All politics are local, as the old saying goes. And now that cannabis has been legalized in the Garden State, local governments are preparing to embrace or not embrace a new industry that is overwhelmingly backed by state voters.

On June 8th and 9th from 10am to 1pm, industry leaders will meet for the next NJ Cannabis Insider Live! presented by Hance Construction to discuss this very dichotomy. Tickets are limited.

The conference, which includes serious business networking sessions, takes place roughly a week after the Cannabis Regulatory Commission meeting, where community leaders can share what they want to see in local regulations.

“The best thing you can do is reach out to your local elected official,” said Janice Kovach, Clinton Township Mayor, president of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. “Go through the town building – you get to the mayor, you get to the council chairman. The most important thing is to make sure you have reached and gauged the range before doing an entire process. “

While legalization legislation has laid some of the basic foundations for the industry to start up, much of what it will actually entail will be driven by local authorities.

The dynamic also comes at a time when current cultivators of the state are stretched thin with the current demand for medicinal cannabis.

The additional cultivation of cannabis has also been promoted, an activity that is likely to have the largest footprint in rural and suburban parts of New Jersey due to the increased land availability – but some of these communities may be reluctant to invite industries to their local economies.

Under current legislation, municipalities have until August to ban or limit the types of cannabis businesses they want to allow.

Which municipalities choose to enact regulations that restrict, prohibit, or welcome cannabis companies can have an impact on the growth of the industry as a whole.

Kovach will be among the speakers at the June virtual conference. Other confirmed speakers are:

  • Dianna Houenou, Chair of the State Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
  • Edmund DeVeaux, President of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn. and is a lobbyist at Burton Trent Public Affairs.
  • Arthur Hance, Founder and President of Hance Construction, Inc ..
  • Alixon Collazos, a public affairs specialist working with 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 staunch 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 Orange and Chairman of the Cannabis Committee of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA), where he is also the Vice President.

At least 60 minutes of focused network sessions are held daily. The virtual network floor consists of round tables organized by sponsors and partners.

  • Hance Construction 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 Alarms, a leader in security in New Jersey, offers bespoke, state-of-the-art systems to protect your business.
  • Harvest 360 is a cannabis consultancy specializing in application preparation and license management, working to break down barriers to entry for the communities hardest hit by the war on drugs.
  • New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, a state agency that provides financial incentives, programs, and services to New Jersey residents, business owners, and local governments to help save energy, money, and the environment. Incorporate energy efficient new technologies into your building and equipment upgrades, make your facilities more efficient, and receive high dividends on efficiency investments.
  • The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association represents the licensed operators of the medical marijuana program in New Jersey. NJCTA was founded to protect affordable access to medical marijuana for the approximately 100,000 registered patients in New Jersey 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 center of developing Garden State’s efforts to expand and improve the existing medical cannabis program while promoting sensible, equitable, and highly regulated adult marijuana.
  • Weedmaps, a leading technology and software infrastructure provider in the cannabis industry, is an online marketplace where you can discover and explore products and brands, as well as find pharmacies and doctors.
  • Stockton University, the interdisciplinary minor in cannabis studies, provides students with a foundation for understanding the burgeoning cannabis industry.

Roundtables will focus on what you need to know in order to participate in New Jersey’s Green Rush, including working with cities, nuances in the application process, quality control, finding the right business partners, and much more.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets. (Note: availability is limited. As others will tell you, we had to turn people away from our last two major events.)

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

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