 24, 2018, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal  instructed municipal prosecutors in New Jersey’s 565 municipalities to postpone prosecution of all marijuana-related offenses until early September pending review of … Continue reading “NJ Attorney General Decision Marks Transition in NJ Marijuana Policy”

Jill Ojserkis quoted in ROI-NJ article today: N.J. doubling number of medical marijuana dispensaries, to 12

“Today’s announcement … has changed the entire playing field in New Jersey,” Cooper Levenson Partner Jill Ojserkis said. “Current law requires the first two of each ATC (alternative treatment center) in a region to be nonprofit. Each region currently has two nonprofits. “The new RFA permits applicants to be either nonprofit or for-profit. It also specifically permits joint … Continue reading “Jill Ojserkis quoted in ROI-NJ article today: N.J. doubling number of medical marijuana dispensaries, to 12”

A Synopsis of Significant Cannabis Bills for the current New Jersey Legislative Session

The first three bullet points pertain to recreational use. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. S2703 – “New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Act”; legalizes possession and personal use of marijuana for persons age 21 and over; creates Division of Marijuana Enforcement and licensing structure; introduced on June 7, 2018 by Senators Scutari and Sweeney … Continue reading “A Synopsis of Significant Cannabis Bills for the current New Jersey Legislative Session”

“The Future of Cannabis in New Jersey”

The New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association and Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law produced a seminar, “The Future of Cannabis in New Jersey,” at the New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick on March 20, 2018. Discussions included medical expansion, patient access, decriminalization, legalization,  minority inclusion, industry and community strategies, municipal benefits, constituent engagement, workable approaches to … Continue reading ““The Future of Cannabis in New Jersey””

Jan. 16 Cannabis Update: from the Nevada desk of Kimberly Maxson Rushton, Esquire

Earlier today, January 16, 2018, the Nevada Tax Commission adopted permanent regulations pertaining to oversight and regulation of Nevada’s marijuana industry (both retail and medicinal). In response to hours of public comment the Commission acknowledged that there is still work to be done on the regulations and advised interested parties to work with the Department … Continue reading “Jan. 16 Cannabis Update: from the Nevada desk of Kimberly Maxson Rushton, Esquire”

Sessions Memo Makes Waves for Cannabis Industry

by Brittany Verga Bonetti Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ rescission of the Obama-era “Cole Memo” on January 4, 2018 created a stir in the expanding domestic cannabis industry. In a single page the Sessions Memo rescinds previous Department of Justice guidance, which limited federal prosecution of marijuana-related activity. The Sessions Memo gives federal prosecutors more latitude … Continue reading “Sessions Memo Makes Waves for Cannabis Industry”

Blurred Lines or Bright Line Between Gaming and Medical Marijuana

Last year, when the song “Blurred Lines” blasted over the airways, no one, including the recording artists (at least they claimed) realized that lines had been blurred between the popular hit song and a song titled “Got to Give It Up” written by music sensation Marvin Gaye. However, as determined by a jury earlier this … Continue reading “Blurred Lines or Bright Line Between Gaming and Medical Marijuana”