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Last Updated August 2022

The Legal Environment Surrounding The Cannabis Industry

Legal Challenges Unique to Cannabis

The cannabis industry is relatively new, but it has grown exponentially in the past several years. Unfortunately, legislation and many legal aspects impacting the industry are severely lagging behind this growth, so navigating the legal environment around cannabis operations can be very difficult. If you are seeking a license to cultivate, manufacture, distribute and/or dispense cannabis for recreational or medicinal use, you will likely need to consult with an experienced cannabis attorney first. These business activities are not as straightforward as they would be in other industries due to the complex nature arising out of conflicting state and federal legislation, and most business attorneys do not possess the necessary experience in the cannabis industry.

Cannabis Land Use & Licensure

In addition to these industry-wide complexities, there is a wide range of land use and licensing matters for cannabis operations that need to be properly addressed prior to starting any formal operations. Some states have adopted more welcoming policies to promote cannabis industry growth, but the vast majority of states make it difficult to zone a plot of land for any type of cannabis operation.


Navigating Legal Complexities with an Experienced Cannabis Attorney

While the cannabis industry presents unique challenges and legal circumstances that require a high level of expertise to navigate, it also offers bountiful opportunities for individuals and organizations who elect to work with an experienced legal team that is comprised of experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate cannabis attorneys. 

Finding The Right Cannabis Attorney

Finding a Cannabis Attorney Near You

Although the Cannabis industry has boomed over the past several years, there are very few law firms in the United States that specialize in cannabis law, or that have dedicated cannabis attorneys. The challenge in many parts of the country isn't finding the best cannabis attorney, but finding any cannabis attorney nearby at all. At Sanvenero & Cittadino, we recognize the growing need for specialized cannabis lawyers and have formed a specialized team of experienced attorneys who are passionate about the cannabis industry. 


Processes The Top Cannabis Attorneys Will Help You With

To ensure you are hiring the best cannabis attorney for your individual needs, it is important to explain the specifics surrounding your business and your particular set of circumstances. Additionally, it is important to verify that the cannabis law firm you hire is well-versed in all facets of cannabis law and the cannabis industry in general. Some of the processes an experienced cannabis attorney should be able to offer guidance on include, but not limited to:​

  • Navigating the extensive application process for a state license

  • Drafting the application for submission

  • Getting zoning or other land use approvals and permits from local jurisdictions

  • Lobbying with local politicians to assist in the application process

  • Drafting and reviewing of business and financial plans

  • Reviewing standard operating procedures for business development and application purposes

  • Handling business formation needs and obtaining corporate documents

  • Conducting real estate transactions 

  • Drafting employment documents and service agreements 

The best cannabis attorneys will make the entire cannabis licensure process effortless and hands-off for their clients - from the application process, all the way through approval. 

Your Trusted Cannabis Attorneys - Sanvenero & Cittadino​

New Jersey's Premier Cannabis Law Firm

The specialized cannabis lawyers at Sanvenero & Cittadino are proud to serve individuals and organizations in in New Jersey, New York, Florida, and beyond who wish to pursue business operations in the cannabis operations. Our attorneys work with cultivation and growing operations, cannabis distribution entities, cannabis product manufacturing firms, retail cannabis sales organizations, and more. Our team of legal professionals provides counsel and offers various legal services centered around an untenable passion for the cannabis industry.


Speak to Experienced Cannabis Attorneys

If you are interested in learning more about how to get started in the cannabis industry, how to expand your operations,, or how to deal with a specific legal situation, do not hesitate to contact us today. We are New Jersey's cannabis attorney team - serving the tristate area and beyond!

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