• Oct 17, 2018Keya C. Denner to Moderate NJ Cannabis Summit Panel Sponsored by Norris McLaughlin

    Keya C. Denner, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of the Cannabis Law Group, will moderate a breakout session, “Opportunities and Obstacles in Running a Dispensary,” at the Inaugural NJ Cannabis Summit, hosted by NJ Cannabis Media. Norris McLaughlin is one of ten sponsors of the conference, “Growing a Sustainable Industry in the Garden State,” to be held Wednesday, October 24, at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe.

    The breakout session, scheduled for 3:45pm, will cover layout and design, security, packaging, and customer experience.

    The conference will focus on the unique issues facing the cannabis industry – especially while the consumption of marijuana remains prohibited at the federal level — and will explore how New Jersey businesses can capitalize on the emerging industry while navigating the constantly evolving matrix of state compliance regulations. To learn more and register, please visit

    Denner devotes his practice to cannabis law, labor and employment law, executive compensation, and commercial litigation. As Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group, he uses his broad knowledge base, experience, and industry connections as invaluable assets to clients looking to gain a foothold in the emerging legal cannabis industry, and to understand the current tensions between federal and state laws regarding the sale and marketing of marijuana and industrial hemp.  A frequent commenter and speaker, Denner represents both established companies and entrepreneurs in applying for licenses to operate alternative treatment centers under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA). He also counsels businesses on marijuana-related employment matters, including accommodation issues for employees who use marijuana pursuant to CUMMA, and drafting and refining employer drug testing and enforcement policies.  Denner also counsels firm clients planning to conduct medical and agricultural research in this area. He contributes to the firm’s cannabis law blog, Legally Grown,

    Denner is also an experienced employment litigator. He represents management in matters ranging from breach of employment agreements and restrictive covenants to discrimination, disability, and wage and hour violations under federal and state laws; and regularly handles discrimination matters before state and federal administrative agencies in New York and New Jersey. Denner has expertise in guiding employers through difficult employee leave entitlement issues under both the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, mass layoffs under federal and state WARN statutes, and multi-state reductions in force.  He is has conducted scores of training sessions over the years for groups of employees, managers, and human resources professionals on topics ranging from harassment awareness and the impact of #metoo on modern businesses, to best practices for managers and supervisors.

    Denner was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as a 2017 New Leader of the Bar for his impressive accomplishments and great promise in the legal profession.  For the past three years, he has been selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers Employment & Labor list of New Jersey Rising Stars.  Denner is host of the Somerset County Business Partnership’s Human Resources Roundtable Group, and Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee of the Somerset County Bar Association.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Community Visiting Nurse Association, where he Chairs the By-Laws Committee and is a member of the Personnel Committee; and is a member of the Personnel Committee for the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy.  A resident of Boonton, Denner earned his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004 and his B.A., cum laude, from Boston University in 2000.

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