Posts from March 2019.

Yesterday the House Financial Services Committee voted 45-15 (with significant bi-partisan support) to advance the SAFE (Secure and Fair Enforcement) Banking Act for a vote before the full House of Representatives, which, if enacted, will enable banks and insurance companies to service state-legal cannabis businesses.

Versions of the
SAFE Act have been introduced since 2013, but this version has 152
co-sponsors.  Because cannabis is federally illegal, most financial
institutions have been reluctant to work with state licensed cannabis
businesses for fear of violating ...

As the NJ
legislature continues to debate the legalization of adult use marijuana, the NJ
Appellate Division has issued an important decision addressing a controversial
topic – the right of employers to discipline employees who use marijuana
outside of work.

In this case,
Wild vs. Carriage Funeral Holdings, a cancer patient, who had been prescribed
medical marijuana and who used the marijuana only after work hours and at home,
was terminated after his employer learned of his medical marijuana use and
inability, therefore, to pass an employer required drug test.  The
employee then ...

Pashman Stein Walder Hayden Attorney Sean Mack quoted in New Jersey State Bar Foundation legal newspaper for kids, “The Legal Eagle,” on marijuana legalization.

“The devil is always in the details. Unlike most states, the draft legislation really gets into the details instead of leaving it to the regulators to draft rules after marijuana is legalized,” says Sean Mack, a Hackensack attorney specializing in unfair business practices resolution who helped prepare New Jersey’s marijuana reform legislation.

“Unfortunately, that also is part of the reason passage of ...

Within the last
24 hours, hopes for the passage of legislation to legalize adult use cannabis
have soared in New Jersey and soured in New York.

Governor Murphy
and state legislative leaders agreed late Monday night on the remaining terms
to for wide ranging cannabis legislation in New Jersey.  No draft bill is
currently available because the details and precise language still needs to be
crafted, but the bill will provide for expedited expungement of criminal
records for minor cannabis offenses, a flat $42 per ounce tax, and allow
municipalities to add up to 3% tax on retail sales.  ...

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