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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Fiction, Facts, & Faith: A Call to Action Concerning the Legalization/Decriminalization of Marijuana

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: New Brunswick Theological Seminary (map)


Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Meeting

10:00am - 11:00am

Location: State House Annex, 1st Floor, Committee Room 4, 131-137 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608 (map)

Dear NJUMR supporter,

Four important marijuana legalization bills are up for debate in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m.

We need you at the Capitol building in Trenton to show that legalization in New Jersey needs to actively advance racial and social justice.

Join us at the Senate hearing:

November 26, 10 a.m.

State House Annex, 1st Floor, Committee Room 4

131-137 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608

If you can’t make it, we’ll livestream the hearing as well on our Facebook page.

Thanks to all of you who have made your voice heard! We are making history – and a real difference – by ensuring that racial justice remains a key component of marijuana legalization in our state.

Call your senator this week before the hearing – and after! – to express your strong support for a marijuana legalization bill that advances racial justice. 


The NJUMR team


The Cannabis Economy: Are You Ready?

8:30am - 11:30am

Location: National Conference Center, East Windsor (map)

Expansion of the state's medical marijuana program and legalization of adult use cannabis may be just around the corner. Hear what policymakers are saying and what it could mean to your business.  Employers will need to plan and address potential issues that may arise due to legal cannabis use. Learn from experts about becoming a cannabis business owner in New Jersey.

Fee: $70 Members, $95 Future Members

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The Status of Cannabis in Bergen County: Canna-Business? Canna-Town? Canna-Bank?

11:30am - 1:30pm

Location: Stony Hill Inn, Hackensack, NJ (map)


Accelerate Cannabis

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center 1 Center Street Newark, NJ 07102 (map)

Only a few days left until the region’s premier industry event!

ACLU-NJ has partnered with Accelerate Cannabis to bring together the emerging cannabis industry for an evening of engaging discussion and vital networking. 

Accelerate Cannabis will be an unforgettable evening at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on February 19th from 5:00-9:00pm.

Don’t miss out!


And register for only $149 with coupon code: ACACLUNJ149

2019 brings us closer than ever to progress at the state, federal, and international level, away from prohibition and towards sustainable regulation. Learn what the next phase may look like and how you can get involved!

Hear from new voices with perspectives on the region alongside local insiders as we discuss what to expect in the next phase:

  • Jeff Brown, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Ellie Siegel, Longview Strategic
  • Maruf Raza, MNP 
  • Troy Kaplan, Verano Holdings 
  • Kristin L. Jordan, Greenspoon Marder
  • Geoff Pope, AON Risk Solutions
  • Evan Eneman, ELLO
  • Chris Driessen, Organa Brands
  • Dasheeda Dawson, MJM Strategy
  • Debra Borchardt, Green Market Report
  • Scott Rudder, New Jersey CannaBusiness Association
  • Michael Markarian, Contempo Specialty Packaging
  • Katie Kincaid, Eaze
  • Dianna Houenou, ACLU-NJ
  • Bridget Hill-Zayet, Hoban Law Group
  • Dara Servis, New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association
  • Melissa Dardani, EisnerAmper LLP

We are proud to be a part of Accelerate Cannabis and hope to see you there February 19th!

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Community Forum: Pot Comes to Pway?

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: Westergard Library, 20 Murray Ave., Piscataway, NJ (map)

Hear from experts about the status of NJ efforts around marijuana legalization for adult recreational use, and discuss what this could mean for our community.  This event is free but requires pre-registration at
Speakers include:
*Dianna Houenou, ACLU-NJ/New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform
*Meagan Glaser, Drug Policy Alliance 
*Dean Dafis, Maplewood Twp Committeeman
Hosted by Piscataway Progressive Democratic Organization and Central Jersey Progressive Democrats
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Educational Forum: The Legalization of Marijuana in NJ

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Leonia High School, 100 Christie Heights, Leonia, NJ, 07605 (map)

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