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Jun 21, 2019

New York Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation, Reducing Penalties for Low-Level Possession and Attempting to Address the Pressing Need for Restorative Justice

In New York, politicians typically favor incremental action rather than sweeping legislation.  This may explain the Legislature’s failure to legalize adult recreational marijuana this term.  However, the legislators have passed a bill, A08420, which amends New York penal law and criminal procedure law as they relate to criminal charges stemming from possession of small amounts of marijuana. » Read More

Jun 18, 2019

New York District Attorneys’ Op-Ed Piece Calls for “New York to Move Forward” Through Marijuana Legalization

As the end of the legislative session in New York approaches tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19, Cy Vance, the Manhattan District Attorney, and David Soares, the Albany County District Attorney, emphasize the importance of passing the Marijuana Revenue and Taxation Act in an op-ed piece published in the New York Daily News.» Read More

Mar 29, 2019

Delays in New York’s Push to Legalize Recreational Adult Use of Marijuana

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “high” hopes to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in New York in conjunction with the state budget for 2020 has dissipated.  His state budget proposal for 2020 due April 1, 2019, will not likely include legalization, dampening the dreams of Cuomo’s estimated tax revenue of $300 million over three years flowing into the state from such legalization.  » Read More

Jan 22, 2019

The Race Down the Hudson [PODCAST]

Check out Legally Grown’s (and Norris McLaughlin’s) first podcast!  In our inaugural episode, “The Race Down the Hudson,” Andrew D. Linden, Co-Chair of our Cannabis Law Practice Group, and a Member of the firm, discusses with Labor & Employment Attorney Keya Denner where New Jersey and New York stand on legalizing adult use marijuana. » 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 21, 2018

Marijuana and Beer Don’t Mix

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal recently announced that all marijuana cases in municipal courts be adjourned through at least September and that has many people hopeful that New Jersey’s legalization of medical and recreational marijuana is forthcoming.  If the legalization does happen, it will have a significant impact on many industries; and not just those one traditionally thinks of to be in the cannabis business.» Read More

Aug 01, 2018

Does NJ Attorney General’s Temporary Freeze on Marijuana Prosecutions Signal Bigger Things to Come?

On July 24, 2018, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made big news when he announced his office had instructed municipal prosecutors across the state to temporarily refrain from prosecuting low-level marijuana cases until September 4, 2018.  Grewal also stated that he intended to issue statewide guidance regarding prosecution of marijuana cases at the municipal court level by the end of August. » Read More

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