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Meet the New Members of the Brach Eichler Expands Cannabis Practice, Joining Charles X Gormally and Other Attorneys

Charles X Gormally and Law Firm Welcome Aboard Attorneys to Push Cannabis Law Forward in New Jersey

 

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Law office Brach Eichler in Roseland, New Jersey has added two new attorneys to its existing cannabis practice, highlighting the importance of cannabis law to the firm.

 

“We anticipate an expanded medical marijuana bill to pass soon in New Jersey,” said Charles X Gormally, who is the chair of the litigation practice and co-chair of the cannabis practice. “Because of this, we have chosen to add more manpower to our cannabis practice and believe it will strengthen us greatly.”

 

The first attorney who has been added to the cannabis practice has been at Brach Eichler since 1998. Matthew M. Collins works as the chair of the labor and employment practice at the law firm. This labor and employment experience will prove invaluable to the cannabis practice, Charles X Gormally said, as it proves to be a unique challenge for cannabis legalization.

 

Matthew M. Collins represents clients in federal and state courts, in arbitrations and before administrative agencies, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and the New Jersey Department of Labor.

 

The other attorney who is joining the cannabis practice is Susan R. Rubright, who became part of the Brach Eichler team in 2005. She practices environmental law and real estate law and her clients have included pharmacies and medical providers, as well as retail centers.

 

Susan R. Rubright understands the redevelopment process from many angles, as she has worked with redevelopers, represented a planning board and sought the removal of properties from inclusion in a redevelopment area.

 

“Matthew Collins and Susan Rubright both have an experience that is highly valuable to working on the cannabis practice,” Charles X Gormally said. “The cannabis business has opportunities in real estate and land use regulation, taxation, labor and employment and more, so these lawyers will be a great asset as New Jersey gets closer to legalizing marijuana.”

 

The cannabis law practice at Brach Eichler now has eight members, who are “uniquely qualified to navigate complicated and highly regulated marketplaces,” according to its website, while also providing practical guidance to entrepreneurs in the cannabis field.

 

Brach Eichler was founded in 1967 and was ranked Best Law Firms of 2019 by U.S. News and in Chambers USA 2019. Brach Eichler has 79 attorneys in total and the firm is a pioneer in health care and real estate law.

More information about Charles X Gormally and the cannabis practice at Brach Eichler, including a new cannabis video series, can be found at bracheichler.com/practices/cannabis-law.

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Brach Eichler Expands Cannabis Practice to Meet Important Need in New Jersey, Says Charles X Gormally

Attorney Charles X Gormally Says Two New Attorneys Will Help Cannabis Practice Flourish

Brach Eichler LLC, a legal practice in Roseland, New Jersey, just announced that it has added an additional two members to its cannabis practice.

“We anticipate an expanded medical marijuana bill to pass soon in New Jersey,” said Charles X Gormally, chair of the litigation practice and co-chair of the cannabis practice. “Because of this, we have chosen to add more manpower to our cannabis practice and believe it will strengthen us greatly.”

Matthew M. Collins, who has been a member at Brach Eichler since 1998, and Susan R. Rubright, who has been a member since 2005, were both added to the cannabis practice because of their years of impressive work and relevant experience, Charles X Gormally said.

“Mark’s labor and employment and Susan’s real estate knowledge will help us respond more comprehensively to the needs of our Cannabis Practice clients,” John D. Fanburg, managing member and co-chair of the cannabis practice, said. “Medical marijuana is still an emerging industry for New Jersey, and we want to provide our clients with creative solutions that will come from utilizing team members with varying backgrounds.”

Matthew M. Collins is the chair of the labor and employment practice at Brach Eichler. He has years of experience providing strategic counsel to clients on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, discipline, layoffs and more. He has been named a New Jersey Super Lawyer from 2017-2019.

Susan R. Rubright practices in the areas of environmental law and land use and real estate law in addition to cannabis law. She has experience working with commercial developers and individuals attempting to receive development approval. Her clients have included home builders, pharmacy stores, retail centers and medical providers.

The cannabis law practice at Brach Eichler, co-chaired by Charles X Gormally, now has eight members. According to Charles X Gormally, New Jersey grows closer every day to a regulated, adult-use cannabis marketplace. Cannabis business in New Jersey presents challenges and opportunities in baking and taxation, real estate and land use regulation, healthcare and medical testing, food production, farming, packaging and tourism.

Because of the questions cannabis legalization will lead to legal questions in so many areas, Charles X Gormally said the law firm feels it is crucial to have a strong team of thought leaders who are qualified to navigated the cannabis marketplace and provide thorough guidance to those who wish to participate in the cannabis business.

“Almost every week there’s new medical marijuana legislation proposed with the newest permutation touching both criminal and employment law issues for those looking for expungement for crimes that would no longer be considered illegal,” Charles X Gormally said. “It shows how important it is to have a balanced integrated practice that encompasses many different expertise so that our clients can address potential issues from any angle with equal effectiveness.”
More information about Charles X Gormally and the cannabis practice at Brach Eichler can be found at bracheichler.com/practices/cannabis-law. The firm’s cannabis law blog can be found at this address as well, which includes insights from Charles X Gormally.

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Sessions’ stance on cannabis ‘fraught with legal contradictions,’ says attorney Charles X Gormally

Cannabis attorney Charles X Gormally on studying cannabis regulation in New Jersey

Cannabis regulation possibilities are being closely studied in New Jersey, and advocates for careful legalization like Charles X Gormally, attorney at the law firm Brach Eichler, are hoping cannabis regulation will move forward.

President Donald Trump’s Attorney General is considering diverting resources from other justice department priorities and focusing them toward shutting down cannabis shops, Charles X Gormally explained.

This decision would go against many states who have been expanding marijuana legalization and are collecting cannabis tax revenue. Charles X Gormally is hopeful that New Jersey will be one of the next states to legalize recreational cannabis use. He said Sessions’ stance on closing down pot shops is “fraught with legal contradictions” and is more likely to be a symbolic gesture than a practical one.
“There is not enough prosecutorial energy or funding to pursue the industry at this point, and Congress will never provide the resources, so at this point no Attorney General would be able to put those 29 genies back in their bottles,” said John Fanburg, a fellow attorney with Charles X Gormally at Brach Eichler.
According to a Forbes article (https://www.forbes.com/sites/julieweed/2018/01/13/will-trump-will-divert-funds-from-anti-terrorism-to-close-pot-shops-cannabis-ceos-hope-not/#3d48328945c8), many cannabis company CEOs are in agreement with Charles X Gormally.

Charles X Gormally specializes in cannabis law, and is the co-chair of Cannabis Law. He has long been an advocate of medical cannabis programs and creating a regulated cannabis marketplace in New Jersey. Charles X Gormally believes that New Jersey would benefit from adult-use cannabis in the marketplace and that it would be a needed financial boost to New Jersey and municipalities.

In a recent op-ed for NJ Biz, Charles X Gormally wrote, “ Given how the population’s view has coalesced, with the majority of New Jersey residents favoring the end of cannabis prohibition, we continue to be baffled by the Legislature’s inability to deliver what the people want. Indeed, we are disappointed, but we do have a glimmer of hope that the lame duck session this year will allow the Legislature to act as it has so many times before, in cowardice, passing a bill whose controversy is of its own making under the cover of darkness and with a long run-up to the next election.”
For additional information about Brach Eichler’s Cannabis Law Practice, contact Charles X Gormally, member co-chair, at (973) 403-3111.

Since its founding in 1967, Brach Eichler’s Cannabis Law Practice has been a trusted, practice that establishes personal relationships with its clients, rendering advice that is business-savvy and creative, yet practical. Charles X Gormally is the Chair of the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Employment Services Practice Group. The New Jersey Supreme Court has acknowledged his commitment as a trial attorney by designating him as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

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Charles X Gormally Shares Advice for Would-be Cannabis Business Owners in New Jersey

Tips on Having a Successful Cannabis Business From Attorney Charles X Gormally

 

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It is expected that New Jersey will soon take off as a leader in cannabis sales and that the industry will begin to grow in the Garden State. However, the cannabis industry will be complicated because it is still classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Because of this classification, it can be difficult and expensive to find bank financing, according to attorney Charles X Gormally.

 

Not only can banks be a barrier to the cannabis industry, but local laws that ban cannabis facilities in town are another obstacle since it can be a challenge for businesses to find a place to open their business.

 

“When counseling clients interested in the cannabis space, we emphasize the importance of forming relationships with reliable support team members,” said Charles X Gormally, co-chair of cannabis law practice Brach Eichler LLC.  

 

Charles X Gormally said that a successful cannabis business participant must ensure they make strong, professional relationships. Having this network is key to having a successful cannabis business. Relationships should be formed across a wide range of specialties, including accounting, taxation, real estate, land use, banking, environmental law, medical research, and security. These relationships will prove invaluable to beginning a cannabis business in New Jersey and sustaining it, as well as to “have access to the expertise necessary to produce and process cannabis products,” according to Charles X Gormally.

 

The Cannabis Practice Group works as a team to equip the client with a broad range of required legal services while assisting the clients in formalizing its professional relationships with partners, vendors, and suppliers.

 

“The overarching goal of the Group is to position clients for success by assuring that the client will be compliant with all of the requirements of state law while keeping the client cognizant that conducting business in this area currently remains a violation of federal law,” Charles X Gormally said.

 

For additional information about Brach Eichler’s Cannabis Law Practice, contact Charles X Gormally, member co-chair, at (973) 403-3111.

 

Since its founding in 1967, Brach Eichler’s Cannabis Law Practice has been a trusted, practice that establishes personal relationships with its clients, rendering advice that is business-savvy and creative, yet practical. Charles X Gormally is the Chair of the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Employment Services Practice Group. The New Jersey Supreme Court has acknowledged his commitment as a trial attorney by designating him as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

Attorney Charles X Gormally Weighs in on Cancelled Marijuana Legalization Legislation

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New Jersey Missed Opportunity to ‘Capture and Benefit Financially’ from Recreational Marijuana Legalization, Says Attorney Charles X Gormally

Pursuing legalized recreational marijuana use is still ongoing, Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey legislative leaders said, and New Jersey still has an opportunity to usher in the recreational marijuana industry to the state.

Even though the cancellation of the vote to legalize recreational marijuana may slow things down, attorney Charles X Gormally of Brach Eichler said he has not lost hope. New Jersey’s neighbors, Pennsylvania and New York, are working toward recreational marijuana legalization as well, however, so New Jersey may have missed its opportunity to be a leader, said Charles X Gormally. Charles X Gormally has been part of the cannabis discussion for a decade, representing medical cannabis clients since 2009.

New Jersey will also suffer from the loss of revenue, as $60 million was estimated in Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal for 2020.

“Our state has lost the momentum that the Garden State had created,” said Charles X Gormally in a statement, since New York and Pennsylvania are expected to legalize recreational marijuana in the future. “It is now unlikely that New Jersey can be the first to create the adult-use marketplace in the region and, with it, its ability to capture and benefit financially from this new business model.”

“Sadly, this also means that New Jersey will not benefit from thousands of jobs that this new business would have created in New Jersey; the stimulation of local real estate markets in undesirable business locations, which are fertile ground for cannabis business; and, of course, the millions of dollars of sorely needed tax revenue for the state and for municipalities,” Charles X Gormally said.

However, in a silver lining, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said the bill proved a willingness to work together. “I’ve been in the Legislature for a few years now, and there is not a bill I spent more time on, personally, in meetings with the governor and the sponsors, than this bill,” he said. “It showed that the three of us do know how to work together, and we do work together.”

For additional information about Brach Eichler’s Cannabis Law Practice, contact Charles X Gormally, member co-chair, at (973) 403-3111.

Since its founding in 1967, Brach Eichler’s Cannabis Law Practice has been a trusted, practice that establishes personal relationships with its clients, rendering advice that is business-savvy and creative, yet practical. Charles X Gormally is the Chair of the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Employment Services Practice Group. The New Jersey Supreme Court has acknowledged his commitment as a trial attorney by designating him as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

Cannabis Law Practice’s Charles X Gormally Gives Impressions on Cannabis Legislation

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New Jersey Cannabis Legislation Dissected by Charles X Gormally of Brach Eichler’s Cannabis Law Practice

After reviewing the proposed adult-use cannabis legislation on March 12, 2019, Co-Chair Cannabis Practice Group Charles X Gormally of Brach Eichler’s Cannabis Law Practice has several thoughts on the bill. He and his colleague John Fanburg have compiled these thoughts to help better understand and make sense of the bill. Charles X Gormally has been part of the cannabis discussion for a decade, representing medical cannabis clients since 2009.

1. The key obstacle to previous versions of the adult-use cannabis bill was urban legislators, who did not feel there was enough attention on social and economic justice issues. The current bill provides encouragement if minority- and women-owned businesses. However, Charles X Gormally said creating micro-markets is unrealistic. The bill doesn’t limit the number of licenses, perhaps in an attempt to make their value low enough to attract entrepreneurs, Charles X Gormally said.

2. New Jersey needs to address the great disparity of arrests of minority offenders, but despite the bill’s innovative expungement system, law enforcement and the courts could not deal with the burdens outlined in the current legislation.

3.The bill includes consumption lounges as part of each retail operator, Charles X Gormally pointed out. They will be separate from, but connected to, a retail operation. But this linkage will cause towns to not want to allow the business in that town. According to Charles X Gormally, a better practice would be to allow the market to develop first and add consumption spots later. This would demonstrate that cannabis can exist peacefully in New Jersey.

4. The warm dynamic between legislative leaders and the administration surrounding the budget has had a great influence on cannabis. With a $100 million revenue line in the budget from cannabis activities, there is no doubt the budget dialogue requires an expedited solution to the cannabis issue.

5. No farmland assessed property can be used and any real estate involved in cannabis cannot be part of a government enterprise or tax credit zone. Clearly, Charles X Gormally stated, the intention is to attempt to not mingle cannabis with any other programs. This is also why cannabis has its own separate bureaucracy.

6. The agreement on a five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission suggests movement on both sides, Charles X Gormally said. This indicates that the legislature understands cannabis regulation to be the role of the administration. It also shows that the administration understands that the Department of Health is not equipped to absorb this new regime, as it requires a specialized platform for practical and philosophical reasons.

7. There is a robust delivery service that is adjunct to the retail location. This will be a hot area and business could see an efficient, organized provider offering this service to retailers and making a significant profit, Charles X Gormally said. Retailers can create websites to order and have the delivery effectuated by the service.

8. With a lack of criteria on testing, the lab business will not materialize, especially given its high capital barrier to entry.

For additional information about Brach Eichler’s Cannabis Law Practice, contact Charles X Gormally, member co-chair, at (973) 403-3111.