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New Jersey CannaBusiness Association President Scott Rudder.

Rudder stepping down as head of cannabis trade group

By David Wildstein, December 02 2020 1:49 pm

One month after New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to legalize recreational marijuana, Scott Rudder is stepping down as president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association to pursue other opportunities.

He will be replaced by Edmund DeVeaux, a veteran public affairs official and former aide to U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.

“Four years ago this month, we started on a journey to expand patient access to medical cannabis, fight to end cannabis prohibition, and help create a responsible, transparent, and inclusive cannabis industry in New Jersey,” Rudder said.  “I am proud of what we’ve accomplished, and I am excited about where we are going.”

Rudder, a former Republican assemblyman from Burlington County, will remain on the association board.

The cannabis trade association also announced two other changes: Bill Caruso, an Archer Grenier partner and former Assembly Majority executive director, was named general counsel; and executive director Tara “Misu” Sargente was elected to the board of directors.

DeVeaux started out as a capital budget analyst at the state Department of the Treasury and served as an aide to New Brunswick Mayor John Lynch before joining Bradley’s staff.  He currently works for Burton Trenton Public Affairs.

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