Under the recently announced regulations by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, the state’s cannabis industry will gather to discuss what the Garden State’s market might look like in early 2022 when the first cannabis sales to consumers are allowed.
A full day event, NJ Cannabis Insider Live! is hosting its first full-day in-person conference on September 23 at the brand new Carteret Performing Arts Center since early last year, following the state shutdown to contain the pandemic. (Buy tickets here.)
The conference, sponsored by Hance Construction, will bring together some of the state’s leading figures in the field to discuss the regulations that will shape the market and how local governments are preparing to open up this multi-billion dollar industry. Other planned topics include: banking & finance, building the right facility, preparing the future workforce, how federal reforms will affect local markets, where are hemp and medical marijuana now, and more.
Capital and equity will be the focus as the Garden State’s cannabis division determines how a sustainable market can be implemented.
“I strongly commend the CRC for significantly reducing application fees as access to capital is the highest barrier to entry for minority applicants,” said Jessica F. Gonzalez, minority medical marijuana adviser, to the commission when it first adopted its rules Times announced August. Gonzalez will be one of the speakers on September 23rd. “As we have seen in other countries, the acquisition of a license (for cultivation, sale, delivery) is no guarantee of success. Additional support is required. “
Edmund DeVeaux, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, said CRC’s focus on small businesses and social justice is the first step in the right direction to open up the market.
“The NJCBA has always emphasized the importance of expanding the market to allow as many cannabis entrepreneurs in as possible. We have also spoken repeatedly about the need to ensure that the communities hardest hit by the failed war on drugs are fairly represented in this room, ”said DeVeaux, who will address the conference on September 23 . “These new rules begin to address both of these concerns and give a boost to those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to own or run their own cannabis business.”
Other confirmed speakers are:
- Dianna Houenou, Chair of the State’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
- Mayor Janice Kovach of Clinton Town, President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
- Bill Caruso, a partner at Archer Law, represents New Jersey United for marijuana reform and is a New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn. Board member
- Precious Osagie-Erese, COO of Roll Up Life, Inc., a New Jersey-based CBD delivery service
- Art Hance, Founder and CEO of Hance Construction
- Mike McQueeny, Counsel at Foley Hoag and Counsel for the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association
- Fruqan Mouzon, Chairman of the Cannabis Practice Group at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter and former General Counsel for the Senate State Majority Office.
- Tara “Misu” Sargente, founder and CEO of Blazin ‘Bakery and board member of New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn.
- Lynn Nowak, Co-Chair of the Cannabis Task Force at Porzio Governmental Affairs
- Ngiste Abebe, president of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association and vice president of public policy at Columbia Care
- Nathaniel Gurien, CEO of FINCANN, The Cannabis Banking Financial Network
- Rob Mejia, Associate Professor at Stockton University, where he teaches the following courses: Introduction to Medical Cannabis, Preparation for Cannabis Internship
- Chirali Patel, attorney at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, founder of Blaze Responsably, and board member of the Cannabis Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association
- Gary Seelhorst, Senior VP of National Compliance & Governmental Affairs at Justice Cannabis Co. and Chairman of the Policy Committee of the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association
- Rob Bedsworth, Founder and CEO of ViTAE Development – development, design and construction of cannabis plants
- Faye Coleman, CEO of Pure Genesis, member of the board of directors of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn.
- Charles Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Leafspotz
- Cindy Ortiz, President of Bloom Wellness Center Corp.
- Leo Bridgewater, Founder of BridgeH2o and a partner at Heart Community Capital
- Ken Wolski, Executive Director at Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey
- Chris Lindsey, Vice President of Policy for the US Cannabis Council and Director of Government Relations at the Marijuana Policy Project
- Dan Jensen, Senior Executive at Supreme Security Systems and Founder of Code 3 Outreach
- Laury Lucien, CEO and founder of Massachusetts-based Major Bloom, a effects-oriented cannabis retail, manufacturing, and delivery company.
Entry is at 9:30 a.m. The event ends at 5:00 p.m., with happy hour immediately afterwards until 7:00 a.m. Tickets are $ 299. Although the performing arts venue can accommodate large numbers of guests, we will limit that to around 400. For the safety of everyone involved, we either need proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 rapid test (carried out 24th). Hours before the day of the event) in order to participate. Guests are asked to wear masks.
Sponsors and partners are:
- Hance Construction was selected to build one of the first cannabis cultivation facilities in New Jersey and has since worked on other medical cannabis projects, providing advice and location services
- Supreme Security Systems, New Jersey, a leader in security, offers bespoke, state-of-the-art systems to protect your business.
- Trichome Analytical, headquartered in Mount Laurel Township, provides the highest standard of accurate, compliant, and comprehensive cannabis and industrial hemp testing and advisory services to growers, processors, retailers and regulators. Trichome Analytical is ISO / IEC 17025: 2017 accredited and has federal DEA registration for USDA-compliant hemp testing.
- Archer Law, cannabis law attorneys, partner with Archer Public Affairs at the forefront of marijuana legalization, helping the public sector and governments deal with responsible regulations.
- NJ Cannabis Certified, which provides training for all entry-level jobs in the cannabis industry, including pharmacy training and entry-level training for growers and laboratory technicians.
- The Botanist is a retail and product brand created to help wellness seekers. They listen and help patients and consumers discover cannabis and the power of herbal wellbeing.
- Cognitive Harmony Technologies was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 2019. At that time, CHT was developing a number of tools to help social justice applicants stand their ground against large cannabis companies during the first round of pharmacy, craft grow and infuser applications. CHT’s products and services contain critical components to lower the entry barrier for only 10% of boutique advisory services, while providing a framework for evaluating an applicant’s chances of success.
- The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, the Garden State’s largest trading group that acts as the state’s cannabis chamber of commerce
- Stockton University, the interdisciplinary minor in cannabis studies, provides students with a foundation for understanding the burgeoning cannabis industry. Stockton recently opened the Cannabis & Hemp Research Institute, which will research hemp cultivation and develop laboratory tests.
- Sax LLP, with 65 years of experience advising established and emerging companies, Sax Cannabis Advisors are at the forefront of the unique and complex cannabis industry. Their audit, tax and advisory team offers superior advisory services for all market segments. Sax offers financial advice from seed to sale.
- HBK CPA, a multidisciplinary financial services company that offers the collective intelligence of professionals committed to providing exceptional customer service in a wide range of tax, accounting, auditing, business advisory, valuation, financial planning, asset management and support services from offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York and Florida.
- FINNCANN, the recognized central point of contact for financial institutions and the cannabis industry for verifiably compliant, sustainable and transparent cannabis banking, financial services and advice.
- UFCW Local 152 represents 14,000 workers in retail stores, healthcare facilities, manufacturing, the public sector and more in four states.
- Pure Genesis, LLC, a state-owned, female and minority-owned (MWBE Certified) cannabis company that helps patients get access to the best medical cannabis products and education in New Jersey.
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NJ Cannabis Insider is a weekly subscription-based online trade magazine and events group produced by NJ Advance Media, which also publishes NJ.com, The Star-Ledger, and other affiliated newspapers.