New Jersey cannabis commission gets going with historic meeting
By George Solis
New Jersey's new Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Monday inched toward setting up the recreational marijuana market, holding its first meeting and picking a vice chair and logo. The five-member commission met remotely, kicking off what Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has said could be six months until recreational marijuana hits the market.
Chair Diana Houenou said it will take several weeks for staff to be hired and procedures to be developed. The commission voted to confirm commissioner Sam Delgado, a former Verizon executive, as vice chair.
"This will not be an easy road to travel. There will be many competing interests and much is on the line," said Delgado.
The panel also voted to approve a logo, which features the letters NJ in shades of blue, with the geographic shape of the state embedded between the letters and over top a gold sunburst. Surrounding that are the words New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, as well as "Equity" and "Safety."
"By applying the values of safety and equity, we will center our work around creating and protecting access for patients, promoting the production of safe products, and promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry to develop a national model for sensible, fair oversight," Houenou said.