New Jersey Cannabis at a Crossroads: Navigating Complex Regulatory, Business, and Legal Issues
New Jersey is on the precipice of major changes to how it treats cannabis. One such change relates to the much-anticipated and dramatic expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program and another relates to proposed legislation to legalize adult use of marijuana in the Garden State. This complimentary symposium, “New Jersey Cannabis at a Crossroads: Navigating Complex Regulatory, Business, and Legal Issues,” will feature speakers from a diverse set of disciplines, and will offer a little something for everyone, from cannabis industry executives to patients, from lawyers to regulators, from employees to employers, and many others in between. In light of Gov. Murphy’s recently-announced marijuana program expansion plans, the Garden State has quickly come into focus for regional and national players, alike.
The symposium will feature several panel discussions with speakers from Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association, the Business of Cannabis, as well as cannabis business executives. The speakers will address a variety of regulatory, business and legal issues that are unique to the cannabis space. Topics covered will include:
- A legal primer on the federal and state landscapes of cannabis regulation;
- Best practices for raising capital for and structuring your cannabis business;
- Issues and uncertainties that cannabis regulations at the state level have caused for employers;
- Impact of the Executive Order 6 Report, pending legislation regarding adult use, and social justice reform; and
- Lessons learned from leading cannabis operators in North America on their successes and challenges, and what it takes to operate a successful cannabis business.
In addition to the topics above, we will hear from a keynote speaker on New Jersey’s plans in the cannabis space.
For questions, please contact Mary Brightman at 215.972.7773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel 1: Navigating the Complexities of Cannabis Regulation: This panel will offer a legal primer on the conflicting federal and state laws in the cannabis space. While the conversation will address state laws generally, it will present a deeper discussion of New Jersey laws and regulations, specifically. Moderated by Jonathan Havens
Panel 2: New Jersey’s Cannabis Laws: What’s on the Books and What’s on the Horizon?: This panel will include an informal discussion regarding how the Executive Order 6 Report changes are affecting the program and enrollment, as well as proposed changes and the role of the Department of Health in this process. Moderated by Ruth Rauls
Panel 3: Business Matters- How to Form, Fund, and Plan a Cannabis Business: This panel will discuss best practices in structuring a cannabis business to operate and raise money (if necessary). Moderated by Adam Fayne
Panel 4: Technology Panel with Industry Leaders: This panel will focus on compliance, track and trace, vaporizer technologies, delivery, packaging and labeling, POS and banking. Moderated by Kara Scarboro
Panel 5: HR and Cannabis- Hiring, Firing, Drug Testing: This panel will discuss the issues and uncertainties that cannabis regulations at the state level have caused for employers, including providing reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, drug testing and conditional job offers. Lead by Ruth Rauls and Dena Calo
Panel 6: Public Health & Safety, Social Justice and Law Enforcement: This panel will focus on public health and safety concerns, e.g., crime, impaired driving, diversion, children; and social justice issues implicated by cannabis legalization, e.g., clemency, expungement, diversity and economic inclusion. Moderated by Nancy DePodesta
Panel 7: How it Works: A Discussion with Operators: Hear from leading cannabis operators in North America on their successes and challenges, and what it takes to operate a successful cannabis business. Moderated by Adam Fayne
Advance registration is required.