The NJ cannabis business community gathers as the state grants permits to grow and sell it


EDITORS NOTE: NJ Cannabis Insider is hosting a two-day business and networking conference June 8-9, attended by some of the state’s best-known industry leaders. Tickets are limited.

When another medical marijuana pharmacy opened in New Jersey on Friday – and two more slated to open in the coming weeks – the state cannabis regulatory commission hinted earlier this week that 24 new medical licenses might come out sooner or later .

For nearly two years, a lawsuit halted the review process for more than 150 applications from companies to grow, process, or sell cannabis, but we may see light at the end of the tunnel.

Dianna Houenou, Chair of the CRC, said Tuesday the group was “working diligently and as quickly as possible to complete the evaluation for these applications”.

At the same time, municipalities have until August 21 to approve or disapprove cannabis companies, just as the CRC is expected to put rules and regulations in place for the cannabis industry.

With this in mind, hundreds of motivated cannabis business leaders in the state will meet next week for the state’s largest virtual conference and networking event. The NJ Cannabis Insider event, presented by Hance Construction, will run from June 8th to 9th from 10am to 1pm and features strategic networking sessions around the speakers and panel discussions that focus on community building, community building Teams focus on success and building the facilities to grow and sell. Buy tickets here.

Recommended speakers include:

  • Dasheeda Dawson, cannabis czar for the city of Portland, Oregon, founder and chair of the Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition, chief strategist at CHEM, and best-selling author.
  • Edmund DeVeaux, President of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn. and is a lobbyist at Burton Trent Public Affairs.
  • Janice Kovach, Mayor of Clinton Township and President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
  • Arthur Hance, Founder and President of Hance Construction, Inc., which provides material assembly, turnkey construction management and general contracting services to the industrial, commercial and cannabis markets in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
  • George Irwin, Founder and President of Green Living Technologies International, LLC (GLTI) and GLTCannabis (NJ), Irwin is recognized worldwide as a leading authority on agricultural technology. For two decades, Irwin has pioneered the design and manufacture of green roofs, green walls and vertical farms.
  • Alixon Collazos, a public affairs specialist working with The BGill Group, a full-service public affairs, policy advice and digital media company. She recently worked with GTI-NJ to open Rise Paramus. She is also a board member of the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center.
  • David Serrano, a distinguished US Navy veteran, a pioneer in the cannabis industry and a passionate advocate of social and environmental justice. He is the founder and head of business development at Harvest 360 and H360 Labs.
  • Dwayne D. Warren, Mayor of Orange and Chairman of the Cannabis Committee of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA), where he is also the Vice President.
  • Colleen O’Hara, Key Account Manager Northeast Signify, formerly Philips Lighting
  • Heather Kumer, Attorney at Vicente Sederberg, Kumer is a LEED accredited building design and construction professional.
  • Hugh Giordano, union representative and organizer of UFCW Local 152.
  • Jennifer Roselle, attorney at Genova Burns LLC, where she is part of the Cannabis Law Group.
  • Connie Bertussi, executive vice president of human resources at Justice Cannabis Co. (formerly known as Justice Grown), a multi-state operator, including licenses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • 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.
  • Jessica Gonzalez, cannabis and intellectual property attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross and external general counsel for Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. Gonzalez also sits on the Policy Committee of the Minority Cannabis Business Association and the Social Equity CLE co-chair of the International Cannabis Bar Association .

The program will also include pre-recorded regulatory and community comments from an executive on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. At least 60 minutes of focused network sessions are built in every day. The virtual networking “floor” will consist of round tables organized by sponsors and partners.

  • Hance Construction was selected to build one of the first cannabis cultivation facilities in New Jersey and has since participated in other medical cannabis projects, providing advice and location services.
  • Supreme Security Alarms, New Jersey, a leader in security, offers bespoke, state-of-the-art systems to protect your business.
  • Green Living Technologies International, founded in South Jersey with offices across the country, GLTI is the global leader in environmentally controlled indoor vertical farming. GLTCannabis has used its patented Vertical Cultivation System technology to revolutionize the cannabis and hemp industries.
  • Harvest 360 is a cannabis consultancy specializing in application preparation and license management, working to break down barriers to entry for communities hardest hit by the war on drugs.
  • The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association represents the licensed operators in the New Jersey medical marijuana program. NJCTA was founded to provide affordable access to medical marijuana to approximately 100,000 registered patients in New Jersey during and after the state’s transition to an adult market. NJCTA is our social justice partner at this event.
  • The BGill Group, a government affairs, public relations, and digital communications company that helps develop the Garden State’s efforts to expand and improve the existing medical cannabis program while promoting sensible, equitable, and highly regulated adult marijuana use.
  • Weedmaps, a leading provider of technology and software infrastructure for the cannabis industry, is an online marketplace for discovering and exploring products and brands, as well as finding pharmacies and doctors.
  • Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, offers grow lights to help medical cannabis and hemp growers improve production speed and quality, and control energy costs and the growing climate. With 130 years of lighting experience, growers around the world use Philips lighting for medicinal cannabis and hemp plants, as well as greenhouse food, lettuce and leafy vegetables, and ornamental plants.
  • Vicente Sederberg, a national cannabis law firm providing legal and political services to marijuana and hemp companies, ancillary businesses, investors, government agencies and advocacy groups.
  • Genova Burns, through its Cannabis Law Group, represents clients in the cannabis, hemp and CBD industries from the earliest stages of development. The company is uniquely qualified to advise investors, growers, processors, distributors, retailers and ancillary companies.
  • Stockton University, the interdisciplinary minor in cannabis studies, provides students with a foundation for understanding the burgeoning cannabis industry.
  • The New Jersey Clean Energy Program, a state agency that provides financial incentives, programs, and services to New Jersey residents, business owners, and local governments to help them save energy, money, and the environment. Integrate energy-efficient, new technologies into your buildings and system upgrades, make your facilities more efficient and benefit from investments in efficiency.

NJ Cannabis Insider’s June social equity partner is the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association, which sponsors tickets for 20 qualified social justice applicants and a series of virtual educational events on key topics such as choosing the right location, pharmacy, grow hosts and manufacturing schedules, regulatory compliance and more.

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.

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