Permits to sell weed are coming soon. This is the NJ cannabis business conference not to be missed. View full list of speakers and topics


Another clear signal that the Garden State is preparing for legal cannabis sales in the next few months came Tuesday during the latest meeting of state regulators. New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved a new marijuana grow site and system to streamline the application process for new cannabis businesses.

Last month, the commission unveiled its first rules to channel the legal weed and turned the clock down to start selling to people 21 and older. The law states that sales must start within six months of the Commission’s adoption of the regulation.

In front of this X sign in the calendars for February 2022, the New Jersey cannabis business community will meet in person at the NJ Cannabis Insider Live! Fall Conference on September 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. meet to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us in this multi-billion dollar industry. Tickets are limited to comply with coronavirus security protocols. (Entry tickets are $ 299 and require proof of vaccination or a 24-hour negative COVID-19 result to enter.)

Presented by Hance Construction at the Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center, the all-day event features more than 30 speakers. The parent company of NJ Advance Media, and NJ Cannabis Insider is proud to support equity and inclusion in the cannabis space by sponsoring 20 minority business owners who have hopeful cannabis licenses to attend this event.

The complete line-up of speakers and panels:


Dianna Houenou, Chair of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission


Market Update – The Garden State

  • 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
  • Lynn Nowak, Co-Chair of the Cannabis Task Force at Porzio Governmental Affairs
  • Edmund DeVeaux, President of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn. and is a lobbyist at Burton Trent Public Affairs

The Feds – How DC Decisions Can Affect Local Markets

  • Chris Lindsey, Vice President of Policy for the US Cannabis Council and Director of Government Relations at the Marijuana Policy Project
  • Ngiste Abebe, president of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association and vice president of public policy at Columbia Care
  • Bill Caruso, a partner at Archer Law, represents New Jersey United for marijuana reform and is a New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn. Board member

Minorities, women, veterinarians – how should we imagine (social) justice?

  • Faye Coleman – CEO of Pure Genesis, member of the board of directors of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn’s Hemp Advisory Board.
  • Charles Johnson – Co-Founder and CEO of LeafSpotZ’s Inc., an African American B2B cannabis transportation and logistics software company
  • Cindy Ortiz – President of Bloom Wellness Center Corp., a hopeful medical marijuana pharmacy funded and run by a minority woman
  • Moderator – Edmund DeVeaux, New Jersey CannaBusiness Association

Micro Licenses – Small company in a big market.

  • Precious Osagie-Erese, COO of Roll Up Life, Inc., a New Jersey-based CBD delivery service
  • Tara “Misu” Sargente, founder and CEO of Blazin ‘Bakery and board member of New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn.
  • Chirali Patel, attorney at law at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, founder of Blaze Responsably, and board member of the Cannabis Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association

565 cities vs. 1 plant – what is at stake?

  • Mayor Janice Kovach – Clinton Town, President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
  • Mike McQueeny – Counsel to Foley Hoag and Counsel to the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association
  • Bill Caruso – Archer Law

Rules & regulations – where are we now?

  • Fruqan Mouzon, Chairman of the Cannabis Practice Group at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter and former General Counsel of the Senate State Majority Bureau
  • Jessica F. Gonzalez, Cannabis and Intellectual Property Attorney at Hiller PC and External General Counsel for Minorities for Medical Marijuana
  • Lynn Nowak, Porzio Government Affairs

Bricks & Mortar – Understanding What Building Is All About

  • Art Hance, Founder and CEO of Hance Construction
  • Rob Bedsworth, Founder and CEO of ViTAE Development – development, design and construction of cannabis plants
  • Tara “Misu” Sargente, Blazin ‘Bakery, New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn.

Medical Marijuana – What Patients Should Look For.

  • Leo Bridgewater, Founder of BridgeH2O and a partner at Heart Community Capital
  • Ken Wolski, Executive Director at Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey
  • Gary Seelhorst, New Jersey Cannabis Trade Assn.

Banking & Finance – How will the money flow?

  • Laury Lucien, CEO and founder of Massachusetts-based Major Bloom, a effects-oriented cannabis retail, manufacturing, and delivery company
  • Todd Sherer, Valley Bank’s first VP of Business Development Specialty Clients
  • Nathaniel Gurien, CEO of Fincann, The Cannabis Banking Financial Network

Market Update – New York City

  • Ngiste Abebe, president of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association and vice president of public policy at Columbia Care


In addition to the panel discussion, we are holding 15-minute breakouts “CannaTalks” on the Expo floor:

  • Hemp: Still a Cash Crop? – Faye Coleman, Pure Genesis
  • Construction: What You Should Know – Art Hance, Hance Construction
  • Production: edibles, tinctures and legal limits – Tara “Misu” Sargente, Blazin ‘Bakery
  • Education: Training the Future Workforce – Rob Mejia, Associate Professor at Stockton University in the Department of Cannabis Studies
  • Quality control: Laboratory tests ensure a trustworthy product – Kristen Goedde, founder and COO of the ISO 17025 accredited cannabis testing laboratory Trichome Analytical
  • Certification: It is required. Learn More —Sarah E. Trent, founder of Valley Wellness cannabis company and NJ Cannabis Certified, which offers training for all entry-level jobs in the cannabis industry
  • Security: What Your Business Needs – Dan Jensen, Head of Cannabis Security at Supreme Security Systems
  • Work: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today – Hugh Giordano, a union representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).

Exhibition space for suppliers and sponsors

Sponsors and partners for NJ Cannabis Insider Events are among the companies that shape the industry locally and regionally.

  • Hance Construction, Presenting Sponsor of NJ Cannabis Insider, was selected to build one of the first cannabis growing facilities in New Jersey and has since worked on other medical cannabis projects, providing advice and location services
  • Supreme Security Systems, NJ Cannabis Insider’s exclusive security sponsor, New Jersey leader in security, offers bespoke, state-of-the-art systems to protect your business.
  • Sax LLP, NJ Cannabis Insider Badge Sponsor, 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.
  • 5S Security, NJ Cannabis Insider Security Sponsor, at 5S Security, CEO Joseph and his team of experts ensure rigorous continuous training, cutting-edge protocols and tactical expertise to ensure the highest level of protection and professionalism in the industry. Regardless of whether your solution requires a single door guard for a 50-strong setup team, their teams are tailored to the individual needs of your company.
  • 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, liaise 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Harvest 360, a social equity partner of NJ Cannabis Insider, is a cannabis consultancy specializing in application preparation and license management that works to break down barriers to entry for communities hardest hit by the war on drugs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fincann, the recognized central point of contact for financial institutions and the cannabis industry for demonstrably compliant, sustainable and transparent marijuana 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, a MWBE certified cannabis company, offers products and services to help calm your mind, improve your health, and improve your life. With over 250 years of combined experience in supply chain, operations, IT, retail, pharmaceutical, human resources and cannabis operations, they continue to expand their positive reach by fulfilling our mission of education, access and advocacy.

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This is NJ Cannabis Insider’s seventh event of the year and the second face-to-face gathering since the pandemic mandates were relaxed. The next event in New Jersey will be a Career Fair & Business Expo on November 17th at Stockton University.

NJ Cannabis Insider is a weekly subscription-based online trade magazine and events group produced by NJ Advance Media, which also publishes, The Star-Ledger, and other affiliated newspapers. Contact us here.