Volume 8/Issue 8

  • RCSG's Tim White Named as One of the 11 Most Influential Insiders Shaping NJ's Marijuana Industry
  • Attorney General Grewal Suspends Municipal Marijuana Prosecutions Until Early September
  • Former Governor Christie's Memoir to be Released in January 2019
  • NJ Economic Development Authority Working on Several New Initiatives 

RCSG’s Tim White Named as One of the 11 Most Influential Insiders Shaping NJ's Marijuana Industry

RCSG's Tim White was recently recognized for his government affairs and advocacy work on behalf of clients in New Jersey's Marijuana industry by NJ Cannabis Insider.

Tim continues to play a leading role in helping to shape the expansion of NJ's Medical Marijuana Program, while advocating for the legalization and thoughtful regulation of adult-use marijuana.

NJ Cannabis Insider is a subscription based, premium intelligence briefing by NJ.com.

Attorney General Grewal Suspends Municipal Marijuana Prosecutions Until Early September

Last week, Attorney General Gubar Grewal asked all municipal prosecutors in New Jersey to pause marijuana-related prosecutions in municipal court until September 4, 2018, while his office solicits advice from a working group of criminal justice stakeholders he created.

The 20-member panel includes local elected officials, local law enforcement representatives, municipal and county prosecutors, municipal court representatives, the NAACP, and State Department of Law & Public Safety officials. It will review the scope and appropriate use of prosecutorial discretion in marijuana-related and other offenses in municipal court, as well as other issues relating to the role of municipal prosecutors.

The Attorney General’s actions come on the heels of an effort by the Jersey City municipal prosecutor to decriminalize marijuana in his community, though it was determined by the Attorney General’s Office that the local official did not have authority to make that action.

Former Governor Christie’s Memoir to Be Released in January 2019

Former Governor Chris Christie’s Memoir, “Let Me Finish” is set to be released on January 29, 2019.

Published by the Hatchette Book Group, it promises to contain “a no-holds-barred account of Christie’s years atop the national political scene–his rise to power through the bare-knuckle politics of New Jersey, his fifteen-year friendship with Donald Trump, and his frank insights and experiences with the president and his inner circle.”

NJ Economic Development Authority Working on Several New Initiatives

Speaking before the NJ Tech Council, and as reported by ROI, NJ EDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan discussed the new Office of Economic Transformation within the agency, which will develop and implement initiatives and programs designed to make New Jersey competitive in the strategic sectors of clean energy, infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, technology, and life sciences.

Mr. Sullivan also raised the EDA’s “Innovation Challenge,” which seeks to facilitate major investments in all of New Jersey’s urban centers and a focus on creating partnerships between the public sector, institutions of higher education, innovative real estate developers, and entrepreneurial private sector leaders.

Separately, as reported by NorthJersey.com, the EDA recently awarded a contract to McKinsey & Co. to rework the State’s tax incentive programs or create new programs, an issue Governor Murphy campaigned on during his election. The company will also assess the viability of creating a Greenbank to invest in clean energy initiatives.