With N.J. legal weed market to open soon, Stockton U. career fair connects cannabis jobs seekers with employers


The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission just awarded 50 companies permits to grow recreational weed legally, and another 18 to manufacture cannabis goods. With state medical cannabis sellers expected to get permission to sell to adult consumers by summer, the market will soon open.

On April 5 students and job seekers eager to enter the cannabis space will be able to meet with employers at The Cannabis Career Fair and Business Expo, co-hosted by NJ Cannabis Insider, the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association and Stockton University.

The event at Stockton University in Galloway will feature keynotes from cannabis business leaders, professionals and a vendor floor for networking. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student tickets enter free; industry professionals pay $99. (Purchase tickets here.)

Masks are no longer required in most indoor spaces on Stockton campuses for those who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Anyone wishing to wear a mask may continue to do so.

A professional headshot photo station will be available throughout the day, courtesy of Columbia Care.

The event program includes the following:

Keynote
  • Scott Rudder, President Emeritus & Founder, The New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn.
Cannabis Opportunities: From the Classroom to the Workplace Panel
  • Volley Hayhurst, VP Operations at Columbia Care
  • Alexia Grillos, student at Stockton University
  • Michael Scaffidi, Community Outreach coordinator for Curaleaf
The Green Rush: Opportunities for Ancillary Businesses Panel
  • Hector Corchado, former Deputy Mayor and Councilman in Newark, retired law enforcement professional
  • Jason Thomas, founder & CEO of Precision Quality & Compliance (PQC)

CannaTalk sessions

Fail Fest – Learning from mistakes — Faye Coleman, CEO of Pure Genesis

Resources for Getting into the Business — Ekaterina Sedia, coordinator for Stockton’s interdisciplinary Minor in Cannabis

Hemp + CBD opportunities — Jill Cohen, CEO of The CannaBoss Lady

What’s Next: Hospitality + Consumption Lounges — Kash McKinley, director of Constituent Services at City of Atlantic City

All Things Edibles — Tara “Misu” Sargente, CEO of Blazin’ Bakery

Vendor expo floor

Companies represented include:

  • The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association (Spotlight sponsor), is an organization made up of the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries and who will be the first to open their shops to the adult consumer market
  • Columbia Care (Headshot sponsor) 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
  • Longview Strategic provides advisory services and industry insights to public, private and not-for-profit entities throughout the country. With years of active experience, we’ve been able to provide top quality counsel, secure hallmark resources and connections, and contribute writing services for client projects and developments.
  • 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.
  • ATH NJ, is committed to social equity, a positive work space, product quality control, regulatory compliance, and sustainable green energy practice
  • Earth & Ivy, a New Jersey-based company built by former Ivy League and Division I student athletes. Its mission is to create a customer-centric, safe retail environment for cannabis education, transparency and consultation
  • TerrAscend, a North American cannabis operator with vertically integrated operations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan and California, licensed cultivation and processing operations in Maryland and licensed production in Canada
  • Puffin, is committed to being a one-stop shop for cannabis needs with an aim to reimagine the cannabis experience in New Jersey.
  • 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.

This is the second career fair NJ Cannabis Insider, New Jersey CannaBusiness Assn. and Stockton University have co-hosted.

NJ Cannabis Insider is a weekly subscriber-based online trade journal and events group produced by NJ Advance Media, which also publishes NJ.com, The Star-Ledger and other affiliated papers. Are you interested in the N.J. cannabis industry? Subscribe here for insider exclusives. Email events staff here. Follow us on LinkedIn.



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