It hasn’t snowed yet in New Jersey, but there’s been a flurry of activity in the cannabis space in 2023, adding momentum to the nearly $200 million of legal weed sold in the state last year.

Last week, the state approved 56 more cannabis businesses to move forward in the licensing process: Eight annual licenses — five for retailers, two for growers or cultivators and one manufacturer of cannabis products; six graduating from the conditional phase to an annual license and 42 conditional licenses.

New Jersey’s most influential cannabis entrepreneurs, local lawmakers and a state business agency will help kick off the year for the cannabis industry at a serious networking session starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at Zeppelin Hall in Jersey City. Here’s your last chance to buy tickets online.

Jersey City Councilman Yousef Saleh, who has been one of the city’s most outspoken supporters of the industry, will answer questions during Q&A, hosted by NJ Cannabis Insider, the state’s premier B2B publication and events group.

Following Saleh, cannabis attorney, educator and advocate Jessica Gonzalez, who was recently named by the New Jersey Business Action Center’s Cannabis Technical Assistance Program and Training Academy; and Ed DeVeaux, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, the state’s defacto Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, will speak about opportunities and challenges for 2023.

Vendors and partners, include:

  • Cannaspire (formerly CannaBeSecure), 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 & local policymakers.
  • Insign, a turn-key solution for retail environments, is a family-owned and operated for over 30 years in New Jersey. From Design to fabrication and installation all under one roof, Insign delivers unmatched levels of quality thanks to an experienced and talented design team, as well as a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
  • 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.
  • Dispensary ATM Services, a cannabis industry leader in ATM Installation, sales and service, specializing in providing ATMs for high-volume dispensaries.
  • New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, the Garden State’s largest trade group, operating as the state’s cannabis chamber of commerce.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured speakers will begin their talk shortly after 6 p.m., about the industry’s most pressing issues. Networking and the vendor space will open from 7-10 p.m. Price of admission includes two drinks and happy hour eats. Tickets are $125. The meetup takes place at Zeppelin Hall Beer Garden, 88 Liberty View Drive.

There are a limited number of tickets. For more information or to register for the event, go here.

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By Antoni

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