Flaster Greenberg, a full-service commercial law firm, announced today the launch of its Cannabis Law Practice Group in response to proposed legislation to expand marijuana business opportunities in New Jersey by Governor Phil Murphy. The Cannabis Law Group, whose members operate out of the firm’s Cherry Hill, NJ headquarters, was formed in an effort to accommodate the growing interest in future opportunities presented by New Jersey’s emerging cannabis industry. The lawyers in this group are already guiding clients through this fast-growing and sensitive industry, advising on the federal and state regulation of cannabis and other aspects of the industry, including employment and personnel concerns, capital formation, tax, and intellectual property.

“For the past eight years, the firm’s labor and employment attorneys have been at the forefront of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program as these laws were enacted and employers were faced with addressing changing needs within the workplace,” said Adam Gersh, Labor & Employment Shareholder and member of the Cannabis Law Group at Flaster Greenberg. “With the state recently expanding its medical marijuana program and broader legalization on the horizon, we have assembled a multidisciplinary team of attorneys to help steer clients through these uncharted waters, guide entrepreneurs in capitalizing on new opportunities, and answer questions for existing and future clients with operations in New Jersey.”

Comprised of attorneys who have decades of experience in counseling clients and entrepreneurs on various legal and regulatory issues, the 11 member cannabis team consists of lawyers within the firm’s Corporate, Tax, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Insurance, IP and Employment Groups who bring to the table their collective and individual experiences and stand ready to aid our clients as they navigate through an industry with varying degrees of complex and conflicting regulations from local, state and federal governments. The team will provide comprehensive legal counsel in all aspects of the cannabis industry including business startup considerations and tax implications, capital formation, financing, real estate and land use considerations, environmental issues, workplace considerations, insurance coverage issues, IP and more.

“With New Jersey poised to become the most populous state in the Northeastern United States to legalize cannabis for recreational use, the potential Garden State market along with the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas represents a tremendous opportunity to our clients, future and existing,” said Georgee Thevervelil, member of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group. “The diverse mix of attorneys in our Cannabis Law Practice Group have the multi-faceted experience to assist any client, large or small, in the cannabis industry to take advantage of this daunting but lucrative untapped market.”

Individually and collectively, Flaster Greenberg attorneys have been recognized for excellence by clients, peers in the legal community, business and industry groups and by numerous civic, cultural and nonprofit organizations. Flaster Greenberg has been named by The National Law Journal as one of only 20 law firms nationwide on its ‘Midsize Hot List,’ recognizing outstanding firms in the 50 to 150 lawyer range “that in no way are stuck in the shadows cast by giant competitors” and that have demonstrated creative, innovative strategies to stay competitive.

For more information, visit the Cannabis Law Group pages on our website.