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Market Spotlight: New Jersey

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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.

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
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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

Speakers

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

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp,
Mayor of the City of Plainfield

Adrian O. Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, has 25+ years in finance, holding an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson and a CPA certification. He champions fiscal responsibility and social justice, serving in various leadership roles.

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.

David Hart,
CEO – The Cannabist Company

David Hart joined The Cannabist Company in 2016, becoming COO in 2018 and CEO in 2024. He was previously COO at Abyrx, CFO/CIO at Alpine Capital, and Partner at Apelles Investment. He holds an MBA from Columbia and a degree from Duke.

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 Junkie – 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.

Julio Casado,
CEO – ANJA

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, leverages 30+ years of executive expertise, from Fortune 100 companies to startups. His achievements include major financial restructurings and IPOs, alongside contributions to NYSE boards, healthcare, and charitable organizations.

Matha Figaro,
Co-Founder & CEO – CannPowerment

Matha, CEO of ButACake, is a seasoned cannabis entrepreneur with over a decade in the food industry. A pastry chef and former Whole Foods manager, she emphasizes quality, safety, and social equity.

Jason Ackerman,
Founder – Joyleaf

Jason Ackerman, entrepreneur and retail innovator, led FreshDirect and Foodkick before pioneering in cannabis with TerrAscend and Joyleaf. He now contributes his expertise to various boards, bridging investment banking with cannabis retail.

Brian Adams,
CEO – Nimbus Cannabis Co

Brian, a seasoned cannabis operator, scales Hudson Botanical Processing and leads Nimbus Cannabis Co. in Massachusetts. Specializing in manufacturing and extraction, he advocates for quality, safety, and equity in the industry.

Marc Claybon,
Principal-Tax – Crowe

Marc Claybon, a principal at Crowe, specializes in corporate tax planning with over 25 years of experience. A cannabis industry tax leader, he advises on complex tax issues and frequently presents at major conferences.

Lou Magazzu,
Partner – Weiner Law Group LLP

Lou Magazzu, a New Jersey attorney with 40+ years of experience, has specialized in cannabis law since 2018. He’s advised on numerous cannabis licenses and site approvals, earning recognition on the InsiderNJ Cannabis 100 Powerlist.

Richie Proud,
Chief Executive Officer and Director – iAnthus

Richie Proud, CEO of iAnthus and board member, has over 20 years of leadership experience in cannabis, retail, and international sales, holding executive roles at Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Garage, and Curaleaf.

Tom Zuber,
Managing Partner – Zuber Lawler

Tom Zuber, founder and Managing Partner of Zuber Lawler, represents top cannabis companies and Fortune 500 clients. He founded Global Go and Global Cannabis Times, holding degrees from Columbia, Harvard, and Rutgers.

Kenneth Rose,
Fund Co-Manager – Abraxis Eagle Fund

Ken, an attorney with decades of banking law experience, co-manages three Cannabis Real Estate Funds and a Family Office Fund. He advises cannabis companies and sits on MSO boards. Ken is at the Benzinga NJ Cannabis Event.

Joshua Krane,
Executive General Manager – Garden Greens

Josh Krane, with expertise in cannabis operations and strategy, leads Garden Greens in the NJ market. Known for startup success and M&A proficiency, he brings dynamic leadership to the industry.

Gabriella Wilday,
CEO – Molly Ann Farms

Gabriella Wilday, CEO of Molly Ann Farms, brings 30+ years of leadership spanning tech, food service, and cannabis. A dedicated entrepreneur and philanthropist, she champions community health and education.

Joshua “Raz” Rassin,
Co-Founder – TICAL

Joshua Rassin, Co-Founder of TICAL, brings 20+ years of branding expertise, merging creativity with strategic vision. A cannabis advocate, his work fosters awareness and acceptance in design and cannabis industries.

Robert Vanisko,
VP, Public Engagement. – AYR Wellness

Robert Vanisko, leading communications at AYR Wellness, drives strategic messaging and public relations in the cannabis industry. As US Cannabis Council board member, he advocates for responsible policies and industry growth.

Precious Osagie-Erese,
Founder & CEO – PRECIOUS Canna Company

Precious Osagie-Erese, founder of PRECIOUS Canna Co. and co-founder of Roll Up Life, champions DEI in cannabis. With a background in journalism and strategic marketing, she promotes social equity and economic empowerment for Black and Brown communities.

Joseph Lustberg,
CEO – Upwise Capital

Joe Lustberg, CEO of Upwise Capital, is a fintech leader with expertise in financial products and cannabis debt financing. He drives the company in funding large transactions and has been featured in major publications.

Susanna Puntel Short,
Co-Founder and Co-Chair – New Jersey Cannabis Equity Association

Susanna is a cannabis industry consultant specializing in policy, compliance, and business strategy. Founder of the NJ Cannabis Trade Association, she champions social equity and advises on corporate responsibility.

Michael Blanche,
Co-Founder & Co-CEO – Surfside Solutions Inc.

Michael Blanche, co-founder/co-CEO of Surfside, specializes in tech for personalized commerce and advertising. With extensive experience in customer experience and digital products, he previously served as CTO at SITO and co-founded Comsite.

Darren Lampert,
CEO & Co-Founder – GrowGeneration

Mr. Lampert, CEO and Director since 2014, has a career spanning securities law, portfolio management, and proprietary trading. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Ithaca College and a J.D. from Bridgeport University.

Laurie Holcomb,
CEO – Gold Flora

Laurie Holcomb, CEO and founder, excels in commercial real estate and the cannabis industry. With a background in finance, she founded BlackStar Financial and Gold Flora, becoming a leader in California’s cannabis market.

Jenny Wyne,
Founder & CEO – Operational Excellence Consulting LLC

Jenny Wyne, a training and operations executive, excels in talent development, leadership programs, and compliance management. She drives operational excellence in retail and manufacturing, especially in the cannabis industry.

Robert Sciarrone,
Senior Vice President for the Northeast Region – Curaleaf

Robert Sciarrone, SVP for the Northeast Region at Curaleaf, has a background in venture capital and finance, with experience at Measure 8 Venture Partners and Ecolab Corporation. He holds a finance degree from Elon University.

Tyler Beuerlein,
Chief Strategic Business Development Officer – Safe Harbor Financial

As Chief Strategic Business Development Officer at Safe Harbor Financial, Tyler leverages his 8+ years in the cannabis industry to build brands, manage key relationships, and work with financial institutions, government officials, and regulatory bodies.

David Fettner,
Managing Partner – Grow America

David co-founded Grow America in 2017, combining his experience in commercial construction and zoning law with his passion for cannabis. Grow America offers comprehensive consulting, design, and build services for cannabis facilities nationwide.

Ray “Dab” Riga,
Founder/CEO – TLEHL

Founded in 2022 by CEO Ray “Dab” Riga, TLEHL benefits from Riga’s extensive experience in consulting, team management, and startups. A Rutgers graduate with an MBA from NYU Stern, he excels in brand strategy and operations.

Scheril Murray Powell,
Founder – Cannabis HR Council

Scheril Murray Powell Esq is a top cannabis attorney and former Director of Federal Affairs for the Florida Department of Agriculture. She champions diversity, equity, and social justice in cannabis, serving on several boards and committees.

Danielle Buntyon,
CEO – Jades Elevation

As CEO of Mink and Kimball Extracts and Jades Elevation, I manage cannabis and CBD product cultivation, processing, and distribution, achieving significant growth and community engagement. Passionate about education and reducing cannabis stigma.

Michael Marinaro,
Co-Founder & CEO – “Bada Bloom!, Inc.”

Michael, founder of Bada Bloom, has 15 years in legacy cannabis and 5 in the recreational market. A medical cannabis patient and advocate, he prioritizes safety and public health, with a background as a firefighter/EMT.

Dasheeda Dawson,
Founding Board Chair – Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition

Dasheeda Dawson, The WeedHead™, is a global cannabis advocate, business strategist, and author. She leads Cannabis NYC, co-founded CHEM, chairs the CRCC, and previously managed Portland’s cannabis program. MBA from Rutgers, BA from Princeton.

Ken VandeVrede,
CEO – Hillview

Ken VandeVrede, Founder and CEO of HillviewMed Inc., has 20 years of experience in cultivation and CPG products. He led Terra Tech Corp. to acquire $200M in assets and founded Kaló, a pioneering cannabis beverage brand. Ken serves on the ATACH Cannabis Beverage Council and was named a top NJ cannabis leader.

Solmarie Santiago Montalvo,
Co-Founder – The White Oak Bridge

Solmarie, a serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder of The White Oak Bridge and SOLÉI Beauty and Wellness Spa, has over 10 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business management. As a minority woman, she inspires others through strong leadership, honesty, and confidence.

Justin Frytz,
Co-Founder and CEO – The White Oak Bridge

Justin Frytz, Co-Founder and CEO of The White Oak Bridge, revolutionizes cannabis logistics in Connecticut. With over 20 years in sales and customer service, he excels in cannabis and real estate sectors, ensuring efficient solutions and premium customer service.

Ellie Siegel, Co-Founder and CEO – Longview Strategic

Ellie Siegel, attorney and business consultant, founded Longview Strategic to assist cannabis businesses with strategic advice and project management. She holds a JD/MBA from Rutgers and a BFA from NYU.

Giovanni Paul, Co-Founder – Noiré Dispensary

Giovanni Paul, cofounder of Noire Dispensary, leverages his business acumen and passion for community empowerment to lead cannabis businesses in NJ, promoting economic growth and alternative healing.

Matthew Shterenberg, CEO & CO-Founder – Deeproots Partners

Matt, a cannabis industry veteran, has spent the last 10 years guiding marketing and sales strategies for cannabis retailers and deliveries across the country driving millions in revenue, currently leading deeproots partners, an SEO focused digital marketing agency.

June 17th Agenda

8:00am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:05am

Opening Remarks

09:10am

Lessons From Leadership: State of the Garden State

Speakers :
Trip McDermott, COO – Verano
Anthony Coniglio, CEO – NewLake Capital Partners
Gia Morón, CEO – GVM Communications
Robert Sciarrone, Senior Vice President for the Northeast Region – Curaleaf

09:45am

Exclusive Fireside Discussion with GrowGeneration

Speakers :
Darren Lampert, CEO & Co-Founder – GrowGeneration
Ellie Siegel, Founder and CEO – Longview Strategic

10:05am

How To Make It In Jersey Without Millions Of Dollars

Speakers :
Joseph Lustberg, CEO – Upwise Capital,
Tenisha Victor, – Tier 9
Scheril Murray Powell, Founder – Cannabis HR Council
Giovanni Paul, Co-Founder – Noiré Dispensary

10:40am

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

Discussion Powered By TLEHL

Speakers :
Pablo Zuanic, Managing Partner – Zuanic & Associates
Matt Karnes, Founder – GreenWave Advisors
Kenneth Rose, Fund Co-Manager – Abraxis Eagle Fund
Tyler Beuerlein, Chief Strategic Business Development Officer – Safe Harbor Financial

11:15am

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

Speakers:
Joshua Krane, Executive General Manager – Garden Greens
Gabriella Wilday, CEO – Molly Ann Farms
Lou Magazzu, Partner – Weiner Law Group LLP
David Fettner, Managing Partner – Grow America

11:45am

Exclusive Fireside Discussion

Speakers:
Tom Zuber, Managing Partner – Zuber Lawler
Laurie Holcomb, CEO – Gold Flora

12:05pm

Networking Lunch

1:00pm

Retail in the Garden State: The Municipal Control Effect

Speakers:
Robert Vanisko, VP, Public Engagement. – AYR Wellness
Laurie Parfitt, Founder & CEO – LKP Impact Consulting
Sarah Trent, Founder & CEO – Valley Wellness
Jason Ackerman, Founder – Joyleaf
Richie Proud, Chief Executive Officer and Director – iAnthus

1:30pm

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

Speakers:
Chirali V. Patel, Managing Partner – Blaze Law Firm LLC
Jennifer Cabrera, Partner – Vicente LLP
Suzan Nickelson, Founder & CEO – Holistic Solutions
Dr. Chanda Macias, CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Managers – Women Grow
Todd Johnson, NJCTA Executive Director – New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association

2:00pm

Exclusive Fireside Discussion

Speakers:
Susanna Puntel Short, Cannabis Industry Consultant – PLH Sciences
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Mayor of the City of Plainfield – City of Plainfield

2:20pm

How Brands Can Break Into The Garden State

Speakers:
Jon Purow, Partner – Greenspoon Marder LLP
Luna Stower, Chief Impact Officer – Ispire
Brian Adams, CEO – Nimbus Cannabis Co.
Joshua “Raz” Rassin, Co-Founder – TICAL
Ken VandeVrede, CEO – Hillview

2:50pm

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

Speakers:
Justin Singer, Partner – Feuerstein Kulick LLP
Donny Moskovic, Deal Junkie – Principal Strategist – Katz & Associates
Marc Claybon, Principal-Tax – Crowe
Dasheeda Dawson, Founding Board Chair – Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition

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3:20pm

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

Speakers:
Julio Casado, CEO – ANJA
Precious Osagie-Erese, Founder & CEO – PRECIOUS Canna Company
Michael Blanche, Co-Founder & Co-CEO – Surfside Solutions Inc.
Jenny Wyne, Founder & CEO – Operational Excellence Consulting LLC
Matthew Shterenberg, CEO and Co-Founder – Deeproots Partners

3:50pm

Canna Founders Pitch Competition Powered by Benzinga & Rooted in Good

Speakers: 

Ray “Dab” Riga, Founder/CEO – TLEHL
Danielle Buntyon, CEO – Jades Elevation
Matha Figaro, Co-Founder & CEO – CannPowerment
Michael Marinaro, Co-Founder & CEO – “Bada Bloom!, Inc.

4:35pm

Fireside

4:50pm

Winners Announced – Pitch Competition

5:00pm

Cocktails & Networking

Ticket Pricing

Tickets

Price

General Admission – 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.

$249.00

$197.00

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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 registration@benzinga.com

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The Venue

NBPAC  |  New Brunswick, NJ

60 Bayard St. New Brunswick, NJ 08901

NBPAC features two state-of-the-art theatrical venues in the Elizabeth Ross Johnson and Arthur Laurents Theaters, dedicated studios, collaborative work spaces for arts organizations across the region, as well as 207 residential apartments and public parking.

Parking Information

There are two recommended parking garages. Click here for more parking information.

  1. NBPAC Parking Garage – 60 Bayard St, New Brunswick
  2. Morris Street Deck – Rockoff Hall, 70 New St. New Brunswick

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