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Murphy fills out Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Governor appoints Department of Health, union officials to marijuana panel

By Nikita Biryukov, February 25 2021 1:54 pm

The full membership of the state body that will create rules for New Jersey’s legal marijuana market came into clear view after Gov. Phil Murphy announced two new appointments Thursday.

The governor will name New Jersey Department of Health Director of Policy and Legislative Services Maria Del Cid and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union Local 342 Professional Division Director William Wallace to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

“As we move forward to establish a legal adult-use cannabis marketplace, we could not have a better slate of appointees to lead these efforts,” Murphy said. “It will take time before we see legal adult-use sales begin, but I know that each and every one of these individuals will act to ensure that the marketplace for adult-use recreational cannabis is equitable, fair, and inclusive of all communities.”

He will also appoint Sam Delgado, who was recommended to the body by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge). Delgado is the husband of Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Perth Amboy), Coughlin’s running mate.

“Sam Delgado’s professional and military service is outstanding and I strongly believe he is the best person to serve on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission,” Coughlin said. “Sam is an expert in the fields of community leadership, business management, strategic planning, supplier diversity and regulatory policy. He will bring these talents to the Commission and is a valued addition.”

Politico New Jersey first reported the new appointments.

The three will join Chair Dianna Houenou and Krista Nash on the commission. Nash, who was recommended to the panel by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford), is the wife of Camden County Commissioner Jeff Nash.

Houenou is a senior policy advisor to Gov. Phil Murphy.

“This has been a week of great progress on cannabis in New Jersey. Congratulations to all the members of the CRC as they embark on this critical function for our state’s cannabis future,” New Jersey CannaBusiness Association President Edmund DeVeaux said. “We look forward to working together with the Commission to create a responsible, sustainable, diverse and profitable cannabis industry in New Jersey.”

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