Chair of new trade group representing N.J. cannabis grower-dispensers, talks legalization, medical marijuana –

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Shaya Brodchandel is the CEO of Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus and chair of the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association, which formed last year out of collaboration among the 12 licensed medical marijuana companies in New Jersey.

The association could grow this year, if the state issues new medical and legal marijuana licenses to growers, processors and dispensers of cannabis.

We spoke to Brodchandel about the new organization, legalization and its plans for 2021.

This interview first appeared in NJ Cannabis Insider. It has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Q: What is the mission of the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association?

A: The mission and the purpose of the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association is to form a collective effort of the operators in New Jersey to share our experience and help shape the program for various stakeholders and legislators and advocates.

We have a position that is shared with various groups and that comes from industry expertise. We have all different types of operators, from multi-state operators to just Jersey operators with different levels of expertise.

Q: What in the enabling legislation does NJCTA support, and what does it dislike?