NJCBA ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH NJ ECONOMIC JUSTICE ADVOCACY TO ENSURE MINORITY REPRESENTATION IN NJ’S CANNABIS INDUSTRY
Trenton – The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA) today announced the formation of a strategic alliance with some of New Jersey’s foremost economic justice advocates to ensure minority representation in the emerging cannabis industry. the state. Alliance partners include:
- Camden Business Association
- Essex County Latino Chamber of Commerce
- Gloucester County NAACP
- NAACP New Jersey State Chapter
- Salvation and social justice
- New Jersey Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Working under the motto that a good economic policy is the policy of inclusion, groups come together to ensure that minorities, minorities and small businesses are not left behind as the cannabis industry of the ‘State is developing. The organizations will share information, host business networking sessions, and provide the Cannabis Regulatory Commission and Legislature with ideas to help shape the cannabis economy in New Jersey.
“Whether they are potential licensees, general contractors or subcontractors, the state must ensure that people of color are part of the economic fabric of the cannabis industry that is woven into the world. over the next few months, ”said NJCBA President Edmund DeVeaux. “We need to hold licensees and non-minority entrepreneurs accountable for including minority stakeholders. “
“We’ve been working with the NJCBA since the organization’s inception, but we’re also making sure our community and our Camden constituents, who are 96% Black and Brown in New Jersey, have a voice with the parties. industry stakeholders, officials and advocates across the state of New Jersey. It is the responsibility of ANJC to remain engaged through partnerships and collaborations to ensure this industry is not built on the backs of communities that have lost wealth, life and freedom for decades. We call on all of New Jersey’s diverse communities and legislative leaders to work together and ensure that the aforementioned communities are considered first, not last, to promote economic equity for those who have been disproportionately affected ” , said Nichelle Pace, vice president of Camden. Trade association.
“Aligning ourselves with the NJCBA makes perfect sense,” said Joe Hernandez, vice chairman of the board of directors of the Essex County Latin American Chamber of Commerce and who has represented the chamber in conversations with the NJCBA. “We represent so many individuals, businesses and communities who would benefit from responsible business practices. The NJCBA is the only trade association in the state that represents all interests of the cannabis industry. Most importantly, the NJCBA listened to what we had to say and responded, “We are here to help. “
“We are excited about this alliance with the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association because we both advocate for a cannabis industry that will be inclusive and that will support policies to protect members of disadvantaged communities from exclusion from this trade,” said Loretta Winters, Chairman of the Gloucester County NAACP. “We also support sensible tax regulations and policies that will ensure the cannabis industry remains a vibrant and diverse business sector for years to come in New Jersey.”
“The SHCCNJ recognizes the many medical benefits derived from cannabis plants and welcomes new businesses to the State of New Jersey that will have a positive impact on the local and state business community, and in particular on the various companies that must be at the table, ”said Carlos Medina, president and CEO of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.
About the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association
The mission of the NJCBA is to promote jobs and growth in a sustainable and responsible cannabis industry. From pioneers in the medical cannabis market to emerging players in the field of adult use, the goal of the NJCBA is to ensure that policymakers and regulators understand and respect the needs of the CannaBusiness community and that our community remains a responsible corporate citizen.
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