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Nov 07, 2018

New Jersey Marijuana Social Lounges

So, you’re considering applying for a marijuana retail license after the recreational adult use law is passed in New Jersey. The current version of Senate Bill No. 2703 (August 30, 2018) has several conditions that an applicant for a marijuana retail license must meet in order to have any chance of its application being approved.» Read More

Oct 22, 2018

Cannabis in the Beauty and Wellness Industry: Regulations and Best Practices

Cannabis is trending in the beauty and wellness industry.  More and more companies are infusing hempseed oil and CBD derived from hemp in salves, lotions, creams, oils, extracts, and lip balms, among other products.  Although the industry is taking off, the legal framework lags behind the expansion of the industry and broad acceptance of consumers to purchase these products. » Read More

Oct 18, 2018

Learn More About Running a Medical Marijuana Dispensary at the NJ Cannabis Summit on Wednesday!

Last Friday, I was invited to take a tour of Curaleaf New Jersey, one of the six authorized medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.  While there, I met with George Schidlovsky, President of Curaleaf New Jersey, and Bridgette Fonseca, Director of Dispensary Operations.» Read More

Sep 18, 2018

IRS Authority to Determine Violations of Controlled Substances Act Challenged

A “Farm to Flame” cannabis operation in Colorado has asked a U.S. Court of Appeals to preclude the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from disallowing income tax deductions for certain business expenses incurred by marijuana companies. The IRS had previously concluded that these business expenses were not deductible as they were incurred in business operations that violate federal law.» Read More

Aug 31, 2018

Should New Jersey Municipalities Opt out of the Marijuana Business?

In advance of the anticipated state legalization of recreational adult use marijuana, several North Jersey municipalities plan to adopt ordinances banning all marijuana businesses from operating within their borders. The recreational adult use marijuana bills currently being debated, which could be signed into law as early as this fall, empower local governments to decide whether they want to allow marijuana businesses to operate in their communities.» Read More

Aug 29, 2018

Check Your Local Listings: Local Laws Are Just as Important as State and Federal When Starting a Marijuana Business

In my last post, I discussed how there can be federal barriers preventing certain businesses from entering the cannabis industry, despite state legalization.  Here, we discuss the importance of considering local laws.

Just like other businesses, one of the biggest, and most important, challenges a cannabis business may face is identifying a suitable location to operate. » Read More

Aug 17, 2018

Calling All Applicants, Calling All Applicants!!! It’s the Final Call for ATC Applications!

Last month, Gov. Murphy issued a Request for Applications (“RFA”) for additional Alternative Treatment Centers.  Those looking to have a chance to obtain one of the six anticipated permits to operate an Alternative Treatment Center (“ATC”) must submit their application by 5 PM, Friday, August 31, 2018. » Read More

Jul 30, 2018

Trademark Registration for Cannabis Trademark Owners: A Legal Haze

Trademark registration and enforcement are vital to any brand owner’s ability to build brand recognition and value.  However, trademark owners of cannabis goods and services will find trademark registration highly challenging because the United States Trademark Office’s current position is to deny registrations for goods and services that involve marijuana. » Read More

Jul 28, 2018

New Jersey Awaits Marijuana Waste Disposal Requirements

As New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana industry expands, and the recreational use legislation continues to be fine-tuned by the state legislators, requirements for the disposal of waste from marijuana operations will play an important part in the regulation of the industry. New Jersey’s proposed recreational use legislation does not require that any specific waste practices be implemented; rather it merely requires cultivation and dispensary applicants to provide a waste disposal plan with the application.» Read More

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