The pressure is on in the Tristate area in the race to see which will become the 11th state to legalize cannabis in the U.S.
Lacking votes in the state Senate, NJ lawmakers chose to pull the pending legalization bill from a scheduled vote yesterday. Governor Phil Murphy initially requested to see a bill on his desk in the first 100 days of his administration, yet here we are over 334 days later. Criminal record expungement and distribution of tax revenues are just a few of the key issues still under review. While the NJ legislature may revisit legalization in the state budget before the June 30 deadline, it is more likely the vote will wait until after the November election, since all 80 assembly seats are up for re-election.
Similarly, the Connecticut legislature reviewed a legalization bill on Monday, but unlike New Jersey, the bill was approved to advance by the General Law Committee. The Judiciary Committee votes this Thursday. Social equity provisions and priority to communities impacted by the War on Drugs are the key pillars, however advocates continue to push for home grow, delivery, and on-site social consumption licensing. The General Law Committee also approved a separate bill eliminating the medical certification fee and adding opioid use disorder as a qualifying condition to the medical program. Governor Ned Lamont has indicated support for legalization and is expected to sign a final bill.
Contrary to recent news reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo is no longer confident in ending prohibition through the pending budget bill process, he continues to remark that legalization is still very much in negotiations and clarified that he simply removed the revenue from the budget bill. With the April 1 deadline just five days away, all interested parties are descending on Albany for the final full court press. In fact, there will be a press event at the capitol building in Albany today presenting a united coalition of operators, patients, unions, and advocates, striving to end prohibition and create a regulated cannabis market.
Now is the time to start thinking about your legal strategy to launch a business in the Tristate area! Please reach out to a Greenspoon Marder attorney to discuss.
About Greenspoon Marder
Greenspoon Marder is a national full-service business law firm with over 200 attorneys and offices across the United States. We are ranked among
American Lawyer’s Am Law 200, as one of the top law firms in the U.S. since 2015. Our firm was founded with the goal of providing the highest quality legal services at the highest value for our clients. Each of our clients is unique and so are their legal needs. We believe no one size fits all for professional services. Our lawyers offer flexible and creative solutions to meet our clients’ respective needs. Our mission is to understand the challenges our clients face, build collaborative relationships and craft solutions with a focus on strategic goals.
Natalie Villanueva, Director of Marketing
954.333.4308 | email@example.com
This Greenspoon Marder LLP Client Alert is issued for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed or used as general legal advice nor a solicitation of any type. Please contact the author(s) or your Greenspoon Marder LLP contact if you have any questions regarding the currency of this information. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision. Before you decide, ask for written information about the lawyer’s legal qualifications and experience.