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Cole Schotz creates group focused on cannabis law

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Cole Schotz is the second N.J. firm within a week that has created a Cannabis Law Group.
Cole Schotz is the second N.J. firm within a week that has created a Cannabis Law Group. - ()

Jordan Fisch and Marc Press have been tapped to lead Cole Schotz’s new Cannabis Law Group, based in Hackensack.

Their practice, drawing from experience with the firm’s corporate, real estate, health care, intellectual property, employment and tax practices, will cater to investors and entrepreneurs looking to navigate opportunities within the emerging cannabis industry.

“We know that there are issues under the Controlled Substances Act under federal law, but our mindset here—which is really the firm’s mentality—Is to stay ahead of the curve and be on the forefront of new practice areas,” Fisch said. “Along with cannabis, cryptocurrency comes to mind too. As law develops, we want to be on top of changes and developments.”

Seven members of the Cannabis Law Group will be available to advise clients on regulatory compliance and other issues. Clients are expected to include businesses active in the burgeoning cannabis industry and others needing to stay abreast of the relevant legal issues.

“Many of us were already doing this on an ad hoc basis without a practice group behind us,” explained Fisch. “We took this opportunity to sit down and devote our time and effort to developments in the space in order to provide our clients with the best possible advice we can provide.”

Fisch said members within the practice are already advising clients on a variety of topics, such as the formation of a private investment fund geared toward the cannabis industry and the use of medical marijuana as a leasing issue between landlords and tenants.

“We have a number of clients who are waiting to see what’s going to happen in New Jersey legislation,” he added.

This is the second firm within a week that has created a Cannabis Law Group.

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Gabrielle Saulsbery

Gabrielle Saulsbery

Albany, N.Y. native Gabrielle Saulsbery is a staff writer for NJBIZ and the newest thing in New Jersey. You can contact her at gsaulsbery@njbiz.com.

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