Our Industries

Cannabis

The Cannabis Industry

Across the United States, medical and recreational marijuana programs are being allowed by state laws and regulations. In response, local governments are passing ordinances and rules to either encourage or limit the presence of the cannabis industry in their localities. As New Jersey moves toward expanding its medical marijuana program and seeks to legalize recreational marijuana through the legislative process, Sills Cummis & Gross is at the forefront of this new industry.

Our History and Our Experience

Sills Cummis & Gross is no stranger to the dawn of a newly regulated industry in New Jersey. As one of a few law firms involved at the outset of the legalization of gambling in New Jersey, we understand the political, business and legal challenges clients will face. In that spirit, we work both to understand the regulatory framework and to guide our clients to maximize the benefits and protections available under existing and proposed laws and regulations.  

Our Cannabis Industry Practice Group, first formed in 2015, is on the cutting edge of this rapidly evolving area. Having represented clients in cannabis-related transactions in New Jersey, Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Maryland, we are well-versed in the industry and the associated laws and regulations. One member of our Cannabis Industry Practice Group serves as general counsel to the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association.

Our clients include operators in the cannabis industry, consultants and advisors to the cannabis industry, investors, owners of property where cannabis-related facilities are proposed and others seeking to do business with cannabis-related entrepreneurs.

Our Team

Our multi-disciplinary team understands the complex political, legal and business issues impacting companies operating in this industry. Our Practice Group is designed to provide a broad range of skills and experience to those already in, and those seeking to enter, the cannabis industry. 

Areas of Experience

  • Corporate and Commercial Transactions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Formation and Business Licensing
  • Fund Formation and Investment Management
  • State Licensing
  • Branding and Intellectual Property Protections
  • Commercial Licensing Agreements
  • Real Estate Law, including Zoning and Land Use 
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation and Insolvency
  • Secured Creditor Issues
  • Employment Law
  • State and Local Tax Law     

For more information, view our Cannabis Practice.


Possessing, using, manufacturing, distributing, and/or selling/dispensing cannabis or cannabis-based products is illegal under federal law, regardless of any state law that may legalize or decriminalize such activity under certain circumstances. Although federal enforcement policy may at times defer to states' laws and not enforce conflicting federal laws, you should be aware that compliance with state law in no way assures compliance with federal law, and there is a risk that conflicting federal laws may be enforced currently and in the future. No legal advice we give is intended to provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law.