N.J. cannabis career fair at Stockton U. to bring together industry as legal market prepares to open


Last week, the state awarded 14 new cannabis business permits to further expand the medical and consumer cannabis market in New Jersey. All eyes are now set on February 2022, which is when the state estimates doors will open for consumers 21 years and older to purchase recreational weed.

To connect the industry with the future workforce, NJ Cannabis Insider, New Jersey CannaBusiness Association and Stockton University are hosting a full-day Cannabis Career Fair & Business Expo on Nov. 17. The event at Stockton University in Galloway will feature keynotes from business leaders, professionals in the space and a vendor floor for networking. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student tickets are $20; industry professionals pay $100. (Purchase tickets here.)

“Employment in the cannabis industry is the next wave of opportunity for students and professionals looking to answer the question ‘what’s next?’” said Edmund DeVeaux, president, the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, who will moderate a panel focused on opportunities in non-leaf touching businesses. “The challenge is to make sure hiring companies do not manipulate the employment ladder to the exclusion of people who had been in the unregulated industry for years, successfully.”

As part of the program, attendees will have the opportunity to take a professional headshot photo for LinkedIn or other use. Job seekers will have one-on-one opportunities with New Jersey cannabis companies with openings.

“As an institution of higher education, Stockton University has been at the forefront of preparing our students to enter this new industry,” said Ekaterina Sedia, professor of Biology and coordinator of Minor in Cannabis Studies. “It is our responsibility as educators to ensure that our students have a wide knowledge base to prepare them for the ever changing world, but also to give them enough skills to take advantage of novel employment opportunities.”

Confirmed speakers include: Faye Coleman, of Pure Genesis; Rob Mejia, of Stockton University; Stacey Udell of HBK Accounting; Jeffery Booker of CannaCoverage; Precious Osagie-Erese of Rollup Life; and Tara ‘Misu’ Sargente of Blazin’ Bakery. More speakers will be announced soon.

Sponsors so far include:

  • The Botanist is a retail and product brand created to help wellness seekers. They listen and help guide patients and consumers as they discover cannabis and the power of herbal wellness.
  • HBK CPA, a multidisciplinary financial services firm, offering the collective intelligence of professionals committed to delivering exceptional client service across a wide range of tax, accounting, audit, business advisory, valuation, financial planning, wealth management and support services from offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York and Florida.
  • Columbia Care is one of the largest and most experienced multi-state operators in the medical cannabis industry, with licenses in 15 jurisdictions in the U.S. and the EU. In New Jersey it has two dispensaries, including the Cannabist in Deptford.
  • Hance Construction was selected to build one of the first cannabis grow facilities in New Jersey, and has since worked on other cannabis projects, offering consulting and site-location services.
  • Kaló, a hemp infused seltzer drink from Hillview Med, a New Jersey-based and family-owned cannabis company.
  • NJ Cannabis Certified, which provides training for all entry level jobs in the cannabis industry, including dispensary training and entry level cultivation and lab technician training.
  • UFCW Local 152, represents 14,000 workers in retail stores, healthcare facilities, manufacturing, public sector, and much more across four states.
  • 420NJEvents, a Black-owned lifestyle company that focuses on lifting communities damaged by the War on Drugs. NJ Cannabis Insider is media sponsor of the 420NJEvents October career workshop.
  • 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.

To reserve your spot, visit the ticket page here.

NJ Cannabis Insider is a B2B resource that connects businesses through a weekly subscriber-only trade journal and monthly events. It is part of NJ Advance Media, the parent company of NJ.com, The Star-Ledger and other affiliated newspapers. For more information, email staff here.



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