Cannabis Law Update

Posted on March 23rd, 2022

Excellence in Cannabis Law – NJCannabis Insider 2022 Business Awards

After enduring two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, states have begun dropping their most stringent restrictions and in-person events are slowly returning to the cannabis industry. On June 9, 2022, NJ Cannabis Insider will host New Jersey’s first-ever cannabis business awards gala at the Carteret Performing Arts Center. Businesses including Ansell Grimm & Aaron, have been nominated for their achievements in the field of law, social equity, building, innovation, and consultancy. Voting is open until March 31 at 11:59PM, and votes can be submitted once per day, per email address. The ballot can be found here. Please consider voting for us!



Social Equity in the Municipal Landscape

NJ Bankruptcy AttorneyJoshua Bauchner, a Partner serving as both Co-Chair of the Litigation Department and head of the Cannabis Law Practice group, was featured in a March 15, 2022 article for Law360 that discusses the challenges faced by social equity applicants as they navigate the patchwork of Municipal regulations across New Jersey. The article sheds light on how various aspects of the municipal approval process are incompatible with CREAMMA’s social equity goals and explores how the two might be brought into alignment. A copy of the article can be found here.



Athletes in Cannabis Regional Tradeshow

The Athletes in Cannabis NY/NJ Regional Tradeshow will be held May 6 – 7, 2022 at the Hilton Newark Airport. During this conference, there will be opportunities to meet with retired members of the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB, as well as growers, suppliers, retailers and more within t he hemp, medical, and adult-use cannabis spaces. There will also be an opportunity to hear from Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s very own, Joshua Bauchner. In addition to the two day conference, a networking soiree will be held at the end of the day on May 6th. Tickets for the event can be found here




4th Annual Cannabis Symposium

On April 28, 2022, the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee will host its 4th Annual Cannabis Symposium. The Program will be moderated by Joshua Bauchner of Ansell Grimm & Aaron and Michael Schaff of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear from industry leaders on all things legal within New Jersey’s cannabis industry. Topics will include capital markets, labor & employment, hemp, and social equity solutions amongst other things. You will also hear from Chairwoman Dianna Houenou and Chief Counsel Christopher Riggs of New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission. You can register to attend the symposium in person here or via webcast here

CBA Cannabis Law Section Appointments

Attorney Zachary Windham, of Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Cannabis Law Practice group, will take on the role of Chair for the Colorado Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Section. The CBA’s Cannabis Law Section was one of the first in the country, as Colorado was and is a leader in the cannabis space nationally, both in terms of industry participants and regulatory developments.





Cannabis Regulatory Commission Public Meeting

On Thursday March 24, 2022 at 1:00PM, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting open to the public. At the meeting the Commission will consider delegating authority for orders to recall or destroy adult-use cannabis items or medicinal cannabis items, as well as for certain applications for facility modifications. The Commission will also consider applications for an adult-use conditional license. On the medical side, the Commission will also consider reissuance of a 2019 RFA award for a medicinal dispensary permit and expanded ATC certifications. The link to attend the meeting can be found here. Attendees can register to speak before 9:00AM on March 24th here.