Chirali V. Patel Quoted on NJ.com Regarding NJ Cannabis Licensing Process


Chirali V. Patel, associate at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was quoted in the nj.com article, “Black businesses feel shafted as N.J. gets set to choose who can grow and sell weed legally.” The article discusses issues arising in connection with the licensing process in New Jersey, including questions as to whether Black and Hispanic owned businesses are being represented in the most lucrative licenses, including cultivation licenses, as well as the high application fees that some municipalities charge.

“The whole industry is a free for all basically, no one’s being held accountable,” said Chirali Patel, a cannabis attorney for Pashman Stein Walder Hayden and founder of cannabis education platform Blaze Responsibly.

“There’s issues with people getting ripped off completely,” she said.

Patel pointed to the commission’s working groups tackling issues of small business support and social equity as good initiatives, but something that should be in place beforehand.

“Why not get that up and running first so that people actually have a shot,” she said.

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