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Cannabis Law

The anticipated legalization of cannabis businesses in New Jersey presents a great deal of opportunity. However, the cannabis industry presents unique and difficult challenges. Whether you or your business are interested in learning more about starting a cannabis related business or a business that will support the cannabis industry, the Law Office of Robert W. Ratish can help.

By 2020, nationwide cannabis sales are expected to reach $22 billion. Legalization of adult recreational cannabis in New Jersey will bring a flood of interest from entrepreneurs and investors. Understanding how to navigate the complex regulatory requirements of the cannabis industry is crucial in developing a long-term strategy as well as conforming with the day-to-day requirements of operating a cannabis business.

With a track record of helping new and existing business through all stages of development, we can provide clients with individualized attention and a comprehensive plan for navigating the nascent cannabis industry. Robert W. Ratish is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee.


Cannabis is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Although the sale and use of cannabis may be legal in some states, it is currently illegal in New Jersey and under federal law. The Law Office of Robert W. Ratish works with clients to understand current and proposed state regulation of the sale of cannabis with the understanding that any such sale or use remains illegal under federal law.

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    • April 2, 2019
      Cem A.
      We own several businesses and Robert has represented us on many different complex legal matters including acquisitions, contract negotiations, strategic planning and franchising. We trust him to find solutions whenever issues arise. He cares about doing the job right. We feel comfortable moving our business forward knowing he’s here to advise us.
    • December 3, 2018
      Robert M.
      Great Service!!
    • August 6, 2018
      Marcelo C.
      I highly recommend this practice. My case and options were explained accurately and in a manner which I could understand. My questions throughout my case were answered in a timely manner which I really appreciated. Thank you once again Mr. Ratish. Sincerely, M. Cabrera
    • August 6, 2018
      Ben W.
      Mr. Ratish was a pleasure to work with. He provided all the information about my case in a way that made practical sense which enabled me to feel a sense of control over an already stressful situation. I highly recommend his services.
    • June 22, 2018
      Carl R
      Smart business attorney. Reasonable rates. Perfect for my small business.

    quotesWe have used Robert Ratish for general legal advice and for incorporating our business, a complicated process that he patiently walked us through. Now he is advising us on a possible small claims case. We can always reach him (!) and rely on his frank, honest guidance through some difficult times. If you want a reliable, honest man to call your counselor, the Robert Ratish is your man.

    – Benito, a New Jersey business owner

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