Cannabis Law, Licensing, and Legal Possibilities the Future May Hold

Now that Cannabis is set to be legalized in New Jersey, many are left wondering how to get licensing, start a business cannabis industry, about how to make sure you stay compliant with current regulations, and other effects of the legalization on various areas such as immigration. These rules and regulations can be confusing and difficult to wade through, especially when cannabis remains unlawful at the federal level. We’re here to help.

Those interested in the new and exciting market of the cannabis industry in NJ need to make sure they are complying with all of the local, state, and federal laws. We can keep you up to date with what the FDA, FDCA, and Industrial Hemp Farm Bill says, we can help make sure you are advertising and labeling your products pursuant to regulation and generally adhering to all the necessary requirements to keep your business continuing on a path to success.

Criminal, Immigration, and other Potential Consequences

In terms of legalization, some may also be worried about the effects the new laws will have on those who already may have marijuana convictions. It is still currently unknown as to whether expungements will be processed for those who already have convictions. The current proposed bill does not contain any type of language as to allow for expungements or address any other social justice concerns. We pride ourselves in keeping up to date on expungements as well as the effects any expungement or post-conviction relief may have on your immigration applications. 

It’s important to note that just because marijuana consumption may be legal on a state level, it is not yet legal on a federal level and can still carry detrimental consequences for those reasons. Additionally, much like our immigration practice, the landscape of the cannabis law practice remains changing on a regular basis. Our attorneys are ready and equipped to handle such changes and here to help you with these unique and rapidly developing regulations as New Jersey becomes another state in our nation to legalize recreational cannabis.

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In this most recent election, the citizens of New Jersey overwhelmingly voted to approve adult-use legalization. However, the work doesn’t stop there. A bill still needs to be passed in order to carve out the specific provisions of the legalization. There is already introduced legislation, A-21, which marks the beginnings of the process. As it stands, it appears that there will be various types of licenses offered for different purposes in relation to the cannabis industry. This may include both fill and micro-licenses. 

According to some media outlets, there may also be a program which facilitates the procurement of licenses to certain folks with limited access to capital, for women, and those from communities targeted by police during the war on drugs. There will also be a cannabis regulatory commission which will sit five appointed people to implement the legislation which will ultimately be signed by the governor. Finally, New Jersey needs to figure out steps as to taxation. It may be possible that there will be caps put into place as to local additional taxes, but until legislation is approved, it remains uncertain whether that will happen.

In this changing environment of laws surrounding cannabis, you need a strong legal team by your side guiding you through. We are a small firm which takes care in providing attention to our clients like no other big firm can provide and we’d like to help you navigate the budding world of the cannabis industry in New Jersey as well as through any types of consequences you may be facing as a result.