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Bar Association Holding NJ Cannabis Conference May 16

The Garden State Bar Association is holding its first NJ cannabis law conference and cannabis summit in Roseland, New Jersey.

It will be on Tuesday, May 16th from 1 pm to 6 pm at the noted law firm of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi (CSG) PC, 105 Eisenhower Parkway in Roseland in Essex County.

Jeff Chiesa was appointed by former Governor Chris Christie (R) to serve as the replacement for Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) who passed in while in office and was succeeded by Cory Booker (D).

This half-day event was designed for the diverse business community and will provide access and education to students, operators, investors, entrepreneurs, and lawyers about the legal landscape and industry trends in New Jersey.

The NJ cannabis law summit will focus on access, justice, and opportunity in the cannabis industry for diverse entrepreneurs in New Jersey. The summit comprises three segments, each segment will focus on the different considerations and requirements related to New Jersey’s cannabis marketplace.

The discussions regarding cannabis-related concerns will be led by various trailblazers and legal practitioners in the industry. The Summit will conclude with a cocktail networking reception.

NJ Cannabis Conference Panels

There will be multiple NJ cannabis law-focused panels. 

Navigating the Legal Considerations in the Cannabis Industry.

The panel will examine the different legal practice areas needed to create a successful cannabis establishment. Each panelist is a licensed attorney specializing in the following areas: Cannabis Law, Land Use, Commercial Lease, Business Law, Criminal Law, and Municipal Law. Jason Holt of CSG Law will moderate the discussion involving following panelists:

1.      Cannabis Law – Fruqan Mouzon of Fox Rothschild

2.      Real Estate (land use)– Amanda Curley of Day Pitney

3.      Real Estate (lease) – Luke Pontier of Day Pitney

4.      Corporate Formation – Robert Johnson of Gibbons

5.      Municipal Approval – Jersey City Cannabis Board attorney Ronald Mondello of Law Offices of Ronald P. Mondello

Social Equity Concerns in New Jersey’s Cannabis Landscape.

This panel will examine the social equity concerns impacting the New Jersey cannabis industry, including access to capital and traditional banking, real estate availability, and the municipal selection process. The panel will comprise of cannabis operators and leaders from other cannabis-related organizations. Dan Pierre of Day Pitney will moderate the discussion involving following panelists:

1.  Wesley McWhite – CRC Diversity Director

2. Faye Coleman – Cannabis Dispensary and Consumption Lounge Owner  

3. East Orange Cannabis attorney Rosemarie Moyeno Matos – Municipal Attorney and Class 5 License Applicant

4. Jennell Johnson – NJ Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Grant expert

5. Natacha Andrews – National Association of Black Cannabis Lawyers

6. Jelani Gibson – Cannabis Journalist

Master Class on NJ Cannabis Application for Licensing

A New Jersey Cannabis Law Attorney will facilitate a walk-through of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s application for cannabis licensure. The walkthrough will provide a step-by-step overview for the attendees to learn the application process and required documentation. Ryan Magee of McCarter & English and Lee Vartan of CSG Law will facilitate the Master Class. 

The nature of New Jersey cannabis law legalization has been very political and legal from the very beginning. High-end lawyers and consultants charging a lot are likely to benefit the most. A lot of very politically connected lawyers and lobbyists have jumped into cannabis in recent years. They likely make it more respectable and mainstream.

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