Meet the author of How to succeed in Green Rush at this N.J. cannabis conference

With rumblings that New Jersey legislators could vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use within the next month, interest in launching cannabis businesses in the Garden State has never been higher.

Ellie Siegel, a Philadelphia lawyer and cannabis consultant, wants to ensure that minorities and women get a chance to participate in the state’s emerging weed economy. Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Maryland are also weighing legalizing marijuana this year for adult use.

Siegel is the organizer behind the Accelerate Cannabis conference, scheduled for Feb. 19 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The educational and networking symposium will feature a diverse set of national cannabis pioneers from a range of sectors: public policy, health, entertainment, insurance, sports, science, and government.


Among others scheduled to appear are Evan Eneman, CEO of the Los Angeles-based ELLO Insights, a cannabis financial services company; representatives from U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s staff; Maruf Raza, of MNP LLC., an Ontario-based consulting firm that took six cannabis companies public on the Canadian stock exchange; and Bridget Hill-Zayat, Philadelphia-based lawyer for the national marijuana firm, the Hoban Law Group.