All politics are local, as the old saying goes. And now that cannabis has been legalized in the Garden State, municipalities are preparing to embrace – or not embrace – a new industry that state voters have overwhelmingly supported.
The conference, which includes serious business networking sessions, takes place about a week after the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. hold a meeting in which municipal leaders can express what they want to see in local regulations.
“The best thing you can do is contact your local elected official,” said the Township of Clinton mayor. Janice Kovach, who is president of the League of Municipalities of the State of New Jersey. “Go through the municipal building – you arrive at the mayor’s house, you arrive at the president of the council. The important thing is to make sure you reach out and assess where they are at before you start any process. “
While the legalization legislation has laid some of the foundation for establishing the industry, much of what it actually involves will be driven by municipalities.
The momentum also comes at a time when the state’s current growers are exhausted by the current demand for medical cannabis.
Additional cannabis cultivation has also been pushed forward, an activity that will likely take the largest footprint in more rural and suburban parts of New Jersey due to the greater availability of land – but some of these municipalities may be reluctant to invite industry into their local economies.
Under current legislation, municipalities have until the August deadline to ban or set limits on the types of cannabis businesses they would like to license.
Municipalities that decide to enact ordinances that restrict, prohibit or accommodate cannabis businesses can have an effect on the growth of the industry as a whole.
Kovach will be among the guest speakers at the June virtual conference. Other confirmed speakers include:
- Dianna Houenou, Chairman of the State Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
- Edmund DeVeaux, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn. and is a lobbyist for Burton Trent Public Affairs.
- Arthur haance, founder and president of Hance construction, Inc., which provides turnkey construction management and general materials construction services to the industrial, commercial and cannabis markets of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
- Alixon collazos, a public affairs specialist working with the BGill Group, a full-service utilities, policy advice and digital media company. She recently worked with GTI-NJ to open Rise Paramus. She is also a member of the board of directors of the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center.
- David Serrano, a decorated US Navy veteran, a pioneer of the cannabis industry and a strong advocate for social and environmental justice. He is the founder and head of business development at Harvest 360 and H360 Labs.
- Dwayne D. Warren, Mayor of the City of Orange and Chairman of the Cannabis Committee of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA), of which he is also vice-chairman.
At least 60 minutes of targeted networking sessions are incorporated each day. The virtual networking “floor” will consist of round tables, moderated by sponsors and partners.
- 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 advisory and site tracing services.
- Supreme security alarms, New Jersey’s leaders in security, providing state-of-the-art systems tailored to protect your business.
- Harvest 360 is a cannabis consulting firm specializing in application preparation and license management, working to reduce barriers to entry for communities most affected by the war on drugs.
- New Jersey Clean Energy Program, a state agency providing financial incentives, programs, and services to New Jersey residents, business owners, and local governments to help them save energy, money, and the environment. Integrate new energy-efficient technologies into your buildings and equipment upgrades, make your facilities more efficient and receive big dividends on efficiency investments.
- New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association represents licensed operators under the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program. The NJCTA was formed to protect affordable access to medicinal marijuana for the approximately 100,000 registered New Jersey patients during and after the state’s transition to an adult market. NJCTA is our social equity partner for this event.
- The BGill group, a government affairs, public relations and digital communications company that has been at the forefront of developing Garden State’s efforts to expand and improve the existing medical cannabis program while supporting reasonable adult marijuana use , fair and highly regulated.
- Weedmaps, a leading provider of technology and software infrastructure for the cannabis industry, is an online marketplace for discovering and exploring products and brands, and for finding dispensaries and doctors.
- Stockton University, the interdisciplinary minor in cannabis studies provides students with a foundation for understanding the burgeoning cannabis industry.
Roundtables will have discussions focused on what you need to know to participate in New Jersey Green Rush, including working with cities, nuances in the application process, quality control, finding the right business partners , and more.
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