New Jersey Cannabis Summit, ‘Growing a Sustainable Industry In The Garden State,’ Set For Oct. 24

NEW JERSEY: NJ Cannabis Media will host the inaugural New Jersey Cannabis Summit, “Growing a Sustainable Industry in the Garden State,” Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township.

The keynote speaker will be Barbara Brohl, the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue who helped to  develop legislation and rules around regulatory and enforcement matters for the marijuana industry.

Brohl, currently a principal at B J Brohl Strategies, where she consults on drug policy strategies for the 21st century, will be joined at the event by speakers and panelists representing a broad cross-section of the industry that includes: Shaya Brodchandel, chief executive officer of Harmony Dispensary; Jeff Brown, assistant commissioner, Medicinal Marijuana Program, New Jersey Department of Health; Bob Daino, chief operating officer of Acreage Holdings; Dianna Houenou, policy counsel of ACLU-New Jersey; Devra Karlebach, chief executive officer of GTI New Jersey; Skip Motsenbocker, president and co-founder of Floris Capital Management LLC; Leise Rosman, chief operating officer of 4Front Ventures; Tara Sargente, owner and founder of Blazin’ Bakery; George Schidlovsky: president of Curaleaf New Jersey; Beth Stavola, chief operating officer and president of MPX NJ; Sean Stiefel, founder, Navy Capital LLC and Bert Steinman, mayor of Ewing Township.

New Jersey Cannabis Summit – current sponsors include Brach Eichler, Connell Foley, Riker Danzig, Norris McLaughlin and Pennoni – will highlight the opportunities and obstacles in this multi-billion-dollar industry in the Garden State. It will focus on doing business in an industry that faces unique issues – especially while marijuana remains prohibited at the federal level.

The all-day event, which will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m., includes panels on: Establishing a legal and compliant cannabis business; the application process; access to capital – funding options for your cannabis business; opportunities and obstacles in running a dispensary; opportunities and obstacles in manufacturing; and opportunities and obstacles in growing.

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Coachella Valley Is Cultivation Central For California Indoor

By Stu Zakim

CALIFORNIA: The Coachella Valley Cannabis Alliance Network (CVCAN) and its second annual cultivation conference this past weekend in Desert Springs CA painted a very positive picture of the state of cannabis cultivation.


A series of panel conversations combined with a selection of vendors pointed to Desert Springs and the surrounding area becoming the heartbeat of the indoor grow sector for California.  The attendees were also offered a tour of the grow facility used by CannaDescent, one of the more exciting brands in California, with a look at their grow rooms, dry rooms and the hand roll departments.  As part of that tour the guests were shown a video that detailed CannaDescent’s expansion plans to increase the amount of cannabis they’re producing with added growing space.

“the free ride for cultivators and their power use is over"

“the free ride for cultivators and their power use is over”

One of the hot buttons at the conference was when will California follow Massachusetts with establishing regulations impacting the amount and costs of electricity and water that cultivators will be able to use.   While those costs are high, the Coachella Valley’s weather provides an ideal setting for producers utilizing alternative sources for electricity.  According to Jonathan Cachat, PHd, CTO of SunGrown Zero, a proprietary hybrid-light cultivation facility powered by natural sunlight, “the free ride for cultivators and their power use is over.  We definitely see a trend in the adult use legalized states that are limiting and restricting the levels of electricity for cannabis cultivators and that is one reason the trailer that demonstrates how SunGrown Zero works was such a hit at CVCAN.”


attendees were also offered a tour of the grow facility used by CannaDescent, one of the more exciting brands in California

attendees were also offered a tour of the grow facility used by CannaDescent, one of the more exciting brands in California

For all the attendees, the highlight of the event came when Desert Springs Mayor, Scott Matas, praised the influx of tax revenue the cannabis industry is producing for his city and their budget projections for fiscal 2019 including new schools, parks and police officers saying they couldn’t do it without them.  He anticipates the new Coachillin Office Park, which will be entirely devoted to cannabis businesses, will be a major draw for all kinds of development.  If ony that message could get to Washington DC!