Dozens of cannabis business leaders to attend huge N.J. conference: Speakers, topics, how to buy tickets – NJ.com
In the wake of recently announced regulations from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, the state’s cannabis business community will gather to discuss what the Garden State’s market might look like come early 2022, when the first pot sales to consumers will be allowed.
An all-day event, NJ Cannabis Insider Live! hosts its first in-person all-day conference on Sept. 23 at the brand-new Carteret Performing Arts Center since early last year, after the state shutdown to help contain the pandemic. (Purchase tickets here.)
Sponsored by Hance Construction, the conference will feature some the state’s leading power players in the space to talk about the regulations that will govern the market as well as how municipalities are preparing for the opening of this billion-dollar industry. Other scheduled topics include: banking & financing, building the right facility, preparing the future workforce, how federal reforms will affect local markets, where does hemp and medical marijuana stand now, and more.
Capital and equity will take center stage as the Garden State’s cannabis space establishes how to implement a sustainable market.
“I strongly commend the CRC for significantly lowering the application fees, given that access to capital is the highest barrier to entry for minority applicants,” said Minorities for Medical Marijuana counsel Jessica F. Gonzalez to the commission when they first announced their rules in late August. Gonzalez will be among the featured speakers Sept. 23. “As we’ve seen in other states, obtaining a license (to grow, sell, deliver) is not a guarantee of success. Additional support is needed.”
Edmund DeVeaux, the president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, said CRC’s focus on small businesses and social equity is the first step in the right direction to open the market.
“The NJCBA has always stressed the importance of widening the market to allow as many cannabis entrepreneurs as possible. We’ve also spoken time and again about the need to ensure that the communities hurt most by the failed War on Drugs are fairly represented in this space,” said DeVeaux, who is scheduled to speak at the Sept. 23 conference. “These new rules begin to tackle both of those concerns, giving a boost to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to own or run their own cannabis-based business.”
Other confirmed speakers include:
- 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 company
- 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, chair the Cannabis Practice Group at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, and the former general counsel for the state Senate Majority Office.
- Tara “Misu” Sargente, founder and CEO of Blazin’ Bakery, and a board member of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn.
- Lynn Nowak, co-chair of Porzio Governmental Affairs’ Cannabis Task Force
- 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, an adjunct professor at Stockton University where he teaches the following courses: Introduction to Medical Cannabis, Preparation for Cannabis Internship
- Chirali Patel, an attorney at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, founder of Blaze Responsibly and an executive board member of the Cannabis Law Committee New Jersey State Bar Association
- Gary Seelhorst, senior VP of National Compliance & Governmental Affairs at Justice Cannabis Co. and the chairman of the Policy Committee with the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association
- Rob Bedsworth, founder and CEO of ViTAE Development — development, design, and construction of cannabis facilities
- Faye Coleman, CEO of Pure Genesis, board member of Hemp Advisory Council for the New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn.
- Charles Johnson, co-founder & CEO of Leafspotz
- Cindy Ortiz, president of Bloom Wellness Center Corp.
- Leo Bridgewater, founder of BridgeH2o and partner at Heart Community Capital
- Ken Wolski, executive director at Coalition for Medical Marijuana — New Jersey
- Chris Lindsey, vice president of policy for the U.S. Cannabis Council and director of Government Relations at Marijuana Policy Project
- Dan Jensen, an executive at Supreme Security Systems and founder of Code 3 Outreach
- Laury Lucien, CEO and founder of Massachusetts-based Major Bloom, an impact-driven cannabis retail, manufacturing and delivery company.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The event ends at 5 p.m., with a happy hour scheduled immediately afterward until 7. Tickets are $299. While the performing arts venue can hold a large number of guests, we will be limiting the number of attendees to some 400. For the safety of all involved, we will require either proof of vaccination or a negative rapid COVID-19 test (taken 24 hours before day of the event) in order to attend. Guests will be asked to wear masks.
Sponsors and partners include:
- Hance Construction was selected to build one of the first cannabis grow facilities in New Jersey, and has since worked on other medical cannabis projects, offering consulting and site-location services
- Supreme Security Systems, New Jersey leaders in the security space, providing custom designed, state-of-art systems to protect your business.
- Trichome Analytical, headquartered in Mount Laurel Township, offers the highest standard in accurate, compliant and comprehensive cannabis and industrial hemp testing and consulting services for cultivators, processors, retailers and regulatory agencies. Trichome Analytical is ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited, holds federal DEA registration for USDA-compliant hemp testing.
- Archer Law, cannabis law attorneys, in conjunction with Archer Public Affairs, are at the forefront of marijuana legalization, helping the public sector and governments grapple with responsible regulations.
- NJ Cannabis Certified, which provides training for all entry level jobs in the cannabis industry, including dispensary training and entry level cultivation and lab technician training.
- The Botanist is a retail and product brand created to help wellness seekers. They listen and help guide patients and consumers as they discover cannabis and the power of herbal wellness.
- Cognitive Harmony Technologies began in Chicago, Illinois in 2019. At that time, CHT developed a set of tools designed to help social equity applicants compete against big cannabis businesses during the first round of dispensary, craft grow and infuser licensing applications. CHT products and services include critical components to lower the barrier of entry to a mere 10% of the boutique consulting service offerings, while also providing a framework for evaluating an applicant’s chance of success.
- The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, the Garden State’s largest trade group, operating as the state’s cannabis chamber of commerce
- Stockton University, the interdisciplinary minor in Cannabis Studies offers students a foundation for understanding the burgeoning cannabis industry. Stockton recently opened The Cannabis & Hemp Research Institute, which will research hemp cultivation and develop lab testing.
- 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 provides superior advisory services to all segments of the market. Sax provides financial guidance from seed-to-sale.
- HBK CPA, a multidisciplinary financial services firm, offering the collective intelligence of professionals committed to delivering exceptional client service across a wide range of tax, accounting, audit, business advisory, valuation, financial planning, wealth management and support services from offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York and Florida.
- FINNCANN, the financial institutions’ and cannabis industry’s recognized one-stop resource for proven compliant, sustainable and transparent cannabis banking, financial services, and advisory.
- UFCW Local 152, represents 14,000 workers in retail stores, healthcare facilities, manufacturing, public sector, and much more across four states.
- Pure Genesis, LLC, a women- and minority-owned (MWBE certified) multi-state cannabis business that helps patients gain access to the best medical cannabis products and education available in New Jersey.
Click here to purchase tickets. Space is being limited to meet Covid safety protocols.
NJ Cannabis Insider is a weekly subscriber-based online trade journal and events group produced by NJ Advance Media, which also publishes NJ.com, The Star-Ledger and other affiliated papers.