Conference plots to grow cannabis industry at the ballot box
“Cannabis prohibition has caused far more damage than cannabis itself ever could,” says NJCBA President Scott Rudder at NJ Cannabis Insider Live, held March 10, 2020 in Edison.
Leading Marijuana Advocates to Form Campaign for NJ Ballot Question
Cannabis advocacy organizations, including NJCBA, come together to support the adult-use cannabis legalization ballot question under the NJCAN2020 campaign.
Here’s what N.J.’s leading legal weed advocates are doing to ensure the ballot question passes in November
Several organizations, including the NJCBA, join forces to support cannabis legalization in New Jersey, under the banner NJCAN2020.
The people at the center of legalizing weed in N.J. are speaking at our March 10 cannabis event, and tickets are limited
NJCBA president Scott Rudder to be a featured speaker at NJ Cannabis Insider event on March 10, 2020.
Harrison Forum Sees Legal Cannabis As Economic Social Justice Driver
Forum hosted by New Jersey congressional candidate Brigid Callahan Harrison discusses cannabis legalization, featuring NJCBA president Scott Rudder on the panel.
Bank President Joins Board of Leading Cannabis Industry Group
Thomas Coughlin, President and CEO of BCB Bank, joins the NJCBA board of directors.
NJ Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Referendum for 2020 Ballot
The question to legalize adult-use cannabis in New Jersey will be decided by voters on the November 2020 ballot.
BCB Bank Chief Executive Joins NJCBA Board
NJCBA Leadership, Board Members Named to Observer Power List
NJCBA president Scott Rudder is named to the New Jersey Globe’s Power List 2019.
NJ Lawmakers Hold Hearings on Marijuana Legalization Amendment
NJCBA leadership testifies in support of cannabis legalization in Trenton at a hearing on placing cannabis legalization on the November 2020 ballot.
Campaign says: There are 94 pot possession arrests in N.J. every day
With the growing rate of arrests for cannabis possession, and particularly in minority communities, the “94 No More” initiative supported by a broad coalition of organizations, including the NJCBA, urges legislators to support legalization.
NJ marijuana legalization: Legal weed may have cheap taxes if approved by voters in 2020
NJCBA president Scott Rudder comments on the impact a ballot referendum may have on a proposed tax rate on adult-use cannabis.
Legalized Cannabis in the Lame Duck? Niet.
In efforts to pass the cannabis legalization referendum, the votes fall short of passing through during lame duck legislation. Despite the setback, the “94 No More” initiative plans to campaign in Atlantic City to spread the message.
Advocates to Launch '94 No More' Initiative as Legislation Efforts Ramp Up
NJCBA joins legislators and groups, including state Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari and Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley, ACLU-NJ, UFCW, Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, among other advocacy groups, to call for the end of cannabis prohibition.
Cannabis class debuts at NJ community college
NJCBA executive director Tara Sargente to teach a course at Atlantic Cape Community College: “Cannabis 101: Essential Knowledge for a Growing Industry.”
Talk of N.J. legal weed picks up again. What’s the new timeline for when adults could legally buy a joint?
Scott Rudder, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, said if the Legislature ultimately goes forward with a ballot initiative “then you are exactly where we are today but a year later” — which means adult-use sales would likely be pushed back to 2021 at the earliest.
Experts weigh in on prospects for regional cannabis coordination among US Northeast governors
Democratic governors from five states in the Northeast last week agreed on core principles for a legal recreational marijuana industry across the region.
Veterans Struggle to Gain Access to Medical Marijuana
Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical marijuana programs. Despite this expansion military veterans often face greater obstacles to gaining access to medical marijuana than other groups.
Stockton University continues focus on marijuana business with cannabis fair and expo
There are photos of marijuana leaves all over the campus of Stockton University and it’s the leaders of the school that have put them there.
N.J. pot businesses a step closer to opening bank accounts. It could cut crime, bring in taxes.
As the executive director of the New Jersey Cannabis Business Association, Sargente knows many cannabis businesses in the industry have the same struggle.
House approves bill to permit cannabis industry use of banking services
Legislation that would allow cannabis companies access to banking services in states where weed is legal was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Cannabis career fair — What NJ students learn about budding industry
Imagine being a young engineer when the dot-com era was just getting started. Leaders in the cannabis industry claim today’s college students are in a similar situation, so they should strike now to be part of something huge.
More Than 200 Attend First Cannabis Career Fair and Business Expo at Stockton
From a state Senator, to a former N.Y. Giants football player and a host of students, more than 200 people interested in the future of the cannabis industry came to the Stockton University Campus Center Sept. 13 for the first N.J. Cannabis Career Fair and Business Expo.
The biggest N.J. cannabis convention hits Atlantic City this weekend
Hundreds of medical professionals, investors, cannabis industry experts and even those with just a curiosity in the burgeoning industry converged on Atlantic City for a statewide cannabis convention.
NJCBA: Recent Health Concerns Regarding ‘Vaping’ Is Exactly Why We Need A Legal And Regulated Cannabis Industry
Health organizations across the country are ringing the alarm bell to alert those who are “vaping” with e-cigarettes and cannabis. The focus of the concern is the inclusion of Vitamin E oil in some of the vape products that are being sold in different areas across the country.
NJ’s wannabe pot purveyors watch dollars go up in smoke
Entrepreneurs banking on NJ Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign promise to legalize marijuana in the Garden State are starting to feel burned.
New Jersey CannaBusiness Association Praises Medicinal Cannabis Expansion Law, Announces July 10 Workshop to Educate on RFA Processes & New Law
New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA) President Scott Rudder praised state lawmakers and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy for passing and signing into law the “Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act,” which expands New Jersey’s medicinal cannabis program.
New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Hits a Roadblock
An ongoing political saga in New Jersey took another unpredicted turn this month. After over a year of building momentum, hopes for a legislative vote on legalizing the adult-use of recreational cannabis have once again faded.
New Jersey to greatly expand medical marijuana program with up to 108 new licenses
New Jersey on Monday announced a plan to issue up to 108 additional medical marijuana licenses, an exponential increase that would significantly boost business opportunities in the once highly restricted program.
New Jersey cannabis firms make pivot to medical as adult-use prospects fade – for now
With a recreational market now still a ways off as legislators abandoned ship on their efforts to legalize it, these prospective businesses now feel let down.
Is Cannabis Not Legalized in New Jersey?
President Scott Rudder, who is leading the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA) commented about the cannabis legalization on May 15th, 2019.
Another Delay for New Jersey Cannabis Legalization
After over a year of building momentum, hopes for a legislative vote on legalizing the adult-use of recreational cannabis have once again faded.
New Jersey Legislators Take Pass on Pot
Senate President Steve Sweeney said he wants voters to have the final word
NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally: Seeking 'Justice' & Business Opportunities
Pro-marijuana activists, business owners and politicians rallied on Saturday, promoting the legalization of recreational use, equity in the criminal justice system, expungement of criminal records and advocating for control of what could become a lucrative profit-making industry.
The Insider 100: Cannabis Power List
The 2019 Insider tribute to the TOP 100 influential voices in the cannabis debate.
NJ Health Dept. calls for rapid growth in medical pot dispensaries
As many as 90 medical marijuana dispensaries will be needed across New Jersey during the next three years, the state Department of Health said in a report issued Monday.
Legal-Marijuana Vote In New Jersey Delayed Over Lack Of Support
Phil Murphy has said the outright legalization of marijuana is a priority, but it lacks lawmaker support.
What's next for recreational pot? NJ supporters say fight is far from over
Jersey legislators failed to take up the issue of legalizing adult use of marijuana after it became clear there were not enough votes in the state Senate to pass it. So what’s the next move for supporters of the idea?
Cannabis Legalization in New Jersey Goes Back to Drawing Board
The effort to to legalize marijuana in New Jersey ground to a halt March 25 when Senate President Stephen Sweeney decided there wasn’t enough votes to pass Senate Bill 2703.
Lobbyist: New Jersey's Marijuana Move Is a 'Temporary Setback'
New Jersey lawmakers postponed a vote on Monday that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state, but advocates, including New Jersey CannaBusiness Association President Scott Rudder, told Cheddar the decision are calling it a “temporary setback.”
Marijuana vote postponement a blow to the cannabis industry
New Jersey lawmakers chose to postpone a vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana due to a lack of support. This has led those in the cannabis industry to say that they feel they are being stonewalled.
Decision day for New Jersey? $1.5 billion recreational cannabis market at stake
New Jersey lawmakers could vote as soon as Monday on whether to legalize adult-use marijuana, with hundreds of millions of dollars of new cannabis business opportunities at stake in the decision.
Murphy, top Dems reach broad agreement on adult-use marijuana
An agreement has been made by Gov. Phil Murphy and top New Jersey Democrats on the legalization of adult-use marijuana in New Jersey.
New Jersey Inches Closer to Legalizing Marijuana Without Voter Referendum
There is consensus in the Garden State that marijuana should not be a crime but no agreement on how to legalize and regulate an enormous new market.
New Jersey Rec Deal Not Done Yet
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy promised to legalize REC within 100 days of his swearing in. It’s going to be close.
More NJ colleges giving the green light to cannabis studies
Students at Stockton University have the option to minor in the area of cannabis studies. The Cannabis Institute is up and running at William Paterson University, as a resource for policymakers. And most recently, Union County College inked a deal to support the school’s medicinal plant chemistry field.
New Jersey Politicians Agree on $42 Per Ounce Marijuana Tax
New Jersey cannabis supporters received good news this week: adult-use legalization passed another hurdle.
Legalization Coming ‘Within Weeks,’ New Jersey Advocates Say
New Jersey residents may be forgiven if they failed to cheer last week’s news of a “grand agreement” among legislators on a bill to legalize the adult use of cannabis. They’ve heard it all before.
NJ marijuana: Union County College will start cannabis program
Union County College has signed an agreement with the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association to develop cannabis-related academic programs and internships.
Stockton’s cannabis program gets lift from new partners
Stockton University is growing its cannabis program. Students will have the opportunity to intern and research with the nation’s first major health sciences university to provide a comprehensive, academic resource for medical application of cannabinoids, Stockton announced Tuesday.
Politically Direct Episode 44 With Guest Edmund DeVeaux, NJ Cannabusiness Association Policy Advisor
Ongoing debate concerning marijuana legalization, addressing the myths associated with cannabis usage, the job performance of Governor Phil Murphy, the political climate in New Jersey and much more
New Jersey Considers Legalizing Marijuana Delivery Services
Before long, buying adult-use marijuana in New Jersey may not only be legal, but also may be as easy as ordering a pizza or hailing a ride through an app.
New Jersey gets ready for legal weed. No stoner ads.
There will be no flashing green leaf signs on the highway. No cartoon figures. No Facebook push. On TV and radio, pot would be pitched to the 21–plus crowd — after hours.
Marijuana Trade Group to Partner with New Jersey University
Starting in 2019, a cannabis business group will help support the program. The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA) recently announced a collaboration with the southern New Jersey university, which will include training, research opportunities, and education.
Medical Marijuana to Expand to Vineland and Galloway/Atlantic City
The New Jersey Department of Health has revealed six medical marijuana dispensaries it picked to add to the state’s program. Two of the six are in South Jersey.
New Jersey University Partners With Cannabis Professionals to Offer Degree
Stockton University launched its cannabis program this fall, offering a couple dozen students the chance to minor in medical cannabis. The university has now partnered with the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, which supports and advocates for the cannabis industry in the state.
An N.J. university started offering marijuana classes this year. Now it’s getting some help.
Now, Stockton has partnered with the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, one of the state’s primary industry groups, in an effort to bolster the medical marijuana program.
Stockton and cannabis advocacy group partner to support minor
The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association announced Wednesday it has entered into an agreement with Stockton to develop opportunities in which the NJCBA will provide educational support, training and research opportunities to the college.
New Jersey College Teaming Up with Cannabis Experts to Improve Marijuana Classes
Stockton University is teaming up with the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, the largest cannabis trade association in the state, to bolster the existing medical marijuana program.
Cannabis industry group partners with Stockton
The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association on Wednesday announced a partnership with Stockton University’s Cannabis studies program.
New Jersey Legalization Legislation Moves to Floor Debate After Historic Votes
The full New Jersey legislature will take up legalization of adult use of cannabis in the Garden State in the coming weeks after measures passed in two committees in a widely covered joint hearing of the House and Senate on Nov. 26.
Cardinale declares opposition to N.J. weed legalization bill
Count Gerry Cardinale (R-39) as a ‘nay’ vote. The veteran Republican state senate — who’s been in Trenton since 1980 — declared his intentions this holiday weekend by releasing an open letter to his colleagues.
Talk of Expungement, Licensing, and more at Plainfield Marijuana Legislation Town Hall
The city’s administration held a town hall with a panel of experts to discuss marijuana legislation and medical expansion regulations on Wednesday at Plainfield’s Washington Community School.
Marijuana Industry Has New Jersey Politicians Seeing Green
The rise of the cannabis industry has created an entirely new source of money for political candidates and parties across the nation.
New Jersey Marijuana Bill is '98 Percent' Done
A bill to create a legal marijuana marketplace in New Jersey is “98 percent” done, with a dispute over tax rates the only major sticking point, one of the state’s leading legal marijuana advocates said.
NJ legal weed bill '98 percent' done. The final fight is over how much to tax marijuana
A bill to create a legal marijuana marketplace in New Jersey is “98 percent” done, with a dispute over tax rates the only major sticking point, one of the state’s leading legal weed advocates said.
Op-Ed: The War on Cannabis Has Failed — Let’s Be Smart About Legalizing It in NJ
With the legalization of cannabis approaching for New Jersey, we can draw on the experience of other states to get it right.
NJ gets 146 applications for 6 new medical marijuana centers
New Jersey has 146 applications to choose from for six new medical marijuana dispensaries across the state, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.
No shortage of applicants to run New Jersey’s six new medical pot clinics
New Jersey plans to double the number of medical marijuana dispensaries to keep pace with the increased demand and there’s a lot of competition to get those licenses.
More Than 100 Groups Seek License For NJ Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
New Jersey plans to double the number of medical marijuana dispensaries to keep pace with increased demand and there’s a lot of competition to get those licenses.
New Jersey quietly decriminalizes weed, for now
New Jersey just quietly moved to decriminalize marijuana, at least for the rest of the summer.
New Jersey Puts Temporary Hold on Marijuana Cases Until September
In a decision that will impact residents and defendants alike, New Jersey’s Attorney General announced Tuesday that the state has put marijuana cases in all municipal courts on hold until at least Sept. 4.
Cannabis cash left out of budget, but New Jersey governor says it is coming
New Jersey did not legalize recreational marijuana as part of the state’s newly enacted budget, but Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and a key lawmaker say it will get done soon.
New Jersey's legal weed market expected to be worth $850 million
New Jersey lawmakers are on track to approve a law that ultimately could bring nearly 100 marijuana retailers to the state and spawn an $850 million industry, advocates said at a conference.
PHARMACENTRA ANNOUNCES NEW DIVISION AND PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW JERSEY CANNABUSINESS ASSOCIATION
PharmaCentra LLC, one of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical services and marketing company, announces their strategic alliance with the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA), the state’s largest cannabis business advocacy group.
Phil Murphy Moves to Expand New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program
Gov. Phil Murphy announced a major expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program on Tuesday that increases the number of qualifying conditions and allows dispensaries to add satellite locations across the state.
Phil Murphy's play for NJ legal weed is no 'slam dunk as marijuana opponents rally
Running for governor last year, Phil Murphy generated great expectations for legal, recreational marijuana.
I've Got 99 Problems But Addiction To Opioids Is Not One, Businessman Tells New Jersey Lawmakers
Rob Cressen, a New Jersey CannaBusiness Association board member provided a statement similar in tone to many others presented at the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee on March 5.
OPINION: Cannabis industry prepares to take off
We asked Scott Rudder, head of the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association, to discuss some of the ongoing challenges and how those in the burgeoning cannabis industry are preparing for the future.
Officials meet to hear about marijuana legalization
More than 250 officials who attended the seminar, which was billed by the association as a way for local leaders to learn more about the issue and dispel myths and outdated information about the drug that is now considered legal for adult recreational use in eight states plus the District of Columbia.
New Jersey Cannabusiness Association leads marijuana legalization discussion with state officials
Hundreds of state and local government officials and police officers from across New Jersey met in Trenton to discuss marijuana legalization. The New Jersey Cannabusiness Association, which backs legalization, sponsored the event on Tuesday in Trenton.
Local Leaders Wary of Recreational Weed
Gov. Phil Murphy has said he wants to legalize marijuana within 100 days of entering office. Now that he’s been inaugurated, some local governing bodies are feeling the need to take a stance of their own.
NJ marijuana legalization: 5 weed lessons from the New Jersey Cannabis Symposium
If the New Jersey Cannabis Symposium is any indication, New Jersey’s fledgling marijuana industry is going to be big.
NJ Marijuana Legalization: Weed Going Mainstream, But Faces Legal, Money Hurdles
Marijuana is quickly going mainstream in New Jersey.
Legal Weed a Legal Minefield for Businesses
As New Jersey moves to approve marijuana for recreational use, those aspiring to launch a cannabis business can expect both opportunities and challenges unique to this industry.
New Jersey towns prepare for recreational marijuana industry
Given Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s campaign pledge to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days, municipalities are preparing for cannabis businesses on Main Street as early as next summer.
New Jersey Poised to Legalize Cannabis But Some Urge Caution
“Transitioning New Jersey from medical to adult use was never going to be as simple as merely getting Murphy elected.”
How New Jersey Could Become A Multi-Billion Dollar Marijuana State
This week New Jerseyans picked a new governor with vastly different views from outgoing Gov. Chris Christie on marijuana.
Athletes For Care and NJ CannaBusiness to host “NJCBA Presents” Series
Athletes For CARE and The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association will co-host the third installment of “NJCBA Presents” next week at New Jersey’s Galloping Hill Golf Club.
New Jersey CannaBusiness Association Partnering with Athletes for CARE for Advocacy Event
Three former professional athletes and a former Drug Enforcement Agency special agent are set to speak at the upcoming New Jersey CannaBusiness Association “Presents” event.
14 Marijuana Jobs In New Jersey: 'Cannabusiness' Grows In The Garden State
Looking for a “green” career change? Take a look at these 14 cannabis jobs that are already earning people cash – legally – in New Jersey.
NJ trade group touts the business of cannabis
A Morris County businessman has been named to the board of a newly created trade association focused on supporting the growing legal cannabis industry in the United States that many expect to eventually include New Jersey.