Brian Davis is already a small-scale home cannabis grower living in Washington, DC, where small-scale cannabis growing is legal. He said he was considering moving to Atlantic City with his fiancée Nena Naji, who has a family in the area, and become a cultivator there.

“It just makes some people happy and does them a lot of good,” said Davis of his work with marijuana.

The other half of the event, clearing marijuana-related criminal records, was also an important resource for attendees. Michael Hoffman, a Vineland-based attorney, said the state automatically cleared tens of thousands of marijuana-related charges, but many fell by the wayside.

During his speech at the workshop, Hoffman highlighted the mismatch between the profits that can be made from the marijuana industry and the fact that it remains illegal in much of the United States.

“That legacy of prohibition (of marijuana) still exists as actual traces in many people’s criminal records,” Hoffman said.

Among those still negatively affected by marijuana laws are cats from the Atlantic City Cannabis Commission. Katzen, who also runs the consulting firm Create 48, said he was arrested about 21 years ago on a marijuana distribution charge in Ventnor. He said he successfully submitted his request to delete his file at the workshop on Sunday.