the United States, medical and recreational marijuana programs are being allowed
by state laws and regulations. In response, local governments are passing
ordinances and rules to either encourage or limit the presence of the cannabis
industry in their localities. As New Jersey moves toward expanding its medical
marijuana program and seeks to legalize recreational marijuana through the
legislative process, Sills Cummis & Gross's experience nationally places it at the forefront of this new
industry here in New Jersey.
Our History and Our Experience
Our Cannabis Industry Practice Group, first formed in 2015, is on the cutting edge of this rapidly evolving area. Having represented clients in cannabis-related transactions in Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Maryland, we are well-versed in the industry and the associated laws and regulations.
In New Jersey, Sills
Cummis & Gross is no stranger to the dawn of a newly regulated industry. As one of a few law firms involved at the outset of the legalization of
gambling in New Jersey, we understand the political, business and legal challenges
clients will face. In that spirit, we work both to understand the regulatory
framework and to guide our clients to maximize the benefits and protections
available under existing and proposed laws and regulations.
of our Cannabis Industry Practice Group serves as general counsel to the New
Jersey Cannabis Industry Association; another member of the Practice is an executive committee member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee and the co-chair of the Business Law Section's Cannabis Subcommittee.
clients include applicants for licensure to do business in the cannabis industry, operators in the cannabis industry, consultants and advisors to
the cannabis industry, investors, owners of property where cannabis-related
facilities are proposed, cannabis executives seeking guidance in connection with their employment agreements, and others seeking to do business with cannabis-related
team understands the complex political, legal and business issues impacting
companies operating in this industry. Our Practice Group is designed to provide
a broad range of skills and experience to those already in, and those seeking
to enter, the cannabis industry.
Areas of Experience
Corporate and Commercial Transactions, both Domestically and Cross-Border
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Corporate Formation and Business Licensing
- Fund Formation and Investment Management
- State Licensing
- Branding and Intellectual Property Protections
- Commercial Licensing Agreements
- Real Estate Law, including Zoning and Land Use
- Environmental Law
- Litigation and Insolvency
- Secured Creditor Issues
- Employment Law
- State and Local Tax Law
manufacturing, distributing, and/or selling/dispensing cannabis or
cannabis-based products is illegal under federal law, regardless of any state
law that may legalize or decriminalize such activity under certain
circumstances. Although federal enforcement policy may at times defer to
states' laws and not enforce conflicting federal laws, you 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 currently and in
the future. No legal advice we give is intended to provide any guidance or
assistance in violating federal law.