FLEMINGTON, N.J. - Women Grow – Flemington, the New Jersey branch of the national cannabis networking organization, will host Dr. Rachna Patel and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D) at its next event Aug. 2.

Patel will review how New Jersey residents can register for the medical marijuana program, and Quijano will review the latest efforts in the New Jersey legislature to build an equitable legal adult-use cannabis industry in the state.

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“After years of stalling and delays, New Jersey’s medical marijuana program is finally receiving the attention that it deserves,” said Stacey Yalenti, CPA, Women Grow -- Flemington market leader and principal of Crabapple Cove Accounting Group. “At the same time, we are gearing up for an adult-use market which is expected to generate much-needed millions in the state.”

Through her online medical cannabis practice, Patel walks patients through how to safely and effectively use cannabis to treat chronic pain, IBD/IBS, and many other qualifying conditions.

“Many New Jerseyans don’t realize that they’re now eligible for New Jersey’s medical marijuana program,” Patel said. “Education events like Women Grow’s will help get the word out there: cannabis can be an effective medication for many thousands of New Jerseyans suffering with chronic pain, PTSD and many other ailments.”

More than 15,000 patients have signed up for New Jersey’s newly-expanded medical marijuana program since Gov. Phil Murphy assumed office in January 2018, surpassing a total of 25,000 registered patients earlier this month. Six new conditions -- anxiety, migraines, Tourette’s syndrome, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic visceral pain -- were added to the program’s list of qualifying conditions in late March. The state recently released the application process for six new medical dispensaries.

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D) represents the 20th legislative district, encompassing Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle and Union Township. As a member of the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee, she introduced Legislation A3620 to allow for automatic expungement of cannabis possession charges in the event of cannabis decriminalization or legalization in New Jersey.

“An adult-use industry must properly and adequately address the social justice issues caused by the War on Drugs,” Yalenti said. “The right legislation can help ensure that those with criminal records for simply possessing cannabis can begin to restore their lives and give them an opportunity to participate in this exciting industry.”

Additional speakers include Liz Bogle of Cole Schotz, P.C., on the environmental implications of a growing cannabis industry, and Adam Uzialko, Director of Content Development, CannaContent, who will deliver an introduction to blockchain in the cannabis industry.

The Women Grow event is sponsored by Crabapple Cove Accounting Group and Cole Schotz, P.C. The event will take place Aug. 2, 2018, at Lone Eagle Brewery, 44 Stangl Road, Flemington. Tickets are $30. Light refreshments are included. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.WomenGrow.com.

Crabapple Cove Accounting Group is an accounting firm which specializes in the highly-regulated cannabis industry. The practice, based in Flemington, N.J., provides financial services such as license application projections, cost accounting, tax code section 280E compliance, cash flow management, internal control design, financial reporting, and business regulation compliance.  The practice is led by Stacey Yalenti, market leader for Women Grow’s Flemington chapter. For more information, visit www.CrabappleCoveGroup.com.

Cole Schotz provides legal services throughout the United States from its offices in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, and Florida. The firm operates a cannabis law group comprised of attorneys from multiple practice areas which allows us to provide guidance at every phase of the lifecycle of a cannabis business. For more information, visit www.ColeSchotz.com.

Women Grow is a professional national networking organization that educates, empowers, inspires and connects women leaders in the cannabis industry. Through monthly networking events and national conferences, the organization shines a spotlight on individuals and companies building a diverse, fair cannabis industry. The for-profit organization welcomes women (and men) entrepreneurs and leaders at all stages of business development from within the many sectors of the legal cannabis industry. Women Grow currently has more than 30 markets in the U.S. and Canada, with additional markets slated to launch this year. Visit WomenGrow.com to learn more, locate or apply to start a chapter, and tap into the organization’s knowledge base and speaker’s bureau. Follow Women Grow on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram (@womengrow).