Industry veteran Todd Johnson has been named the first executive director of the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association (NJCTA), a state-wide consortium of registered medicinal and recreational shops.
Johnson’s new position calls for him to coordinate outreach to policymakers, government officials, and other stakeholders, as well as oversee internal communication among member groups. A news release by the NJCTA was issued on November 23.
When asked why he decided to take on the role of treasurer for the Association, Johnson replied, “When this opportunity presented itself, I knew my enthusiasm for the industry and my professional expertise armed me with the tools needed to properly carry out the Association’s purpose.”
To quote him: “I look forward to working with our members to promote everything that is good about New Jersey’s medicinal and recreational cannabis sector while we address issues and find answers to challenges that affect our industry and operators.”
Justice Cannabis Co., an NJCTA member, is a multi-state business, and Johnson served as the company’s trustee. Johnson oversaw the development and administration of Justice’s growing facility and dispensaries in the Garden State during his time there as executive vice president and head of New Jersey operations.
Johnson is also a co-founder of Community Greenhouse, a mission-driven cannabis firm that has a conditional licence to open a retail dispensary in New Jersey from the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC).
A rising need “to better address the complicated concerns impacting New Jersey’s legal cannabis business and unify around member initiatives” was cited by NJCTA as the impetus for the nomination.