New Jersey residents will decide whether to legalize cannabis in the Garden State on Election Day. State officials and cannabis business leaders are not taking the vote for granted — but they are preparing for eventual legalization.
What would a legal market in New Jersey look like? And will hemp — the plant used to make CBD — be a new cash crop for the Garden State?
These and many other questions will be addressed by New Jersey’s cannabis top industry leaders on March 10 at the NJ Cannabis Insider Live: The Road to Legalization conference presented by Curaleaf NJ.
The all-day event, which starts at 10:30 a.m. at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, also packs in serious networking opportunities, an exhibitors vendor, lunch and a happy hour. Tickets are still available; click here for details. (Doors open at 10 a.m.)
Sponsored by Curaleaf NJ, Supreme Security Systems, Ansell, Grimm & Aaron, CTPharma, and HillviewMed, the conference is the fourth large-scale event NJ Cannabis Insider has produced since launching in 2018.
Topics of discussion will include banking, payroll, insurance, licensing, local and federal regulations, minority entry into the industry, activism, and more!
Here’s the lineup of speakers and panels:
Jeff Brown, head of the state Medicinal Marijuana Program
Brown is the assistant commissioner in charge of oversight of the Department of Health’s Medicinal Marijuana Program during Gov. Phil Murphy’s first term. He previously served as the vice president of policy for the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey.
Devra Karlebach, CEO of Green Thumb Technologies (GTI) New Jersey
Karlebach not only serves as the CEO of GTI-NJ, a subsidiary of the multi-state cannabis company, Green Thumb Industries (GTI), she’s CEO of technology company, Glyphic. GTI-NJ was among the six multi-state operators to receive a permit for medical cannabis operations in New Jersey last year. She was listed among the 20 people, places and things to watch in 2020 by NJ Cannabis Insider.
Panel: Update on the Garden State market
The latest primer on what’s happening with the recent Request for Applications, licenses, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, the November ballot referendum and everything in between.
Bill Caruso, attorney at Archer Law
Caruso, the former executive director of the state Assembly Majority Office and chief of staff to former Rep. Rob Andrews, is a prominent fixture in the cannabis industry. Caruso, an attorney with Archer Law, also represents New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform.
Arlene Quiñones Perez
Quiñones Perez, a partner at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, previously served as general counsel to the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. She is also the vice president of the northern region for the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.
Fruqan Mouzon, attorney at McElory, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter
Mouzon is Of Counsel and chair of the McElory, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter’s cannabis practice group. He previously served as general counsel for the New Jersey State Senate Majority Office where he provided advice on constitutional, procedural and other legal or ethical issues, and in drafting legislation.
Lynn Nowak, lobbyist at Porzio Governmental Affairs
Nowak serves as the co-chair of Porzio Governmental Affairs’ Cannabis Task Force and regularly monitors cannabis related legislation in New Jersey and lobbies on behalf of clients. The task force leverages complementary resources from Porzio, Bromberg & Newman — PGA’s parent company.
Panel: Ins and outs of licensing
Get a rundown from professionals on the nitty-gritty, granular details on the Department of Health’s Request for Applications round, the licensing process and much more.
Scottie Gordon, VP of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs at Curaleaf
Prior to joining Curaleaf (headquartered in Massachusetts) in April 2019, Gordon was chief operating officer of Ermont, the seventh vertically integrated medical marijuana facility to open in Massachusetts.
Josh Bauchner, attorney at Ansell Grimm & Aaron
Bauchner is a partner with Ansell Grimm & Aaron, co-chair of the litigation department, head of the cannabis law practice group and a member of the community association law and bankruptcy practice groups.
Lisa Gora, attorney at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer
Gora is a health law and cannabis attorney with Wilentz. She is on the Board of both the Cannabis Law Committee and the Health and Hospital Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also the chair of the Medical Staff, Credentialing, Peer Review Committee within the American Health Lawyers Association
Eric Reiser, attorney at LoFaro & Reiser
Reiser is a partner at LoFaro & Reiser and the chair of the firm’s cannabis law group. He’s been recognized as a rising star in business litigation by New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2016-2018, and inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America publication in 2018.
Panel: NIMBY (Not in my backyard) or Welcome to town?
Mayors, municipal officials and professionals weigh in on how to navigate home rule, local zoning and public outreach.
Chirali Patel, attorney at Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Brody & Agnello
Patel serves as counsel at Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Brody & Agnello. She’s previously served as the assistant county counsel for Bergen County, as assistant corporation counsel for Hoboken and as assistant municipal prosecutor for Hoboken.
Colleen Mahr, mayor of Fanwood
Mahr is the mayor of Fanwood, the immediate past president of the N.J. League of Municipalities and the co-chair of the Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance.
Mike McQueeny, attorney at Genova Burns
McQueeny is counsel at Genova Burns and co-chair of the firm’s cannabis practice and frequently advises clients on all aspects of the legal cannabis and CBD industry. In 2018, he was selected as a fellow of Lead New Jersey, an organization focused on leadership development in the Garden State.
Stacey D. Udell, of HBK Valuation Group
Udell is the director of valuation, litigation and forensics for the Mid-Atlantic Region of HBK Valuation Group. She’s a core member of HBK’s Cannabis Industry Group and has helped cannabis entities develop strategies to maximize the value of their firms.
Sheena C. Collum, mayor of South Orange
Collum was elected in May 2015 as president of Township of South Orange Village Professionally, Collum is the executive director of the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter, a statewide planning organization whose mission is to help build stronger communities.
Panel: Medical cannabis — The next frontier
Medical professionals discuss the state of cannabis research and the forces shaping it.
Jackie Cornell, of 1906
Cornell served as the principal deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health before joining 1906 in 2019. Cornell serves as the chief of health and policy innovations for 1906, where she focuses on corporate responsibility and social justice advocacy.
Dr. David Nathan of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation
Nathan, a psychiatrist, is the founder of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and a founding committee member of New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform. He’s served as the director of continuing medical education for Penn Medicine Princeton Health since 2008 and as the director of professional education for Princeton House Behavioral Health since 1999.
Dr. Monica Taing, medical science liaison for 4Front Advisors
Taing is a clinical cannabis consultant and the first pharmacist appointed to the board of directors for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. She serves as the medical science liaison for 4Front Advisors, and the national director of research and clinical education for Minorities for Medical Marijuana.
Tom Schultz, CEO of CTPharma
Schultz, a former Wall Street lawyer and investment banker, is CEO of CTPharma, a licensed medical marijuana producer in Connecticut. The president of the state’s medical cannabis producers’ association, he is also founder of the Canaan Foundation, which works on technology initiatives for local schools in Africa.
Sheila Mints, attorney at Capehart Scatchard
Mints is chair of Healthcare Practice and chair of Cannabis Law Practice at Capehart Scatchard. Her experience in healthcare transactional matters includes shareholder and employment agreements and purchases and sales of medical practices. As chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group.
Panel: Hemp — Understanding N.J.’s new cash crop
Cannabis may be in limbo until November, but it’s full speed ahead for hemp in New Jersey. Learn about the regulations, licensing process and players shaping the industry.
Joseph Zoltowski, director of the state Division of Plant Industry
Zoltowski has served as the director of the Division of Plant Industry at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture since 2015. He previously worked as a supervising entomologist for the Gypsy Moth, Nursery Inspection and CAPS survey programs.
Jennifer Cabrera, attorney at Vicente Sederberg
Cabrera serves as counsel at Vicente Sederberg and co-manages the firm’s New York office. In this role, she helps clients with regulatory and commercial matters relating to cannabis and hemp with a focus on New York and New Jersey markets.
Scott Rudder, president of New Jersey CanaBusiness Association
Rudder is founder and president of New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, the state’s largest cannabis trade group. Prior to entering the cannabis space, Rudder was a state Assemblyman, a mayor and a veteran. He had also led business development efforts for Lockheed Martin.
Panel: CBD — Navigating this exploding market
From knowing the current regulations — and the lack of — to what it takes to launch a viable CBD company.
Ken VandeVrede, founder and CEO of HillviewMed
VandeVrede is the founder and CEO of HillviewMed, and previously served as the COO of the West Coast cannabis company, TerraTech. He also co-founded and served as the president of Edible Garden, and as president of Gro-Rite, a family-owned greenhouse and garden center.
Dan McKillop, attorney at Scarinci Hollenbeck
McKillop, who has more than 15 years experience representing corporate and individual clients in complex environmental litigations and regulator proceedings, helms Scarinci Hollenbeck’s cannabis law practice group.
Amanda Terpstra, founder of Best Büds
Terpstra is founder and lead for research & development, business management and operations of the CBD e-commerce start-up Best Büds. She manages compliance and vetting of all vendors and product lines, including third-party lab verification review.
Panel: Cannabis activism — Preparing for the November ballot referendum
Despite more than 60% of New Jerseyans favoring legalization, it’s still not a sure bet come Election Day. What stands in the way?
Jackie Cornell, of 1906
Cornell served as the principal deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health before joining 1906 in 2019.
Sarah Fajardo, of ACLU-NJ
Fajardo is the policy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she develops and leads policy advocacy campaigns to advance the rights of New Jerseyans. Previously, she served as a policy analyst for the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies.
Elise Grosso, of Cannabis Voter Project
Grosso serves as the managing director of Cannabis Voter Project. Launched by HeadCount.org in 2018, the Project’s aim is to get at least one million self-identified cannabis voters to the polls in 2020. She previously served as COO of the Cannabis Marketing Association.
Panel: Insuring your canna-business
Understanding the risks and how to safeguard your property and people.
Karen Adamsbaum of John Morgan McLachlan Agency
Adamsbaum is a partner of the John Morgan McLachlan Agency, Inc. and a board director of Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of NJ. In 2012 she received the professional CIC designation as Certified Insurance Counselor.
Holly DeLorenzo, of Hardenbergh Insurance Group
DeLorenzo is an insurance broker at Hardenbergh Insurance Group, where she focuses on business development for cannabis, health care and the construction industries.
Max Meade, of Brown & Brown.
Meade serves as an insurance advisor at Brown & Brown Insurance where he focuses on property, casualty, life and health insurance.
Panel: N.J.’s Commitment to Diversity — Moving from conversation to action
Everyone talks about inclusivity and diversity in the cannabis industry, but this panel will weigh in with how to ensure there’s follow through from the industry and regulator.
Leo Bridgewater, national director of EdifyPAC
Bridgewater, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, was at the forefront of getting PTSD added to the list of qualifying conditions under the state’s Medicinal Marijuana Program. He national director for veterans outreach for M4MM; and national director of EdifyPAC.
Imani Dawson, of MJM Strategy
Dawson serves as the vice president and managing partner of MJM Strategy, a minority-led strategic consulting group for the cannabis industry, as the founder and president for Tribe Called Curl Media and as communications director for Minorities for Medical Marijuana. Dawson previously served as press secretary for the NYC Office of the Public Advocate.
Jessica F. Gonzalez attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross
Gonzalez serves as a cannabis and intellectual property attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross, as outside general counsel for Minorities for Medical Marijuana, and sits on the board of advisers for QA Canna, a cannabis quality assurance company. Gonzalez was also recently selected as a 2020 fellow for the New Jersey Leaders Council.
Roz McCarthy, founder/CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana
In 2017, McCarthy was recognized by High Times Magazine as one of the top 100 influential people in cannabis. M4MM is a nonprofit organization providing advocacy, education, training, and outreach to underserved communities.
Panel: Banking on it
Deposits, financing, payroll compliance and the myriad of other challenges facing cannabis businesses.
Dominic DuCap, VP for BCB Bank
DuCap is vice president and BSA officer for BCB Bank. A certified anti-money laundering specialist, DuCap is responsible for building BCB Bank’s marijuana banking program, which was launched in 2014.
Harry Carpenter, of Citrin Cooperman
Carpenter is a CPA and a partner at Citrin Cooperman with more than 20 years of experience. He serves as the New Jersey practice leader for the firm’s cannabis advisory services practice.
Teresa Kearney, of Panacea Payroll
Kearney is the sales director of Panacea Payroll, located west of Philadelphia. Panacea Payroll is solely focused on providing payroll, HR and timekeeping services to the cannabis and hemp industries in all 50 states.
George Irwin, CEO of Green Living Technologies International
Irwin is CEO of Green Living Technologies International. For two decades, Irwin has pioneered advanced technologies that have revolutionized the cannabisindustry. His companies include HOPE Holistic HealTHCare, VertiKal Technologies, and GLTCannabis.
The NJ Cannabis Insider Live: Road to Legalization presented by Curaleaf NJ is brought to you by our partners: Archer Law, Genova Burns, BGill Group, Scarnici Hollenbeck, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Capehart Scatchard, 1906, HBK, Citrin Cooperman, Adaptive HR, John Morgan McLachlan Agency, Hardenbergh Insurance Group, Panacea Payroll and Vicente Sederberg.
Tickets to the March 10 event are available here.