The Cannabis Regulatory Commission will hold its first meeting April 12, marking the official launch of a powerful state agency that will be tasked with rulemaking and licensing for New Jersey’s adult use industry.
Gov. Phil Murphy filed the appointments of all five members on Wednesday, according to a release put out by the administration Thursday morning.
“This will be the first meeting of many as we put the values of equity and safety into practice in regulating this new industry,” CRC Chair Dianna Houenou said in a statement.
Why it matters: The official launch of the commission starts the clock for when legal sales for adult use can begin.
The commission must come up with rules related to the development, regulation and enforcement of adult use cannabis by late August, according to the legalization law signed by Murphy on Feb. 22. After that, the commission must set a date for the launch of adult use sales that falls within six months of the rules’ adoption — sometime next February at the latest.