S3E01 | Ed DeVeaux – Mr. Cannabis

When the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association formed as the state’s first and largest cannabis trade organization, Edmund was immediately named as a policy advisor to help advance the association’s mission of forming a responsible and sustainable New Jersey cannabis industry.

With a wealth of experience in matters of public policy, diversity and economic development, Edmund’s sphere of influence has grown in the cannabis industry. Often recognized as New Jersey’s lead professional African American lobbyist in the cannabis space, Edmund has made
public and podcast appearances on the topics of medical and adult use cannabis, and business opportunities in cannabis with advocates Sativa Cross, Minorities for Medical Marijuana, and Mannada Events. He was also recently named a “420 Trailblazer in Cannabis” by mjnewsnetwork.com, and made Insider NJ’s top 100 Cannabis Insiders.

An accomplished executive, Edmund’s corporate career includes leadership roles with the country’s largest multinational water-related service and environmental companies. Utilizing his skills in the areas of government affairs and business development, Edmund has been part of the external growth, internal development, and public policy and reputation management strategies for these companies. In particular, Edmund was involved with the successful development of some of the nation’s largest public-private partnerships for water and wastewater services.
Providing numerous television and other media appearances, Edmund established himself as an industry expert on matters involving infrastructure finance and renewal.

In other aspects of Edmund’s professional life, he attained the rank of captain in the United States Army, where he received several commendations and graduated from the US Army Airborne School. He currently serves on the not-for-profit boards of the Civic League of Greater
New Brunswick and Elijah’s Promise, and is a former board member of the Foundation for Free Enterprise, New Jersey After 3, the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, the Great Swamp Watershed Association, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Foundation, the National Conference of Black Mayors Business Council (chair), and the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition (chair).

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