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:

Discover New Jersey’s burgeoning cannabis market potential and retail opportunities.

Understand supply chain logistics and cultivation challenges in a newly legal landscape.

Navigate New Jersey’s regulatory framework and compliance for cannabis businesses.

Discuss strategies for shifting the illicit market to a regulated, legal framework.

Network with New Jersey state officials, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Gain insights from high-profile figures and pioneers in the cannabis industry.

Explore the role of cannabis lounges as unique tourism attractions near NYC.

Featured Speakers:

Jennifer Cabrera, Partner – Vicente LLP

Jon Purow, Partner – Greenspoon Marder LLP

Luna Stower, Chief Impact Officer – Ispire

Suzan Nickelson, Founder & CEO – Holistic Solutions

Joshua Hirschey, President – Timeless Vapes

David Hart, CEO – The Cannabist Company

Laurie Parfitt, Founder & CEO – LKP Impact Consulting

Pablo Zuanic, Managing Partner – Zuanic & Associates

Dr. Chanda Macias, CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Managers – Women Grow

Justin Singer, Partner – Feuerstein Kulick LLP

Chirali V. Patel, Managing Partner – Blaze Law Firm LLP

Donny Moskovic, Principal Strategist – Katz & Associates

Sarah Trent, Founder & CEO – Valley Wellness

Todd Johnson, Executive Director – New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association

Jon Lowen, Co-CEO – Surfside Solutions Inc.

Julio Casado, CEO – ANJA

Trip McDermott, COO – Verano

Matt Karnes, Founder – GreenWave Advisors

Anthony Coniglio, CEO – NewLake Capital Partners

Solonje Burnett, Co-Founder, Chief Culture + Community Officer – Erven

Jason Ackerman, Founder – Joyleaf

Brian Adams, CEO – Nimbus Cannabis Co

Marc Claybon, Principal-Tax – Crowe

Lou Magazzu, Partner – Weiner Law Group LLP

Richie Proud, CEO – iAnthus

Jeremy Berke, Founder and EIC – Cultivated News

Wesley McWhite III, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion – NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Christopher Riggs, Acting Executive Director – NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Tom Zuber, Managing Partner – Zuber Lawler

Kenneth Rose, Fund Co-Manager – Abraxis Eagle Fund

Joshua Krane, Executive General Manager – Garden Greens

Gabriella Wilday, CEO – Molly Ann Farms

Robert Vanisko, Communications Director – AYR Wellness

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.