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ACG New Jersey Presents ‘Cannabis – After the High’ on Thursday


Morristown Panel Discussion Features Leading National, Regional Experts

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (October 15, 2018) - The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New Jersey Chapter will present "Cannabis - After the High" on Thursday, October 18th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Westin Governor Morris Hotel, 2 Whippany Road.

Medical marijuana has become the hottest industry in the country with the legalization of cannabis. What is the opportunity for New Jersey and where is the opportunity for investors and businesses alike? A distinguished panel of experts will address:

Medical marijuana has become the hottest industry in the country with the legalization of cannabis. What is the opportunity for New Jersey and where is the opportunity for investors and businesses alike? A distinguished panel of experts will address:

  • Current legal marijuana regulation in New Jersey and the lessons that can be learned from similar experiences in California and Colorado;
  • The best ways to invest within the cannabis industry;
  • Cannabis edibles - business opportunity or fad;
  • Cannabis technology - how tech is solving issues along all stages of the business cycle; and
  • Taxation and banking - how to manage profits and expenses in New Jersey with Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 280E.

The distinguished panel includes Stacey D. Udell, Director, HBK Valuation, Litigation & Forensics; Ashesh (Alex) C. Shah, Founder and CEO, solo* sciences; Peter F. Kelly, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP; and Brian Staffa, Partner and Chief Operator, BSC Group.

Udell has experience in business valuation, forensic accounting, economic damages and litigation support services spanning more than 20 years and serves as HBK Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region. She has performed business valuations and provided litigation support and expert witness services for hundreds of clients over her career. Prior to joining HBK in 2017, she was a partner at a CPA firm where she provided accounting and tax services, in addition to valuation and litigation support services.

Kelly of Fox Rothschild provides strategic counseling and advice to businesses at all stages of the corporate lifecycle. He works with companies in a wide range of industries such as technology, health care, food production and distribution, consulting and manufacturing. Kelly understands the needs of businesses in the rapidly expanding and highly regulated market for legalized cannabis and is part of a multidisciplinary team prepared to provide services and guidance to legal marijuana businesses.

For Shah, solo* sciences is the culmination of several of his first-to-market IP solutions and his wide-ranging expertise in IP, licensing, consumer loyalty, couponing and payment technology, category management, data analytics and AI. While applicable to all consumable goods, the challenges in the emerging cannabis industry enticed Shah to launch solo* to vet, verify, and match products and consumers. Shah has served on a Presidential taskforce for the CIA, holding top secret and special clearances. He has also served as a VP of R&D for Razorfish and on the Advanced Research Board at Partners Healthcare.

Staffa of BSC Group is a cannabis operations expert and has a passion for standardizing complex operations using systems and data analysis. He led cannabis conglomerate Palliatech through the build out and licensing of their vertically-integrated New Jersey facility. Staffa has toured and assessed over 100 different facilities, including one of the largest U.S. retail dispensaries, the largest cultivator and processor in Canada, and the largest license holder in the U.S. He has consulted for both cannabis license applicants and operations in 24 states, three Canadian provinces, and a handful of other countries.

To register for the event, please visit www.acg.org/newjersey/events. The program will include a cocktail/networking hour and buffet dinner.

About the Association for Corporate Growth New Jersey

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth has chapters worldwide representing 14,500 members. ACG serves 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies. ACG's mission is to drive middle-market growth. 75% of ACG members report that they have done business with fellow members. For more information, please visit www.acg.org/newjersey or call (855) 224-6500.

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"Cannabis - After the High" panelists Ashesh (Alex) C. Shah, Founder and CEO, solo* sciences; Stacey D. Udell, Director, HBK Valuation, Litigation & Forensics; Peter F. Kelly, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP; and Brian Staffa, Partner and Chief Operator, BSC Group.

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