EDITOR’S NOTE: NJ Cannabis Insider is hosting a two-day business and work conference from June 8-9, with some of the state’s most prominent industry leaders. Tickets are limited.
New Jersey is among a handful of states that recently legalized cannabis and made social equity a staple of launching the consumer market. With the newly formed State Cannabis Regulatory Commission, the local cannabis industry has been trying to achieve this goal.
The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association, an organization formed by state medical cannabis dispensaries that will be the first to open its stores in the adult consumer market, sponsors 20 qualified social equity applicants for the next NJ Cannabis Insider business conference. To apply, fill out this form.
The effort is part of NJ Cannabis Insider’s continued collaboration with various organizations across the state to drive social equity applicants in the race to obtain licenses.
“The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association exists to serve as a leader and think tank of New Jersey cannabis, including the continued dialogue of our members and the exchange of best practices both inside and outside New Jersey.” said Shaya Brodchandel, president of NJCTA.
The June event, sponsored by Hance Construction, will feature some of the state’s most important industry leaders, including:
- Janice Kovach, mayor of Clinton Township and president of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
- Edmund DeVeaux, president of the CannaBusiness Assn of New Jersey. and is a lobbyist for Burton Trent Public Affairs.
- Arthur Hance, founder and president of Hance Construction, Inc., which provides construction management and general contracting services for built-in, turnkey materials to the industrial, commercial, and cannabis markets of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
- Alixon Collazos, a public affairs specialist who works with The BGill Group, a utility, political consulting and full-service digital media company. He recently worked with GTI-NJ to open Rise Paramus. He is also a member of the executive board of the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center.
- Dwayne D. Warren, mayor of the city of Orange and chairman of the Cannabis Committee of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA), where he is also vice president.
- David Serrano, a U.S. Navy veteran, a pioneer in the cannabis industry and a fierce advocate of social and environmental justice. He is the founder and business development manager of Harvest 360 and H360 Labs.
- Hugh Giordano, union representative and organizer of UFCW Local 152.
- Chirali Patel, attorney for Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, founder of Blaze Responsibly and a member of the executive board of the Cannabis Law Committee New Jersey State Association.
- Heather Kumer, a lawyer for Vicente Sederberg, is a LEED-accredited professional in building design and construction, practicing primarily in the areas of real estate, land use, environmental / sustainable development, municipal, regulatory, and cannabis legislation.
The program will also include recorded comments on regulations and municipalities by an executive of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. At least 60 minutes of focused network sessions are built each day. The “floor” of virtual networks will consist of round tables, organized by sponsors and partners.
Previously, the NJCTA partnered with Valley Wellness and Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to provide six scholarships for the university’s cannabis training program, which is designed to certify students with skills needed to enter the cannabis industry. medicinal cannabis.
In particular, social equity applicants selected by NJCTA will receive tickets to attend NJCI’s June 8-9 networking event and a full year subscription to their weekly online trade magazine, considered the state cannabis space registry publication.
In addition, the 20 applicants, as well as the 25 social equity applicants from the previous NJCI event, will have the opportunity to be enrolled in the NJCTA series of seven webinars on medical cannabis.
The webinars will be hosted by a group of experts from NJCTA member organizations to address the following topics:
- Corporate training considerations (including their impact on fundraising)
- Location and site selection considerations
- Dispensary plans
- Cultivation plans
- Manufacturing plans
- The importance of community and local engagement
- How to monitor and ensure regulatory compliance.
The webinar series will run from late June to mid-August ahead of New Jersey’s first round of adult licensing which is expected to be announced in late August 2021, the lawyer said. of the NJCTA, Michael McQueeny.
To apply for the program, fill out this form. The deadline to submit the application is Thursday, June 1 at midnight. Winning teams will be announced on or before Monday, June 7th.
NJ Cannabis Insider is a weekly online newspaper and weekly events based on subscribers produced by NJ Advance Media, which also publishes NJ.com, The Star-Ledger and other affiliate articles.