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    CJ Griffin is the director of the Justice Gary S. Stein Public Interest Center at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden (Stein Public Interest Center). Established in 2019, the Stein Public Interest Center is dedicated to a broad range of ...

Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C. attorney CJ Griffin has been included on the “250 Cannabis Law Experts” list published by the DataBird Research Journal. DataBird uses machine intelligence to identify leaders in various market segments. Cannabis Law Experts are selected by invitation only and the list is compiled to recognize 250 individuals “that are shaping this fast-growing space.” The entire list is available here.

CJ has earned a reputation in the State as one of the leading attorneys representing media companies, non-profit organizations, and citizens in Open ...

A recent poll by Quinnipiac University found that while approximately 62% of New Jersey residents are in favor of fully legalizing marijuana, only roughly 50% want it to be sold within their towns. 45% affirmatively said they do not want it in their towns. So far, at least 30 towns in New Jersey have passed laws to ban cannabis businesses.

What does this mean for the cannabis industry? Obviously, those wanting to pursue medical or adult-use cannabis licenses in the future need to pay close attention to what is occurring at the local government level. Building relationships with ...

Currently, there are six alternative treatment centers (aka medical marijuana dispensaries) in New Jersey, but that number is soon to double. On July 16, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Health Division of Medicinal Marijuana issued a Request for Applications for up to six more medical dispensaries. The six licenses will be divided evenly throughout the state: two in the northern region, two in central region, and two in the southern region.

Importantly, while all current medical marijuana licensees are required to be non-profit corporations, the six new licenses can be ...

Until now, New Jersey’s strategy for marijuana legalization has been to address medical marijuana separately from recreational marijuana. Thus, as we have previously reported, Governor Murphy and the Department of Health have been working to rapidly expand the medical program, while the Legislature separately hashes out legislation on full legalization.

Now, a new approach has emerged. Senator Scutari, a legislative leader in the legalization movement, has introduced the “New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Act,” which will tackle both medical and recreational ...

It is well known that New Jersey’s medical marijuana program was significantly hindered by Governor Christie. Since taking office, Governor Murphy has sought to significantly expand the program by expanding the list of qualifying medical conditions, significantly cutting the registration fees for patients, and expanding the number of doctors who can prescribe medical marijuana. The State even launched a new program that allows patients and doctors to register with the medical marijuana program through their mobile devices.

Governor’s Murphy’s efforts have paid ...


Registration For The Twelfth National Clinical Conference On Cannabis Therapeutics

Pashman Stein Walder Hayden Attorneys Alan Silber, CJ Griffin and Ronny Jo Siegal are set to present on in Jersey City on May 10th at The Twelfth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics hosted by Patients Out of Time.

The Pre-Conference Policy Workshop: Medical Cannabis in the States of Confusion is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, immediately prior to the conference. Patients Out of Time will offer a policy seminar featuring experts in law, science, and policies. This ...

While there are many social justice benefits to legalizing recreational cannabis, the economic benefits cannot be overlooked. Studies show that Washington and Oregon had 22,952 and 11,295 full-time cannabis jobs, respectively. This is obviously a huge benefit to any economy, as nationwide it is estimated that the cannabis industry worth $10 billion dollars a year. Estimates suggest that New Jersey’s cannabis industry could easily be worth $1 billion per a year, which will reap considerable tax benefits for the state.

NJ Advance Media recently sent a reporter to Oregon and ...

A recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson showed than 68 percent of New Jerseyans favor changing the State’s marijuana laws, but when those numbers are broken down only 42 percent favor full legalization while 26 percent favor mere decriminalization.

This is where public education is necessary. Those 26 percent of people who favor decriminalization probably feel that way because they do not like the racial disparities that exist in the criminal enforcement of marijuana or how too many people are sitting in prison for marijuana convictions. The mere decriminalization of marijuana ...

PSWH Partner CJ Griffin was interviewed by CNN Money about whether employers must accommodate medical marijuana users in New Jersey. To read more, visit: http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/09/news/economy/fired-for-smoking-weed/index.html

PSWH Partner CJ Griffin appeared on The Small Business Advocate to discuss how New Jersey employers should handle employees who might use legal marijuana. You can listen to Griffin’s interview here: https://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com/small-business-interviews/c-j--griffin-15130

PSWH Partner CJ Griffin appeared on WTAC-AM with Burt Baron to discuss how New Jersey’s new medical marijuana law might impact New Jersey employers.  

PSWH Partner CJ Griffin wrote an op-ed for New Jersey News Room regarding the potential impact that medical marijuana legalization could have on New Jersey employers. You can read the full article here

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