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Market Spotlight: New Jersey

After a SOLD OUT event in California in February, Benzinga is hosting its next regional spotlight event in New Jersey on June 17th.

While the Garden State will be the primary focus, we’re also getting inquiries from New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, which makes this a can’t miss networking opportunity.

Market Spotlight: New Jersey

Join the Benzinga Cannabis Market Spotlight

New Jersey, cultivating the future of Cannabis Innovation.

This premier event, focused on high-impact networking, offers a chance to connect and create lasting business relationships. Engage with top industry figures in structured sessions and casual mixers, turning each interaction into a potential business breakthrough. It’s more than networking, it’s where the future of cannabis in New Jersey (and beyond) is shaped. Be part of the defining conversation.

Benzinga is proud and excited to partner with Rooted in Good to bring the Canna Founders Pitch Competition to New Jersey! If you are a business that have a product or service in market and ready for sales with less than $250,000 in revenue last year, you are welcome to apply by May 28th!

Join us and…

  • Discover New Jersey’s burgeoning cannabis market potential and retail opportunities

  • Examine supply chain logistics and cultivation challenges in a newly legal landscape

  • Navigate New Jersey’s regulatory framework and compliance for cannabis businesses

  • Discuss strategies for shifting the illicit market to a regulated, legal framework

  • Network with New Jersey state officials, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors

  • Gain insights from high-profile figures and pioneers in the cannabis industry

  • Explore the role of cannabis lounges as unique tourism attractions near NYC

Market Spotlight: New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ  |  June 17 2024

New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

Who should attend?

Are you ready to cultivate growth in the cannabis industry? Join us!

This event is the ultimate gathering for entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals looking to thrive in the cannabis market.

  • Dispensary Owners & Managers
  • Cannabis Brand Leaders
  • C-Suite Leaders
  • Market Investors


Our list of speakers, sponsors and attendees is growing every day. Take a look at some of our confirmed speakers.

Jennifer Cabrera,
Partner – Vicente LLP

Jennifer Cabrera, partner at Vicente LLP, specializes in cannabis law, advising on licensing, compliance, and supporting local businesses in NY and NJ.

Jon Purow,
Partner – Greenspoon Marder LLP

Jon Purow, partner at Greenspoon Marder, specializes in cannabis law and intellectual property, assisting clients with licensing, litigation, and brand protection.

Luna Stower,
Chief Impact Officer – Ispire

Luna Stower, Chief Impact Officer at Ispire Vape Technology, is a veteran of the cannabis industry, championing social equity and drug policy reform.

Suzan Nickelson,
Founder & CEO – Holistic Solutions

Suzan C. Nickelson, CEO of Holistic Solutions LLC, is a cannabis industry leader focusing on diversity, wellness, and regulatory compliance in NJ.

Joshua Hirschey,
President – Timeless Vapes

Josh Hirschey, President of Timeless Refinery, leads a prominent cannabis brand across multiple states, with extensive experience in management and acquisitions.

Jesse Channon,
President – The Cannabist Company

Jesse Channon, President of The Cannabist Company, brings over a decade of digital marketing experience with top global brands.

Laurie Parfitt,
Founder & CEO – LKP Impact Consulting

Laurie Parfitt, an accomplished executive, brings over 20 years of experience driving innovation in start-ups and Fortune 500 companies, particularly in the cannabis industry.

Pablo Zuanic,
Managing Partner – Zuanic & Associates

Pablo Zuanic, an esteemed equity analyst, specializes in cannabis and psychedelics sectors, offering research services to institutional investors and corporations.

Dr. Chanda Macias,
CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Managers – Women Grow

Chanda Macias, CEO of National Holistic™ and Women Grow, is a prominent figure in the cannabis industry with a background in cellular biology and business management.

Justin Singer,
Partner – Feuerstein Kulick LLP

Justin, with a background in commercial litigation, brings extensive expertise to navigating cannabis laws and regulations. His commitment to creating strong partnerships and community-oriented operations ensures successful license pursuits.

Chirali V. Patel,
Managing Partner – Blaze Law Firm LLCLLP

Chirali Patel, a legal expert, advocates for social equity in the cannabis industry. Managing Partner at Blaze Law Firm, she leads pro bono initiatives and educates through Rutgers University, shaping the future of cannabis law.

Donny Moskovic,
Deal Junky – Principal Strategist – Katz & Associates

Donny, a 30-year real estate veteran, transitioned into cannabis, leading operations at Valley Agriceuticals before its acquisition. He’s a pivotal figure in NY and NJ markets, known for his adept handling of site selection, approvals, and mergers.

Sarah Trent,
Founder & CEO – Valley Wellness

Sarah, CEO of Valley Wellness in NJ, pioneers cannabis education with NJ Cannabis Certified. A former public defender turned industry leader, she chairs the NJ State Bar’s Cannabis Committee and serves on various boards, shaping the legal and business landscape of cannabis.

Todd Johnson,
NJCTA Executive Director – New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association

Todd Johnson, Executive Director of NJCTA, is a pivotal figure in shaping NJ’s cannabis industry. With extensive experience in finance and cannabis operations, he advocates for equitable policies and oversees industry outreach and compliance.

Jon Lowen,
Co-CEO – Surfside Solutions Inc.

Jon Lowen, Co-CEO/Co-Founder of Surfside Solutions, drives innovation in marketing tech. Formerly CSO at SITO Mobile, he led growth strategies, increasing revenue 40x. With expertise in operations and product development, he’s a leader in the advertising technology sector.

Julio Casado,

Julio Casado is an entrepreneur and digital marketing professional. In addition to being a Founder and CEO of ANJA, he is also a Founder and CEO of Full Funnel Growth Inc., a digital marketing agency that partners with direct to consumer and B2B clients globally.

Trip McDermott,
COO – Verano

Trip McDermott, COO of Verano Holdings, leads operations across 13 states with 140+ dispensaries. Formerly EVP at BellRock Brands, he drove expansion and mergers, bringing expertise in finance and entrepreneurship from Boston University.

Matt Karnes,
Founder – GreenWave Advisors

Matt Karnes, founder of GreenWave Advisors, is a finance expert with 25+ years of experience. His firm offers financial research and consulting for the cannabis industry. Previously, he worked in equity research, hedge funds, and accounting, bringing a wealth of knowledge to his role.

Anthony Coniglio,
CEO – NewLake Capital Partners

Mr. Coniglio, President and CEO of NewLake, brings over 30 years of diverse executive experience, from leading Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. His expertise spans finance, mergers, and IPOs, with notable achievements including GMAC and Chrysler Financial restructurings and MasterCard’s IPO. Additionally, he serves on NYSE boards and contributes to healthcare and charitable organizations.

Solonje Burnett,
Weed Auntie and Co-Founder, Chief Culture + Community Officer – Erven

Solonje Burnett, co-founder of Erven and known as the Weed Auntie, cultivates mindful connections and education in cannabis. A humanist and advocate for social equity, she amplifies marginalized voices while advising on brand education, sustainability, and community empowerment.

Tom Zuber,
Managing Partner – Zuber Lawler

Tom Zuber, Managing Partner at Zuber Lawler, oversees high-stakes deals and regulatory matters for Fortune 500 clients and leading cannabis companies. His firm has been recognized as “Cannabis Law Firm of the Year,” and Tom as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Cannabis.”

Jason Ackerman,
Founder – Joyleaf

Jason Ackerman, an experienced entrepreneur, pioneered online grocery with FreshDirect and Foodkick. Transitioning to cannabis, he led TerrAscend and founded Joyleaf. With a background in investment banking, he brings retail innovation to boards of Pax, Natures Medicine, and RTIC Outdoor.

Brian Adams,
CEO – Nimbus Cannabis Co

Brian, a seasoned cannabis operator, scaled Hudson Botanical Processing and founded Nimbus Cannabis Co. in Massachusetts. He specializes in manufacturing, extraction, and automated packaging, focusing on high-quality products and advocating for public safety and equity in the cannabis industry.

Marc Claybon,
Principal, Tax – Crowe

Marc Claybon, a principal in the tax group at Crowe, specializes in corporate tax planning and consulting with over 25 years of experience. As a cannabis industry tax leader, he advises on complex tax matters like §280E and business structuring for various cannabis-related entities. Marc frequently presents at major tax and cannabis conferences.

Lou Magazzu,
Partner – Weiner Law Group LLP

Lou Magazzu, a New Jersey attorney with over 40 years of experience, has specialized in cannabis law since 2018. He has advised on numerous cannabis licenses and site approvals, earning recognition on the InsiderNJ Cannabis 100 Powerlist. Lou also has extensive experience in complex real estate transactions and has served in various government and legal roles throughout his career.

June 17th Agenda


Registration & Networking Breakfast


Opening Remarks




Lessons From Leadership: State of the Garden State


Capitalizing on Rescheduling: Can the DEA Change the Investment Landscape?


AM Networking Break


Find a Supplier, Know Your Demand: Bottlenecks In the NJ Market


Exclusive Fireside Discussion


Networking Lunch


Retail in the Garden State: The Municipal Control Effect


Crossing the Divide: Converting the Illicit Market to Legal Channels in New Jersey


Exclusive Fireside Discussion


How Brands Can Break Into The Garden State


Hybrid Strategies: Leveraging NY Tourism To Drive Cannabis Sales In Jersey


The Last Mile: Innovations in Cannabis Delivery and Logistics in Urban Environments


CannaFounders Pitch Competition


Cocktails & Networking

Ticket Pricing



General Admission – Early Bird – Come see the Who’s Who of the New Jersey cannabis industry as they gather all in one room. This ticket is for brands, retailers, dispensaries, manufacturers, and processors.



Free – This pass is for institutional and accredited investors ONLY, see below for criteria. In order to qualify for an Investor Pass, you must meet the following criteria:

1. Must represent a professional investment firm:
– Private Equity or Venture Capital Fund
– Family Office
– Hedge Fund
– Asset Manager
– Pension Fund
– Foundation
– Sovereign Wealth Fund

2. Must provide a corporate email address with an active URL connected to the firm represented.

If you qualify for a free ticket, please email


The Venue

NBPAC  |  New Brunswick, NJ

The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) has propelled New Brunswick’s Downtown Cultural Arts District into the spotlight as the region’s most exciting and dynamic performing arts center. NBPAC features two state-of-the-art theatrical venues in the Elizabeth Ross Johnson and Arthur Laurents Theaters, dedicated rehearsal studios, collaborative work spaces for arts organizations across the region, as well as 207 residential rental apartments and public parking.

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