Cannabis Law

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As the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use gathers increasing steam, myriad opportunities -- and challenges -- are emerging for the host of businesses involved in the cannabis industry. From manufacturers to property owners, dispensers, retailers, cultivators, investors, ancillary service providers and others, Connell Foley LLP’s Cannabis Law Group advises interested parties in the full range of issues related to this rapidly developing area of the law. As members of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association as well as the National Cannabis Bar Association, we remain at the forefront of developments in this industry. We use this knowledge to educate and inform our clients, as well as to present them with targeted opportunities in line with their business goals.

Recognizing that the cannabis industry has far-reaching needs, our Cannabis Law Group is comprised of attorneys with extensive experience in the areas of law that are most directly related to the financing, production, operation, distribution and regulation of legal cannabis. Among other services, we advise on:

  • Business formation
  • Contract law
  • Distribution agreements
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor and employment
  • Land use and zoning approvals
  • Leasing
  • Licensing applications
  • Litigation
  • Mergers, sales and acquisitions
  • Privacy and data security
  • Real estate transactions and property acquisitions
  • Regulatory compliance

In addition to assisting New Jersey-based businesses and entrepreneurs, we work with out-of-state companies looking to establish or partner with a cannabis business in New Jersey. This broad base of experience uniquely positions our Cannabis group not only to assist clients in taking advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities, but also to provide regulatory guidance as well as legal defense.

Disclaimer: Possessing, using, distributing and/or selling marijuana or marijuana-based products is illegal under federal law, regardless of any state law that may decriminalize such activity under certain circumstances. Although federal enforcement policy may at times defer to states’ laws and not enforce conflicting federal laws, interested businesses and individuals should be aware that compliance with state law in no way assures compliance with federal law, and there is a risk that conflicting federal laws may be enforced in the future. No legal advice we give is intended to provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law.

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