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January 14, 2019

NJ Cannabis Media to host new ATC owners Feb. 21

Written by Marc Schwarz

NJ Cannabis Media is bringing C-Suite executives together at a special event, “Meet New Jersey’s New ATC Operators” on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township.

From the 146 applications submitted to the New Jersey Department of Health, these are the ones who
succeeded in winning a license.

NJ Cannabis Media Chief Content Officer Marc Schwarz will moderate this special panel, including:

  • Michael Nashat, CEO of TerrAscend and founder of NETA NJ: Will operate in Phillipsburg. TerrAscend Corp., a Canadian bio-pharmaceutical and wellness company, is the majority owner of its subsidiary, NETA NJ.
  • Devra Karlebach, CEO of GTI New Jersey: Will operate in Paterson. Green Thumb Industries (GTI) is a national cannabis cultivator, processor and dispensary operator.
  • George Archos, co-founder and COO of Verano New Jersey: Will operate a dispensary in Elizabeth and cultivation site in Rahway. Verano is a holding company made up of multiple smaller operations that were recently consolidated under central ownership.
  • Jamil Taylor, CEO of Justice Grown New Jersey: Will operate in Ewing Township. Justice Grown operates a medical marijuana facility in Edwardsville, Pa.
  • Adam Goers, head of external affairs, Columbia Care: Will operate in Vineland. Columbia Care, with operations in 14 states,  is one of the nation’s largest and most experienced manufacturer and provider of medical cannabis products and services.

Joy A. Strand, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, will present the keynote address. Before joining the commission in December 2017, Strand served as the chief executive officer for two hospital systems. Maryland has 71 medical marijuana dispensaries with another 31 awaiting approval, 14 licensed growers and 14 licensed processors.

Hear from the new operators as they discuss their plans for New Jersey. Topics to be discussed include;

  • The to-do list: Getting up and running
  • Working with local businesses and contractors
  • Hiring and training employees
  • Compliance as regulations evolve
  • The decision on transitioning from medical to potential adult-use market
  • Understanding changing market conditions

The event begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Following opening remarks by NJ Cannabis Media’s Tom Curtin and Schwarz, Strand will deliver the keynote. The panel will run from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at bit.ly/NJATCs.

For sponsorship information, call Tom Curtin at 908-963-9525.



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