Genova Burns Partner and Cannabis Law Practice Co-Chair Charles J. Messina and Associate Daniel Pierre have penned an article that was recently published by The National Cannabis Industry Association entitled "Rolling Out Legal Cannabis in New Jersey – 15 Key Points from the Proposed Law.”
Many are thrilled that the Garden State will finally allow recreational use of cannabis for adults aged 21 years and older. Before recreational use can become legal, however, we have to wait for Trenton to pass a law that will regulate New Jersey’s cannabis marketplace. Determined to get the ball rolling, Senators Nicholas Scutari and Stephen Sweeney recently introduced a 200+ page bill, S-21, to start the process for legalization. Mr. Messina and Mr. Pierre’s article highlights major points from the bill you should know if you’re looking to join this emerging industry. To read further, please click here.
About the Authors
Charles J. Messina is a Partner at Genova Burns LLC and Co-Chairs the Franchise & Distribution, Agriculture and Cannabis Industry Groups. He teaches one of the region’s first Cannabis law school courses and devotes much of his practice to advising canna-businesses as well as litigating various types of matters including complex contract and commercial disputes, insurance and employment defense matters, trademark and franchise issues and professional liability, TCPA and shareholder derivative actions.
Daniel Pierre is an Associate in Genova Burns’ Newark, NJ office and a member of the Cannabis and Labor Law Practice Groups. In addition to labor work, he likewise assists clients in the cannabis industry, from analyzing federal and state laws to ensure regulatory compliance for existing businesses to counseling entrepreneurs on licensing issues.
Genova Burns in the Industry
For over 30 years, Genova Burns has partnered with companies, businesses, trade associations, and government entities, from around the globe, on matters in New Jersey and the greater northeast corridor between New York City and Washington, D.C. We distinguish ourselves with unparalleled responsiveness and provide an array of exceptional legal services across multiple practice areas with the quality expected of big law, but absent the big law economics by embracing technology and offering out of the box problem-solving advice and pragmatic solutions.
Given Genova Burns’ significant experience representing clients in the cannabis, hemp and CBD industries from the earliest stages of development in the region, the firm is uniquely qualified to advise investors, cultivators, processors, distributors, retailers and ancillary businesses.