By: Savannah Scarborough, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Resources Intern
TRENTON, N.J. — On February 25, Governor Phil Murphy announced three new additional appointments to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC). Gov. Murphy recently appointed the first two members of the CRC, Chair Diana Houenou and Krista Nash, and onboarding the last three members will complete the five-member Commission. The forthcoming appointees are Maria Del Cid, William Wallace, and Sam Delgado.
Medical marijuana has been legal in New Jersey since 2010. The CRC will now regulate both New Jersey’s medical cannabis marketplace and provide oversight for the soon-to-be established 21-and-older recreational cannabis marketplace. Gov. Murphy established the CRC in 2019 and began making appointments to the Commission once the state voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2020.
“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. 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,” Gov. Murphy said in a release.
Maria Del Cid is currently the Director of Policy and Legislative Services at the New Jersey Department of Health. She also has many other high standard credentials from her past, including working as Chief of Staff for the late Assemblyman Jerry Green. She received her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall and received an M.A. in Public Affairs and Policy and an Associate’s Degree. Furthermore, she is involved with civic organizations within the state, including Latino Caucus Coordinator for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
William Wallace is currently the Director of the Professional Division of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union Local 342. He previously served as the President of the UFCW 100R, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University’s College of Pharmacy.
Sam Delgato most recently served as Vice President of External Affairs for Verizon. He also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1978 to 2000, retiring as a Major. He served as a military advisor to the U.S. State Department from 1994 to 1995 and received the National Defense Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He is currently serving on the board of Felician University, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, and the Raritan Bay Area YMCA.
Gov. Murphy says that the marketplace for recreational marijuana will take up to six to nine months to establish and get up and running. Once the market becomes established, it is estimated to be a $2 billion industry.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.