Join a panel of cannabis experts for a discussion of legal recreational cannabis use, its impact on resort destinations, and opportunities for New Jersey hospitality and tourism business. Special focus will be given to destination marketing, and the intersection of cannabis with agritourism and food and beverage tourism.
This event is presented by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality, School of Business Stockton University in partnership with the Greater Atlantic City Chamber and Stockton University Cannabis Studies program.
Cannabis Trail and Chairperson of the CalTravel Cannabis Committee
Brian Applegarth is a cannabis tourism subject matter expert, educator, and international speaker on the topic. He’s inspired by building bridges between the travel and cannabis industries and works to steward a model that goes beyond consumption. Brian believes that the California cannabis tourism experience must include culture, history, and storytelling of the medical cannabis movement.
Brian is a board member of the 420 Archive and California Travel Association, Chairs the CalTravel Cannabis Committee and is a member of the Sonoma County Tourism Marketing Committee. Brian is also a cannabis historian. Inspired by iconic cannabis pioneers and social justice movements that fueled the robust industry of today, Brian brings a unique perspective and immense passion to his work.
Brian Applegarth represents tourism and hospitality possibilities that may be available in the future. Simply, CA has accepted cannabis for several years now (almost decades and it is part of their culture) and Brian has experience with many different types of hospitality/cannabis tourism opportunities. He also has plenty of data about cannabis tourism/hospitality.
Adjunct Faculty, Cannabis Studies Minor – Stockton University
President, Our Community Harvest: A Cannabis Education Company
Rob Mejia is the author of multiple books written explicitly to introduce adults to cannabis and the cannabis industry. The Essential Cannabis Book: A Field Guide for the Curious and The Essential Cannabis Journal: Personal Notes from the Field (Cedar Lane Press 2018, 2019) provide researched information about cannabis with an authentic, engaging narrative and real-world examples that demystifies the plant, explains the science, and examines the stigma and social and racial justice issues surrounding cannabis. His expertise in cannabis extends to cooking with cannabis as Rob has produced and hosted a number of edibles events and meals. He also registered two national cannabis trademarks -California Homegrowers Association® and Our Community Harvest: A Cannabis Education Company®- and represents two cannabis artists (Pat Ryan and Laurence Cherniak) via the website www.CannabisArtAndDesign.
Co-Founder and Director of Education
Higher Ed. Hemp Tours
Cintia Morales is the Co-Founder and Director of Education for Higher Ed. Hemp Tours, an Austin based hemp advising company dedicated to bridging the gap in cannabis knowledge between consumer and retailer through unique experiences. Also, she is the ESL Program Director for ACES Language School, located in Austin, TX. She has taught English, as well as a variety of subjects, to both young and adult students from all over the world. She has been a world traveler instructor with a passion for education and developing curriculum and programs for more than 15 years. She is dedicated to assist English language learners adapting to life in the United States.
Cintia Morales operates in TX where there is only a fledgling, very limited medical cannabis program and no legal adult use. Despite this, Cintia’s company has figured out ways to participate in the cannabis tourism industry and promote cannabis education. This may be a first step that Atlantic City wants to take.
MA based Chef and Food Designer
David Yusefzadeh is a chef and food designer based in Boston, Massachusetts. He spent the majority of his career working in fine dining restaurants and hotels around the world. Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Mario Batali and Richard Ekkebus are just a few of the chefs that David has spent time with professionally. He is currently CEO/Founder of Cloud Creamery, a cannabis ice cream company based in Boston. David was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2011 and has been using Cannabis to allow him to function in his everyday life. https://www.cloudcreamery.co/ https://www.eatsacrilicious.com/events/
David Yusefzadeh’s company is in MA which shares some similarities with New Jersey (both northeast states, similar population, a few major cities, many smaller municipalities) and MA has about a 2 year lead on NJ re adult use. So our situation could look like MA soon.