Jersey City cannabis attorney Jessica Gonzalez has been pegged to consult on a new technical assistance program and training academy spearheaded by the New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC).
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Jessica’s experience as an attorney, educator and advocate is a tremendous advantage to get this no-cost technical assistance off the ground as quickly as possible,” NJBAC Executive Director Melanie Willoughby said in a statement.
Gonzalez, as well as her firm Veridis Quo LLC, have been at the forefront of New Jersey’s campaign to legalize recreational cannabis and has successfully guided entrepreneurs through the application process.
She has served in leadership positions with national cannabis associations: the International Cannabis Bar Association and Minorities for Medical Marijuana as well the Minority Cannabis Business Association’s policy committee.
“We’re excited to take the next step to make New Jersey’s Cannabis Training Academy a reality for applicants in the social equity, legacy, Impact Zone, diverse-owned and microbusiness categories,” Willoughby added.
Gonzalez and her team will provide foundational start-up support, to be replaced by a permanent executive director later in 2023.
The NJBAC is housed in the Secretary of State’s Office in Trenton.