Can NJ’s Cannabis Market Overtake New York? Find Out at Benzinga Cannabis Market Spotlight Event

Cannabis Events New Jersey

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Benzinga, America’s fastest-growing financial news site, is excited to announce its next Cannabis Market Spotlight event and Canna Founders Pitch Competition, set to take place at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in New Jersey on June 17, 2024. Following a sold-out spotlight event in California in February and a 2,000-person Cannabis Capital Conference in Florida in April, Benzinga’s New Jersey conference is poised to cultivate high-impact networking and deliver an agenda that positions New Jersey and surrounding markets for success.

Cannabis Market Spotlight: New Jersey

Benzinga is hosting its next regional spotlight event in New Jersey on June 17th. While the Garden State will be the primary focus, we’re also getting inquiries from New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, which makes this a can’t-miss networking opportunity for the entire region.


This premier event, focused on high-impact networking, offers a chance to connect and create lasting business relationships. Engage with top industry figures in structured sessions and casual mixers, turning each interaction into a potential business breakthrough. It’s more than networking: It’s where the future of cannabis in New Jersey (and beyond) is shaped. Be part of the defining conversation.

The Pitch Contest

Benzinga has partnered with Rooted in Good, Curaleaf’s philanthropy arm, to bring the Canna Founders Pitch Competition to New Jersey. If you are running a business with a product or service in the market and ready for sales, with less than $250,000 in revenue last year, you are welcome to apply until June 3rd!


  • Winner: $5,000 and a chance to compete in the Rooted In Good Cannabis Demo Day during Boston Cannabis Week for an additional $25,000.
  • Runner-Up: $2,500 and a chance to compete in the Rooted In Good Cannabis Demo Day during Boston Cannabis Week for an additional $25,000.

Event Topics and Speakers

Join us and:

  1. Discover New Jersey’s burgeoning cannabis market potential and retail opportunities.
  2. Understand supply chain logistics and cultivation challenges in a newly legal landscape.
  3. Navigate New Jersey’s regulatory framework and compliance for cannabis businesses.
  4. Discuss strategies for shifting the illicit market to a regulated, legal framework.
  5. Network with New Jersey state officials, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors.
  6. Gain insights from high-profile figures and pioneers in the cannabis industry.
  7. Explore the role of cannabis lounges as unique tourism attractions near NYC.

Featured Speakers:

  1. Jennifer Cabrera, Partner – Vicente LLP
  2. Jon Purow, Partner – Greenspoon Marder LLP
  3. Luna Stower, Chief Impact Officer – Ispire
  4. Suzan Nickelson, Founder & CEO – Holistic Solutions
  5. Joshua Hirschey, President – Timeless Vapes
  6. David Hart, CEO – The Cannabist Company
  7. Laurie Parfitt, Founder & CEO – LKP Impact Consulting
  8. Pablo Zuanic, Managing Partner – Zuanic & Associates
  9. Dr. Chanda Macias, CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Managers – Women Grow
  10. Justin Singer, Partner – Feuerstein Kulick LLP
  11. Chirali V. Patel, Managing Partner – Blaze Law Firm LLP
  12. Donny Moskovic, Principal Strategist – Katz & Associates
  13. Sarah Trent, Founder & CEO – Valley Wellness
  14. Todd Johnson, Executive Director – New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association
  15. Jon Lowen, Co-CEO – Surfside Solutions Inc.
  16. Julio Casado, CEO – ANJA
  17. Trip McDermott, COO – Verano
  18. Matt Karnes, Founder – GreenWave Advisors
  19. Anthony Coniglio, CEO – NewLake Capital Partners
  20. Solonje Burnett, Co-Founder, Chief Culture + Community Officer – Erven
  21. Jason Ackerman, Founder – Joyleaf
  22. Brian Adams, CEO – Nimbus Cannabis Co
  23. Marc Claybon, Principal-Tax – Crowe
  24. Lou Magazzu, Partner – Weiner Law Group LLP
  25. Richie Proud, CEO – iAnthus
  26. Jeremy Berke, Founder and EIC – Cultivated News
  27. Wesley McWhite III, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion – NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission
  28. Christopher Riggs, Acting Executive Director – NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission
  29. Tom Zuber, Managing Partner – Zuber Lawler
  30. Kenneth Rose, Fund Co-Manager – Abraxis Eagle Fund
  31. Joshua Krane, Executive General Manager – Garden Greens
  32. Gabriella Wilday, CEO – Molly Ann Farms
  33. Robert Vanisko, Communications Director – AYR Wellness
  34. Joshua “Raz” Rassin, Co-Founder – TICAL

About Benzinga

Benzinga is a dynamic and innovative media company that provides essential news and data to the financial community. The Cannabis Market Spotlight event series offers a unique platform for networking, deal-making, and gaining insights into the future of the cannabis sector.

About Rooted In Good

Rooted In Good by Curaleaf is dedicated to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the cannabis industry, supporting social equity, and promoting environmental sustainability.