Cannabis Business Law

Shapiro, Croland, Reiser, Apfel & Di Iorio, LLP is on the cutting edge of the fast developing area of cannabis business law. Eric Reiser — chair of the firm’s Cannabis Group — represents clients applying for adult-use and medical cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary cannabis licenses and all other aspects of the cannabis industry including contractual matters and litigation.  Of note, Eric represented a Canadian company in a theft of trade secret lawsuit filed against a white label Exchange Traded Fund (“ETF”) provider in New Jersey, seeking temporary restraints and a preliminary injunction enjoining the provider from proceeding with their Medical Cannabis themed ETF before the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Our firm can assist clients in the cannabis industry in the following ways:

Medical and Adult-use Cannabis Business Formation and Operation

Our lawyers provide comprehensive and experienced legal counsel to cannabis businesses in all aspects of their formation and ongoing operation. As general counsel, we are equipped to provide our clients legal guidance on how to form and maintain proper medical cannabis business entities in compliance with state and local law and relevant guidelines, and plan for adult-use licenses; obtain licensure and permitting; stay current and compliant with state law and local ordinances; identify, assess, and manage risks; and maneuver expertly through any dispute or controversy they may face.

Cannabis Licensing, Permitting and Regulatory Compliance

Our attorneys provide state and local permitting and licensing expertise for adult-use and medical cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, delivery services and labs. By understanding the complexities of New Jersey’s licensure procedures, we are able to aggressively guide clients towards establishing cannabis businesses and maintaining positive relationships with state and local governments and regulators.

General Business and Corporate Counseling

At Shapiro & Croland, we represent a dynamic and diverse group of entities from a variety of industries in all aspects of their business formation, regulation, operation, expansion, and dissolution.  We are a full service firm providing counsel to our clients in all essential business transactions, such as entity formation (including limited liability companies and partnerships), corporate governance matters, loan agreements and financing arrangements, licensing and lease agreements. In addition, we provide counsel on the full range of business and corporate law matters.

Cannabis Business Litigation New Jersey

The cannabis industry presents unique legal challenges that our firm is poised to handle when those challenges result in litigation.  Whether it be theft of trade secrets, partnership disputes, real estate matters, disputes between cannabis businesses and local governments over zoning requirements, employment laws, cannabis product labeling requirements, branding and intellectual property protections, commercial licensing agreements, vendor and ancillary business contracts, or advertising and marketing regulations, our firm is equipped to handle your cannabis business litigation needs.

Contact Eric D. Reiser to schedule an appointment to discuss your cannabis business venture or litigation matter.


Firm Disclaimer: Please note that using, processing, distributing and/or selling marijuana is illegal under federal law, regardless of any state law. While federal enforcement policy may defer to states’ laws and chose not to enforce conflicting federal laws, businesses and individuals should be aware that compliance with state law does not assure compliance with federal law. Federal laws may be enforced in the future. No legal advice given by Shapiro, Croland, Reiser, Apfel & Di Iorio, LLP is intended to provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law.


For further information on this topic or to discuss your case, please contact Eric D. Reiser.