New Jersey Cannabis Legal Services

nj cannabis business attorneyOur Cannabis Legal Services attorneys are knowledgeable about the latest regulatory and legal developments related to lawful cannabis-related activities at both the state and federal levels, and are fully prepared to assist clients in meeting their business objectives by providing strategic guidance and legal services on the following legal matters in New Jersey:

Corporate Business

Stark & Stark can assist clients in accomplishing a wide range of business transactions with the understanding that clients looking to enter into and to stay competitive in the cannabis industry must prepare for a wide range of constantly evolving variables. Our knowledgeable attorneys can assist you with all facets of transactional work, including corporate and business entity formation, negotiating and drafting contracts, preparing partnership and operating agreements, structuring of licensing deals, and state license application review.

  • Corporate Formation
  • Partnership & Operating Agreements
  • Contract Negotiation & Drafting
  • Licensing
  • Application Review

Real Estate

Our Commercial Real Estate attorneys, together with our Zoning and Land Use Group and Environmental Regulation Group, seamlessly represent clients through all aspects of a real estate transaction. For our clients in the cannabis industry, this includes preparing and negotiating leases to protect both the landlord and tenant, representing clients before zoning and planning boards, evaluating potential real estate acquisitions for growers, cultivators, and dispensaries, and providing guidance on waste management and disposal.

  • Zoning & Land Use
  • Planning
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Waste Management


Litigation is sometimes necessary and unavoidable. Stark & Stark’s acclaimed trial lawyers have the skills, tact, and experience to vigorously and effectively represent you in a wide variety of legal actions, including appealing adverse state agency decisions and determinations, bringing and defending product liability, personal injury, and property damage claims, litigating with insurance carriers over coverage, enforcing intellectual property rights, and defending against complex RICO claims. As seasoned mediators and arbitrators, our trial lawyers employ winning strategies to secure favorable results keeping in mind the client’s goals, potential exposure, risk temperament, and budget.

  • State Agency Appeals
  • Business Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Defending RICO claims
  • Intellectual Property Infringement

Intellectual Property

With federal trademark registration currently unavailable for cannabis-touching businesses, companies looking to develop formidable brands and to protect their intellectual property rights in a disparate, unpredictable industry need to get creative and seek guidance from creative attorneys who understand the cannabis space and the strategies available for developing and guarding valuable intellectual property. From registration to enforcement to infringement disputes, the IP attorneys at Stark & Stark can handle all of your intellectual property needs.

  • Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Registrations
  • Enforcement, Infringement & Disputes
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Strategic Branding
  • Trade Secrets

Regulatory Compliance

Businesses looking to break into the cannabis industry and to remain competitive must be very mindful to follow and comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Our priority is to provide our clients with up to date regulatory compliance services concerning state licensing requirements, FDA regulations and enforcement, FDCA requirements and prohibitions, Industrial Hemp Farm Bill protections, and product labeling and advertising.

  • Compliance with State Licensing Regulations
  • FDA, FDCA, & Industrial Hemp Farm Bill Compliance
  • Product Labeling and Advertising


As New Jersey continues to examine marijuana legalization, questions remain with what to do with the multitude of people who have been convicted of marijuana crimes in the state. Stark & Stark’s Criminal Defense practice works tirelessly with our clients to pursue expungement petitions to remove and purge a client’s prior contact with the Criminal Justice System in the State of New Jersey.

  • Record Expungement
  • Criminal Defense

The legalization of cannabis for medical purposes and recreational use has been expanding rapidly across the United States, creating a variety of opportunities and risks in its wake. While the consumption of marijuana remains prohibited at the federal level, businesses in this emerging industry face unique issues and challenges requiring legal and strategic guidance.

As New Jersey expands its existing legal medical marijuana program and looks to pave the way for adult use legalization through smart legislation and regulation, Stark & Stark’s Cannabis Legal Services practice has been established to meet the needs of individuals, professionals, businesses, and partnerships entering or participating in the burgeoning cannabis industries in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Contact a Cannabis Business Lawyer in New Jersey

As a full service law firm specializing in providing Big Law work product at small firm rates, our New Jersey marijuana business attorneys are able to provide the flexibility, efficiency, and timely results cannabis clients need in this dynamic legal landscape. With its extensive network of business, municipal, and government leadership connections throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania and its experience helping highly regulated businesses succeed and overcome legal challenges, Stark & Stark can help you obtain local government approval for your business, secure promising real estate and leaseholds, identify and prevent potential legal hurdles, apply for a state license, navigate the complicated web of state compliance regulations, protect your intellectual property, and strategically maneuver around tax, banking, and insurance pitfalls.

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The possession, sale, manufacture, use or distribution of marijuana is illegal under federal law, which could result in severe financial and criminal penalties. The legalization of marijuana under any state or local law does not override the federal law. No legal advice we give is intended to provide any guidance or assistance in violating federal law. Any legal work or advice the firm may provide related to contracts, financing, leasing, the formation of business entities, dispute resolution or any other legal work that a business may require shall not be construed as advising or encouraging a client to engage in a business or activity that violates any federal or state law.

Multiple locations to better serve your needs—

Princeton, NJ

993 Lenox Dr, Building 2
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: 609.896.9060
Secondary phone: 800.535.3425
Fax: 609.896.0629
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Marlton, NJ

40 Lake Center, 401 NJ-73, Suite 130
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: 856.874.4443
Secondary phone: 888.241.7424
Fax: 856.874.0133
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Yardley, PA

777 Township Line Road, Suite 120
Yardley, PA 19067
Phone: 267.907.9600
Fax: 267.907.9659
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New York, NY

5 Pennsylvania Plaza 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 800.535.3425
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Philadelphia, PA

The Bellevue 200 S Broad St #600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 267.907.9600
Secondary phone: 800.535.3425
Fax: 215.564.6245
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Bridgeton, NJ

78 W Broad St
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: 856.874.4443
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