Biggest cannabis industry event on N.J. legal weed trends on March 8: Speakers, topics, how to buy tickets

February 28, 2023 ·

March 2023 marks the fifth anniversary since NJ Cannabis Insider launched with a weekly newsletter and seasonal conferences. With the market open for nearly a year, hundreds of companies permitted to open cannabis operations, and more to come, this will be our biggest business conference, yet.

For March 8, NJ Cannabis Insider’s all-day conferencewill be the state’s largest business networking event, featuring more than two dozen speakers and several new features to mirror what’s happenings in the industry.

Tickets are on sale now for the conference. A select number of discounted tickets also are available for social equity applicants.

The full line up, presentation topics, sponsors, vendors and special discovery areas:


CannaTalks & Presentations

Government Services

How State Agencies Want to Help You Succeed


I Have A Conditional or An Annual License, Now What?

Legacy to licensed: How I Got Here


Operational Readiness: Developing Strategies to Prevent Fines and Production Delays

  • Warren Harasz, VP of Regulatory Compliance at Cannaspire
Government Services and Social Equity

Understanding How The CRC Application Process Works

  • Welsey McWhite III, director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the CRC
Contract Agreements

Ins and Outs of Management Service, Vendor and Financial Source Agreements

  • Mollie Hartman Lustig, an attorney, is the chair of McLaughlin and Stern’s Cannabis Practice Group

Here’s How We Negotiated Lease Agreements

  • Nathan Yanovitch, partner and CEO at Puffin Store NJ
  • Gabriel Eustache, partner and VP of Legal and Operations at Puffin Store NJ
Next Steps

It’s Never Too Early To Think of Scale: How to Build and Grow Your Operation

Lunch & Learn Panel hosted by the New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn

Local and federal policy: What’s Next For N.J.’s Cannabis Marketplace?

  • Edmund DeVeaux, president of the NJCBA
  • Marianne Bays, the vice president of the NJCBA
  • Scott Rudder, founder of the NJCBA, and owner of Township Green Dispensary
  • Mike Turner, strategic advisor for the NJCBA

Everything You Need To Know About Municipal Approval

Raising Capital

How To Set Up Your Small Business For Investors


We Changed Our Business Plan, Then We Won Investment

  • Tiyahnn Bryant, co-founder and CEO of Roll Up Life
  • Precious Osagie-Erese, co-founder and COO of Roll Up Life

Why I Gave Back $10M in Investment Money

Raising Capital

How To Be Profitable Without Breaking The Rules

  • Todd Polyniak, partner at SAX, cannabis accounting
  • David Cunic, founder of UCS Advisors, an investor relations specialist
Real Estate and Building

It’s Not A Buyer’s Market. Plan Your Build Now. Know The Costs and Timetables


I’m Opening A Consumption Lounge, This Is How

A Checklist of Everything You Need Before You Open Your Doors

The Speed Networking Session presented by Puffin Store NJ

NJ Cannabis Insider has partnered with The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA) to moderate the 40-minute, intense speed-networking session designed to help license-holders meet other license-holders and all the other businesses they need to build and grow their operations.

Sponsors and exhibitors

  • Hance Construction, NJ Cannabis Insider Founding Sponsor, was selected to build one of the first cannabis grow facilities in New Jersey, and has since worked on other cannabis projects big and small, offering consulting and site-location services.
  • Longview Strategic provides advisory services and industry insights to public, private and not-for-profit entities throughout the country. With years of active experience, Longview has been able to provide top quality counsel, secure hallmark resources and connections, and contribute writing services for client projects and developments. Longview is sponsor of The Women’s Discovery Area.
  • AYR Dispensaries in Eatontown, Woodbridge and Union are a proud sponsor of The Social Equity Discovery Area — and dedicated to all medical patients and adult-use customers in the New Jersey communities it serves.
  • Puffin Store NJ, a certified woman- and minority-owned company with a dispensary opening in downtown New Brunswick in 2023. Puffin is committed to transparency, safety and customer satisfaction every day. Puffin is sponsor of The Speed Networking Session.
  • Cannaspire, NJ Cannabis Insider Spotlight Sponsor, a certified woman-owned business, was founded in 2018 by leading business, cannabis, and Wall Street veterans with over 80 years of combined experience. Starting as a cannabis security service, Cannaspire expanded its offerings and team to meet the growing needs of the market at large for dispensaries, process-manufacturers, grows, and state and local policymakers.
  • Trichome Analytical, headquartered in Mount Laurel Township, offers the highest standard in accurate, compliant and comprehensive cannabis and industrial hemp testing and consulting services for cultivators, processors, retailers and regulatory agencies.
  • Zenco, secure and cashless payment solutions for cannabis, offering a customizable transaction fee that allows merchants to decide what they want to charge their customers.
  • Cova builds innovative retail software solutions specifically for dispensaries. Its POS & Inventory Management platform is designed to simplify compliance, streamline complex dispensary operations, and empower dispensaries to deliver the best possible shopping experience. Based in Denver, Cova is powering more than 1,800 retail locations across North America.
  • Stender is a family owned, promotional products supplier to the cannabis industry. While Stender is a new company, its parent company SHC Holdings recently celebrated its 50th year in business. Stender’s global sourcing, along with its fun and creative SWAG aims to leave an impression on anyone who receives a branded product.
  • Township Green, a dispensary opening in 2023 in Riverside Township in Burlington County, is built on a passion for sharing expertise and creating a positive impact in the community it serves.
  • Valley Wellness, a woman-owned medical dispensary in Raritan, providing the highest quality service to our medical patients, is in the process of applying to convert to adult use sales.
  • New Jersey Business Action Center, which was founded 40 years ago, has helped a range of businesses, from wineries, apparel manufacturers and medical device suppliers. With its new Cannabis Technical Assistance Program, it will now work on helping entrepreneurs in the space.
The Women’s Discovery Area presented by Longview Strategic

A spotlight on women-founded and owned by women:

The Social Equity Discovery Area presented by AYR Dispensary

A spotlight on businesses state-certified as social equity:

Our strategic partners

  • New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, the Garden State’s largest trade group, operating as the state’s cannabis chamber of commerce.
  • Stockton University, the interdisciplinary minor in Cannabis Studies offers students a foundation for understanding the burgeoning cannabis industry. Stockton recently opened The Cannabis & Hemp Research Institute, which will research hemp cultivation and develop lab testing.
  • Women Grow the global leader in connecting, educating, inspiring, and empowering the next generation of women leaders in the cannabis and hemp industry.
  • Cannabis Insider Jobs, in collaboration with NJ Cannabis Insider, is dedicated to helping individuals find a career in the cannabis industry, leveraging its digital presence through’s parent company Advance Local.

To purchase tickets, visit NJ Cannabis Insider Live. A select number of discounted tickets also are available for social equity applicants. (Full Story)

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