NJBAC’s Cannabis Training Academy welcomed their first set of instructors to the program.
In a recent press release from the Department of State (DOS) (1), mentioned that the New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC) picked their first set of instructors for the Cannabis Training Academy (CTA) which will help the state’s technical assistance program.
The CTA is due to launch in 2024. Communities that have been “disproportionately impacted” from cannabis or are located within “designated Impact Zones” will be provided with information to obtain an adult-use cannabis operator’s license by the CTA (1). The program will educate students with instructors who teach or work in the New Jersey cannabis industry and also be a tool on whether the cannabis industry is the best fit for them.
“We look forward to launching the Cannabis Training Academy in 2024. This program will build upon the work happening throughout state government to create a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse cannabis industry,” Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way expressed, Secretary of State in New Jersey (1).
“Our goal is to provide key support to Jersey-owned, Jersey-local, entrepreneurs who are interested in pursuing a recreational cannabis license through this virtual technical assistance program,” Melanie Willoughby, NJBAC Executive Director, said (1). “We are proud to provide resources and support to budding cannabis entrepreneurs and current local operators who are striving to make a positive impact in their communities.”
“The New Jersey cannabis community is an important partner to build out this academy,” Penni Wild, NJBAC Deputy Executive Director, commented (1). “More than 250 people formally expressed interest in applying to be a CTA instructor. After three months of screening, vetting and interviews, the first 25 instructors have been selected to help us initiate and launch this first-of-its kind cannabis technical assistance program in New Jersey.”
“Each of our selected instructors bring years of experience, success, some painful lessons learned, and deep insight to budding entrepreneurs who are interested in stepping into the Garden State’s cannabis industry,” Tauhid Chappell CTA Executive Director, explained (1). “Many have personally written and submitted applications for, and have succeeded in winning, cannabis licenses in New Jersey and/or other states too. This wealth of knowledge gives us confidence that prospective CTA students will be getting the most relevant, on-the-ground, guidance and wisdom from those who’ve been through the exact process and know what it takes to enter and thrive in this industry.”
As mentioned in the press release, the 25 CTA instructors along with their designated courses are (1):
The CTA program will be offered at no-cost to state residents that are 21 years old and up. To learn more about the program through New Jersey’s Department of State press release (1), click here.