Dozens of legal weed stores to open in N.J. soon, cannabis industry buzzing ahead of July 20 networking event

July 12, 2023 · NJ.com

With nearly 100 companies in line to be approved by the state to open a cannabis retail store in the next few months, New Jersey will soon add to the already 34 dispensaries dotting the state.

Adding to this burst of approvals, CRC Chairwoman Dianna Houenou recently said more varied products produced in the state and improved access for medical marijuana patients will also expand the market.

Houneou will be among the featured speakers at NJ Cannabis Insider’s summer business networking event from 6-10 p.m. on July 20 at the oceanfront Waves Resort Long Branch. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Reserve tickets here.

Presented by CannaRemedies NJ, the business meetup will also include an informal discussion about what regulators look for in license applications and a primer on the new license classes becoming available in September: Wholesale, Distribution and Delivery.

Joining Houenou during the hour-long speaker program will be:

  • Kelly Anderson, CRC deputy executive director
  • Megan Tagliaferri,CRC director of Licensing
  • Genevieve Jones, program manager at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
  • Penni Wild,N.J. Business Action Center deputy executive director
  • Tauhid Chappell,executive director of the NJBAC Cannabis Training Academy

The networking session at the gorgeous seaside resort will start shortly after 7 p.m. when the speakers are done taking questions from the audience. The $125 price of ticket includes happy hour eats and two drinks. Garage and metered parking is nearby. Tickets for these events often sellout.

In addition to CannaRemediesNJ, a women-led and operated soon-to-open retail dispensary in Ewing, the event is supported by these sponsors and vendors:

  • 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.
  • Saul Ewing Law, NJ Cannabis Insider badge partner, advises state cannabis license applicants and awardees, ancillary service and product providers, investors, management companies, and various other entities affected by federal and state marijuana laws, such as food and beverage and cosmetics companies, colleges and universities, and long-term care facilities, on a variety of cannabis law matters.
  • 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.
  • All Space, thoughtful space design meets full-service fabrication and installation with over 30 years of experience. Our design and project management team work to understand everything about your needs and vision for your space. Quality and efficiency mean everything to us.
  • Viking Pest Control offers pesticide and rodenticide-free solutions for cannabis cultivators and other cannabis businesses. For more than 40 years, Viking has provided businesses prevention services with new technology and sustainable solutions.
  • 5S Security, comprised of a team of professionals, ensures rigorous ongoing training, cutting-edge protocols, and tactical expertise for the highest levels of protection and professionalism in the industry. Whether you need armed or unarmed guards, their team of seasoned professionals make sure your cannabis facility remains safe and secure at all times.
  • 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.
  • The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), is the state’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development. It recently created the Cannabis Equity Grant Program, aimed at helping start-ups in the state develop with assistance for early-stage expenses and technical training. Up to $10 million in state funding will be made available for applicants.
  • All Funding Solutions is a New Jersey credit and debit card processing system. With several years of experience, All Funding Solutions takes the stress out of cash management and ID verification with a fluid payment processing experience.

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