Inaugural New Jersey Cannabis Summit, “Growing a Sustainable Industry in the Garden State”

7:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831 (map)

Dianna Houenou, Policy Counsel, ACLU of New Jersey, will speak during the 9:30am panel: Establishing a Legal and Compliant Cannabis Business.
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Community Meeting: Discussion on Adult-Use Cannabis

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Bethune Center, 140 Martin Luther King Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305 (map)

The purpose of the community meeting is to:

  • Inform and educate Jersey City residents on facts about cannabis
  • Hear from elected officials on the current status of proposed legislation
  • Discuss the racial and social justice components of decriminalization/legalization
  • Discuss community concerns on cannabis

 Panelists include:

  • Senator Ronald Rice, 28th Legislative District
  • NJ Minority Alliance
  • Dianna Houenou, ACLU
  • Ijeoma Opara, Researcher


  • Assemblywoman McKnight will provide opening remarks
  • Panelists will introduce themselves and discuss their roles and thoughts on the issue
  • Q&A

Let's Talk about Marijuana

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: The Asbury, 210 5th Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712 (map)

Legal weed could be coming to NJ as soon as this month, and USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey is bringing together a panel of journalists and community leaders - both in favor of legalization and against - to have a frank conversation about what it could mean for you. 

We'll let you hear the pros and cons in the weed debate and answer your questions about the future of New Jersey with - or without - legal weed. 

On the table for discussion at Let's Talk About Marijuana, a free event to be held 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at The Asbury hotel: 

What has to happen for weed to be legalized in New Jersey and how could it change your town or neighborhood? 

How could New Jerseyans benefit - or not - from the expansion of medical marijuana? What could it mean for your healthcare? 

What would you be allowed to do, legally? How will it all be regulated? 

Will New Jerseyans be able to get marijuana-related criminal records expunged and what would it take for that to happen? 

The Asbury hotel is located at 210 5th Ave. in Asbury Park. Admission is free. Registration is required. 

Visit to reserve your seat or call 732.643.4200 for more information. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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