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III. CASINO/INTERNET GAMING/MEDICAL CANNABIS RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Relevant provisions of the Conflicts Law and Code of Ethics: N.J.S.A. 52:13D-17.2 ; sections 2:8 and 3:10 of the Code.

Summary: Casino Related Restrictions - Generally legislators, certain legislative employees, their firms and members of their immediate families are prohibited from holding an interest in, holding employment with or representing, appearing for or negotiating on behalf of any casino licensee or applicant or any holding or intermediary company with respect thereto. In some situations the Law allows for the Joint Committee to approve casino employment for certain employees and family members. Even part-time legislative employees have casino related restrictions. Legislators, legislative employees included within the definition of "person" in N.J.S.A. 52:13D-17.2a., their firms and members of their immediate families also have casino related restrictions for two years after State service has ended. These are referred to as post-employment restrictions. Casino related restrictions, especially those imposed on legislators pursuant to 2:8 of the Code, are extensive and highly fact sensitive. Legislators and legislative employees having any business relationship with a casino or a casino applicant, other than as a general patron, are strongly encouraged to contact Ethics Counsel with the details of the involvement and obtain specific advice. Similar restrictions are also imposed in connection with Internet gaming and specific advice should be obtained.

Medical Cannabis Related Restrictions - Section 38 of P.L. 2019, c.153 amended N.J.S.A. 52:13D-17.2 to impose certain restrictions on the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the General Assembly, legislative employees, and their firms and members of their immediate families in connection with the medical cannabis industry. They are generally prohibited from holding an interest in, holding employment with, or representing, appearing for or negotiating on behalf of any holder of or applicant for medical cannabis industry related permits or any holding or intermediary company with respect thereto. In some situations, the Law allows for the Joint Committee to approve employment for certain employees and family members. Even part-time legislative employees have medical cannabis related restrictions. The President of the Senate, the Speaker of the General Assembly and legislative employees with responsibility for matters affecting medical cannabis activity, their firms and members of their immediate families also have medical cannabis related restrictions for two years after State service has ended. These are referred to as post-employment restrictions. Anyone contemplating involvement with the medical cannabis industry is encouraged to contact Ethics Counsel with the details of the involvement and obtain specific advice.


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