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And, while the sector is quickly filling with firms looking to jump in at the last minute to get a piece of the industry, CSG leaders feel they bring unique background to the issue, since attorneys at the firm have been deeply involved in the industry in many levels for many years — starting with name partner Jeff Cheisa and practice group co-leader Lee Vartan.

Chiesa, in his former role as state attorney general, and Vartan, in his former role as first assistant attorney general, played key roles in establishing and overseeing the regulatory regime that currently governs the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries.

“We have lawyers who are touching upon all of the significant areas, from real estate to privacy, to corporate tax compliance and everything else, starting with some of the unique experience we feel is held here at the firm, given my time at the AG office and Jeff Chiesa’s time as attorney general,” Vartan said.

“When he was there, and I was there, we both played a key role in rolling out the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, both in terms of drafting regulations and, in many ways, rolling out the Alternative Treatment Centers program, which is what medical marijuana dispensaries are called.

“So much of what happens with the program in terms of rollout, background checks, compliance, licensure, was run from the attorney general’s office. It was the only department within the state that had the expertise to fully vet folks in a way that made people in state government feel these were legitimate businesses as opposed to something worse.”

Vartan, who will head the group along with name partner Frank Giantomasi, said the time is right for GSC to take a deeper role in the industry moving forward. An industry, he said, which literally is still at the starting point.

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