December 17, 2018
In this NJBIZ article, Sills Cummis'
Victor Herlinsky, Co-Chair of the Firm's Cannabis Industry Practice Group,
shares his insights on current regulations that do not permit medical marijuana
facilities within 1,000 feet of a drug free school zone.
According to Herlinsky, "eliminating the provision will
make the market more inclusive of densely populated urban areas.
"'In the first two rounds, the 1,000-foot rule has caused
most of the applications and currently all the licenses to be outside of any of
the major cities,' said Herlinsky. 'This has caused cannabis jobs to be in the
suburbs, not in the cities. [Enabling municipalities to decide] will allow the
cities to compete with the suburbs for the location of both cultivation and
Later in the article, he states, "'There is a very good
equitable argument that cities should derive the benefit of legalization
because they by and large bear the brunt of the costs of legal prohibition of
drugs, especially marijuana.'"
"'The relaxation of the 1,000-foot rule will open up most
of our cities to the economic development associated with the cannabis
industry,' he said. 'Up until now, our urban centers have not been able to
fully engage in the cannabis industry. These reforms will allow them to do