• Accounting - Payroll
  • Attorneys
  • CBD - Hemp Extraction
  • CBD White- Private Labeling
  • CBD Wholesale
  • Cannabis Associations
  • Cannabis Business Consultants
  • Cannabis Extraction Concentrates
  • Clothing & Jewelry
  • Compliance Consultants
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cultivation & Processing Equipment
  • Education & Training
  • Extraction Equipment
  • Financing
  • Glass
  • Greenhouses
  • Hemp - CBD Consultants
  • Hemp Associations
  • Hemp Based Foods
  • Insurance
  • Irrigation
  • Labeling & Packaging
  • Labs - Testing
  • Licensing Consultants
  • Lighting
  • MMJ Doctors
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Medical Dispensaries
  • More Businesses
  • Non-Profits
  • Nutrients - Soil
  • Paraphernalia
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Recreational Dispensaries
  • Retail CBD-Hemp Products
  • Security Companies
  • Software - Technology
  • Staffing Agencies
  • THC Edibles
  • THC Products
  • Transport & Delivery
  • White - Private Labeling Cannabis
  • Wholesale Cannabis
  • Wholesale Hemp - Seeds - Clones

Northeastern Industry Dinner

Northeastern Industry Dinner
Northeastern Industry Dinner

The Northeastern Industry Dinner is for the industry; for license holders, badge holders and ancillary businesses – the people who are building the  industry. success. The Northeastern states are emerging markets with million dollar and billion dollar yearly sales numbers. The numbers will only go up. 

The Northeastern Industry Dinner kicks off with a Strategic Networking Meet & Mingle, Hor d’oeuvres, cocktails and conversations. A guest list with contact information is provided prior to the evening to facilitate strategic connections. Menus & Venue Information

The topic for the evening is “How to Succeed in the  Industry”. The keynote speaker is Wanda James.

Wanda James managed two congressional campaigns, including Re. Jared Polis, now Governor of Colorado. She was appointed to Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee.

Wanda served on Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Task Force Work Groups. Amendment 64 helped end  prohibition in Colorado, virtually creating today’s recreational landscape.

Wanda James and husband, Scott Durrah, were the first Black licensees in the United States to own a dispensary, grow operation, and edibles. They opened the Apothecary of Colorado, in 2009 and Simply Pure Medicated Edibles in 2010,  becoming  the largest edible medical cannabis company in Colorado. Simply Pure Dispensary opened in 2015 in the Denver LoHi neighborhood. Simply Pure Trenton, New Jersey opened in 2023 under the leadership of owner Tahir.

In 2023, Regent Wanda James became the first Black woman elected to the board in over 44 years. She will serve in Colorado’s First Congressional District.

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The keynote speaker is followed by a curated panel offering their perspectives based on expertise, success and longevity in the cannabis industry. The How to Succeed in the Cannabis Industry panelist are:

Michael James, The James Firm LLC, Corporate Attorney and Cannabis Licensing Attorney, providing a balance of legal, business, operational, and financial strategies that had clear execution and built-in problem-solving contingencies. Licensed in New Jersey and New York. LinkedIn

April Rodriguez Designated Broker at Zoned Properties Brokerage, 20 years in real estate. Advocate and Advisor on Cannabis specific opportunities with or without real estate. Specialist in green parcel verifications for Cultivation, Retail & Testing Locations. Multi-State licensed. LinkedIn

Erica Sloan CPA, CFE, MBA, FMVA, CGMA, CCCP, DOPE CFO Certified Advisor. 15+ years of success as a trusted advisor in her field. She is well-versed in policy creation, complex tax regulations and compliance, budget development, financial management best practices, internal controls, strategic planning, CFO services, and more. LinkedIn

Patricia Walker, Luna Verde Consulting, Cannabis Operations & Strategy Specialist, Advocate, Purchasing & Business Development Expert, NJ Business Action Center instructor for the inaugural Cannabis Training Academy. LinkedIn

Rachel Amin, Panel Moderator LinkedIn

Northeastern Industry Dinner



Assortment of imported cheeses, Assorted crackers

Charcuterie of turkey, salami, ham

Fresh assorted seasonal fruit

Crudité Platter – Homemade Hummus

Bruschetta – Pizza breads

Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Chicken Cordon Bleu with Swiss, ham & Dijon mustard

Panko crusted shrimp with chili lime sauce

Coconut Lobster lollipop with mango salsa

Vegetable Spring Roll with sweet chili sauce

Parmesan crusted artichoke heart tempura with horseradish sauce

Filet mignon crostini, boursin cheese, red onion marmalade


Garden Salad, mixed greens, cucumbers, grape tomatoes & shaved carrots

Grilled Salmon with Lemon Butter – Chicken Marsala

Roast Beef with Gravy – Pork Medallions

Penne with Vodka Sauce

Seasonal Vegetables – Red Roasted Potatoes

Pastry Chef’s choice of Desserts – Coffee & Tea